The Royal Garden of Medicinal Plants was created in 1635 Continue reading “JARDIN DES PLANTES – PARIS”
When it comes to the Sacré-Coeur basilica, my feelings are more than mixed. Continue reading “SACRÉ-COEUR – PARIS”
Here is the final article of my series dedicated to Haussmannian Parisian parks Continue reading “MONCEAU PARK – PARIS”
La “Petite Ceinture” is one of those Parisian places out of time Continue reading “PETITE CEINTURE – PARIS”
Here is another very pretty park that we owe to Napoleon III Continue reading “MONTSOURIS PARK – PARIS”
Zadkine museum is one of the rare sculptors’ studios – along with that of Antoine Bourdelle Continue reading “ZADKINE MUSEUM – PARIS”
Born in 1861, Emile-Antoine Bourdelle was a prolific and influential French sculptor. Continue reading “BOURDELLE MUSEUM – PARIS”
The Museum of Romantic Life was Dutch painter Ary Scheffer’s Continue reading “MUSEUM OF ROMANTIC LIFE – PARIS”
Who knows the Parisian flea market, where previously-owned treasures can be found? Continue reading “FLEA MARKET – PARIS”
In 1974, the Yves Saint Laurent fashion house moved to a Parisian townhouse dating back to the Second Empire, 5 Avenue Marceau. Continue reading “YSL MUSEUM – PARIS”
And here is Montmartre as I like it: a desert Montmartre with no one in sight, early in the morning. It feels like a quiet village. Continue reading “MONTMARTRE – PARIS”
Three lives, one palace.
That’s what I’ve named the Palais Gaillard, isn’t that fabulous? The Palais Gaillard is a jewel of neo-gothic, neo-Renaissance Parisian style Continue reading “CITÉCO – PARIS”
Bagatelle is the result of a crazy bet. In 1777, Marie-Antoinette challenged the Count of Artois to build a small palace in less than a hundred days. Continue reading “BAGATELLE – PARIS”
The Cernuschi museum was founded in 1898 by the French banker and economist Henri Cernuschi Continue reading “CERNUSCHI MUSEUM – PARIS”
We say the Monceau Park, the Montsouris Park and the Buttes-Chaumont Park but the Luxembourg Gardens, which are treasured by many Parisians, deserve their particular appellation. Continue reading “LUXEMBOURG GARDENS – PARIS”
Les Invalides complex dominates the Parisian skyline and encapsulates two major moments of French history: Louis XIV and Napoleon’s reigns, my favorite French dictators (kind of). Continue reading “LES INVALIDES – PARIS”
How could I be a decent parisienne who loves the history of fashion and not talk about the Galliera Palace? Well, I couldn’t, because it’s Paris fashion museum.
I couldn’t for several reasons. Continue reading “GALLIERA – PARIS”
I would like to talk to you about a monument only few people know about, although it is truly worth the visit: the “Expiatory Chapel” dedicated to French King Louis XVI and Queen Marie-Antoinette. Continue reading “EXPIATORY CHAPEL – PARIS”
I am always extremely moved by what the Garnier Opera house represents.
Besides the fact that the building is of an absolutely decadent beauty and that it reunites many arts in its midst (Lyrical art! Dancing! Painting and a Chagall ceiling! Literature and the phantom of the Opera! Architecture!), the Opera house perfectly illustrates the rule of will. Continue reading “GARNIER OPERA HOUSE – PARIS”
You often see me wearing these pants with these shoes. There are two reasons for this.
I like these pants. And I like these shoes.
Well, kind of. Continue reading “PALAIS ROYAL – PARIS”
The Parisian Arts Décoratifs museum celebrated in 2107 the 70th anniversary of the creation of the house of Dior. This lavish and comprehensive exhibition invites visitors on a voyage of discovery through the universe of the house of Dior’s founder and the illustrious couturiers who succeeded him : Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and, most recently, Maria Grazia Chiuri. Continue reading “CHRISTIAN DIOR EXHIBITION – PARIS”
This museum is an early 20th century mansion, built and decorated by a banker who loved the Age of French Enlightenment.
It’s my favorite museum in Paris. I have been visiting it regularly for the past twenty years, like I would an old friend, just to make sure it hasn’t changed and everything is fine. It is a place outside of time, both magnificent and tragic. Continue reading “NISSIM DE CAMONDO MUSEUM – PARIS”
Those who know Paris are aware that its docks are full of life. Full of life first of all… because people live there, on barges, which are often charming and graceful.
Full of life also because, depending on the spot, you’ll find either an astonishing number of bars and restaurants, or simply a welcome solitude. Continue reading “ON THE WATERFRONT – PARIS”
Although I am a Parisian, I never get bored of exploring my city and I particularly love showing it to the children. And discovering Paris from a side-car is kind of a dream, isn’t it? Continue reading “SIDE-CAR – PARIS”
Another way of admiring Paris and its monuments, from the Seine…
The Seine, the unconscious division between the Rive Gauche and Rive Droite. Continue reading “SEINE AVENUE – PARIS”
I absolutely love the Jacquemart-André museum, which I have already talked about. The fact that it was an actual place of life before being turned into a museum always moves me in a special way. Continue reading “JACQUEMART-ANDRE MUSEUM – PARIS”
To be totally honest, what I prefer at the Rodin Museum is Camille Claudel.
Although I admire the great sculptor’s art, I have always been more moved by Camille Claudel’s work, that is full of delicacy and fragility. Continue reading “RODIN MUSEUM – PARIS”
Some places firmly resist the passage of time: the Galerie Vivienne is definitely one of those places. Built in 1823, filled with shops, far from the urban commotions, it was the ideal place for wandering Parisians. Continue reading “GALERIE VIVIENNE – PARIS”