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Musée de la vie romantique – exhibit Pierre-Joseph Redouté

May 21st, 2017

The Musée de la vie romantique in the 9th, a haven of calm and green for the city-weary traveler, is worth a visit this time of year for its lovely garden and little café.  And this spring the plus is a small exhibit of the work of Pierre-Joseph Redouté (The Power of Flowers), an 18th century painter and botanist.  A large part of his work was documenting plants being discovered as part of the colonial explorations of the period, a fascinating intersection of science, history and

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Visiting Paris – a tip to avoid the lines

January 19th, 2017

Today at the Centre Pompidou.  This is why you should buy museum tickets online in advance!  The line was even more impressive in person…  And with advance purchased tickets I walked to the head of the security line to enter the museum.  Conservative estimate of time save – 20 to 30 minutes!  And this was a weekday afternoon, not during a holiday period!

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Musée Quai Branly – Night Photos

January 16th, 2017

I wanted to see the latest exhibit at Quai Branly, The Color Line (about African-American artists since the Civil War) before it closed yesterday (I know I shouldn’t have waited until the last minute but it got away from me!).  At 3:30 Saturday the wait to get in was 1 hour 20 minutes.  So I went and did other things and came back around 7:30 (possible since they’re open late – until 9 pm – on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  And there was no waiting at

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Fondation Louis Vuitton

November 26th, 2016

The building that houses the Foundation Louis Vuitton was designed by Frank Gehry. It’s referred to as the Bateau Verre (Glass Boat) – which it does resemble from many angles – and houses temporary exhibitions (the current one – Icons of Modern Art, The Shchukin Collection, until February 20, 2017 – is fabulous!).  The building itself, a work of art with its soaring glass shell and many terraces, is worth the visit for that alone.  And the French sculptor Daniel Buren’s installation of colored panels (which

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Monumenta, Grand Palais

May 13th, 2016

Monumenta, organized by the Grand Palais Paris every spring since 2007, gives one selected artist carte blanche for an installation in the Nef of the Grand Palais.  This year’s work by Huang Yong Ping, a Chinese artist living in France, and titled Empires is a comment on globalization, the industrial revolution and, of course, empires.  Comprised of 305 shipping containers, a giant snake and an enormous replica of Napoleon’s famous hat, it’s impressive and thought provoking.  And it’s always wonderful to visit the Nef, with

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Wisteria!

May 11th, 2016

I love wisteria!  So spring in France/Paris is extra special because you see it just about everywhere.  Stunning walls of it, not just a few blooms!  Below, a few photos from my neighborhood.  I just hope I manage to get to Monet’s gardens at Giverny in time to see the wisteria blooming over the Japanese bridge!

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More on Easter in France

April 15th, 2016

Chocolate is king at Easter, in France as in the US.  But in France, while you can find chocolate bunnies, you also find bells (cloches) and fish/shellfish (fritures).  For the bells, it’s in honor of a legend that all the church bells return to Rome for Easter.  With the fish, it’s supposedly a reference to 2 New Testament miracles (when the inhabitants of Galilee had a catch so large that it tore the nets and another where Jesus -resurrected – appeared to Peter, after which he caught

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Easter Treats!

March 27th, 2016

French chocolate makers outdo themselves at Easter.  Here are just a few samples (OK, the last one isn’t chocolate but marzipan) from some of my favorite chocolate shops in Paris!  

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Christmas (tree) aftermath

March 8th, 2016

Christmas 2015 is long since over but thinking of Christmas in Paris this year?   If you celebrate with a live tree what to do with your dead Christmas tree in Paris?  Certainly don’t leave it on the sidewalk in front of your building (it creates a real headache for the garbage collectors plus there’s a 65 euro fine).  But happily the city sets up collection points around Paris for tree disposal.  It’s been fun to watch the parade of trees to the one near me –

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Street Art in Paris

January 25th, 2016

Well, this time it’s more like stairway art!  I discovered this in the 14th arrondissement very near the Parc Montsouris.  Because this is painted on the risers of the steps the image changes depending on where you’re standing.  But the artist very thoughtfully marked the best viewing spot on the pavers in the street below. PS – there’s street art all over the city, a little bonus of wandering around!

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