Posts Tagged ‘culture&art’

Rolla, Henri Gervex, "L'impressionisme et la mode/Fashion and Impressionism," Musée d'Orsay

Parisian Women: Visit a Belle Epoque Beauty

By 1900, Europe’s female celebrities were les cocottes, Paris-based courtesans whose taste dictated fashion. Figures such as Mata Hari, la Belle Otéro and Cléo de Mérode were seen as ultimate Parisian women. But the work of these grandes horizontales was hardly all horizontal. They served as the trophy companions of powerful men, but also as hostesses and artistic muses. No place were these great beauties seen more frequently than at Maxim’s. The historic restaurant, once their showplace, celebrates the women’s rich lifestyle in its museum.

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Alphonse Mucha's bijouterie de Guy Fouquet at the Musée Carnavalet

Paris Travel on the Cheap

These days, many people are hesitant to travel to Paris because they fear a high price tag on every activity they want to do. But like any metropolitan city, Paris boasts tons of things to do, see, eat and drink that are cheap or even free. From music and movie festivals in the summer to cheap cultural goodies when the weather doesn’t behave, you can rest assured that traveling to Paris does not have to break the bank. Here are some of my favorite low-price things to enjoy around Paris.

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Cafe de la Nouvelle Mairie

Gypsy Jazz in the Quartier Latin

Monday is the new Friday at Le Piano Vache, est. 1969, especially if you’re a fan of gypsy jazz. It’s tucked away behind the Panthéon, in the 5th Arrondissement, just above the Quartier Latin, where the rue Laplace connects the rue Valette and the rue de la Montagne Sainte-Geneviève and forms a one-block stretch of quiet. Pure and neighborhoody Paris. In the evening, humid darkness settles down into the cobbled cracks.

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Your Paris Palette: Impress with Impressionism

In terms of a palette, Impressionism is . . . impressive. As the Musée d’Orsay‘s “Impressionism and Fashion” shows, the art movement enjoyed serious links to la mode. Painting the women around them, the Impressionists turned into Paris style bloggers. After all, they lived during a fashion boom, a time when the newly rich spent and spent—and spent. This highly original exposition is one you shouldn’t miss.

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The seasonal Ferris wheel at the Place de la Concorde

Getting into the Holiday Spirit in Paris

Paris is a place with a mythical, magical quality. Every day of the year can be special, but the City of Light really lives up…

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Official! The Best French Film Ever Made

Every French cinema fan can tell you: it’s the greatest Paris love story ever filmed. In every way, Les Enfants du Paradis (The Children of Paradise) is a legend, which is why the Cinémathèque Française is now giving it a special exhibition. They have assembled hundreds of photos, costumes, clips, posters, letters, scripts, scores—even one full-size replica of a set. But there’s no point urging you to see the exposition until you have seen, or reseen, the film itself. Once you’ve been spellbound by its timeless drama, you’ll make straight for the Cinémathèque.

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