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  • Photo of the Week - October 31, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    November is officially Le Mois de la Photo in Paris. For it's 18th edition, the program revolves around three themes - La photographie méditerranéenne, Anonymes et amateurs célèbres, and Au cœur de l’intime. This week's photograph is from the current exhibition at the Jeu de Paume of work by the American photograher Garry Winogrand, which runs from October 14, 2014 to February 8, 2015.

    Last Updated ( Thursday, 30 October 2014 )
  • Choupette: The Private Life of a High-Flying Fashion Cat

    By Katja Kozlevcar

    Fashion world can get to silly extends sometimes. Designers produce unwearable art, editors make up incomprehensible demands and cats get their own books. The fashion's most famous pet comes from maison Lagerfeld – creative director of Chanel and one of the most recognisable designers in the world.

    Last Updated ( Thursday, 30 October 2014 )
  • Maison Kitsuné Opens Its Second Boutique in Paris

    By Katja Kozlevcar

    Maison Kitsuné is a collaborative brand between Gildas Loaëc, creative director of the band Daft Punk, and the architect Masaya Kuroki, who made a switch to fashion design. Bringing together music, fashion and design, Kitsuné is a unique concept of trendy and modern luxury.

    Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 October 2014 )
  • Rossi & Co : Carton Rouge : When Prunier Met Betjeman & Barton : Stop Press Musical Chefs & Bûche of the Week Buzz

    By Margaret Kemp

    Two restaurants this week with links to, football, the beautiful game. Rossi & Co, unique ristorante, with a talented chef, from Naples, who once walked for Givenchy. Carton Rouge (Red Card) a seriously good bistro even if you’re not a PSG supporter. Chez Prunier, Betjeman & Barton rare teas are matched with salmon and caviar. Diarise #caviarshot. Musical chefs and, take a look at  Angelina’s belle bûche.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 24 October 2014 )
  • Square Danielle-Mitterrand

    By Gregory Ross

    This pearl-shaped park is hidden on a narrow street that jets off the Seine. There are apartment buildings nestled to both sides of the park and, like a village in the countryside, there are no alleyways between the abutting buildings. They resemble a sinuous wave of white that crawls its way into the heart of the fifth arrondissement.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 24 October 2014 )
  • Mommy: A French-Canadian Prodigy Takes Paris by Storm

    By Dimitri Keramitas

    Director Xavier Dolan is considered a prodigy in France. At 25-years-old and with several Cannes prizes already under his belt, he’s being hailed as the French-Canadian Orson Welles. His new film, Mommy, has had a rapturous critical reception, and the Parisian public is flocking to this harrowing (and long) film. And Mommy is definitely worth seeing.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 24 October 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - October 24, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    This week's photo, titled Jean-Paul Marcheschi avec la chienne Tagine, features the French artist Jean-Paul Marcheschi and his dog Tagine in front of one of his pieces in the mid 90s. Born in Corsica in 1951, Marcheschi is a painter and sculptor based in Paris. Inspired profoundly by Dante's Divine Comedy, he began using "the brush of fire" in his work in the mid 80s, a process which involves painting with soot, wax and smoke. In 1996, he was commissioned to do a piece for a production of Stravinsky's The Firebird at Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, a city where his work can also be seen in the metro station Carmes.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 24 October 2014 )
  • Transhumance - Fête du Mouton

    By Sue Aran

    A friend of mine recently called and asked if I wanted to go to the transhumance with him in the village of Toujouse, about 15 minutes away from where I live in the Gers.  Puzzled, I asked, "What's the transhumance?" , thinking maybe it was a long distance race and we'd watch the winner cross the finish line - I wasn't that far off.  Transhumance ( from the French, transhumer - to change ones pasture) is actually the seasonal migration of people with their livestock between summer and winter pastures, in this case sheep, hundreds of them.

    Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 October 2014 )
  • Paris Fashion Week is Pushing the Fashion Revolution Forward

    By Katja Kozlevcar

    Paris was once again the center of the world when fashion industry elite invaded the city for the presentations of Spring/Summer 2015 collections at Paris Fashion Week. Being the last scheduled fashion capitol, after New York, London and Milan, Paris has a reputation to close fashion month with a bang, which was proven once again.


    Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 October 2014 )
  • The Art of the Scam: The 'Artsy' Side of Paris You Don’t Want to See

    By Robyn Webb

    Everywhere you look in Paris there is art; certainly in the museums, but don't forget about artfully arranged boutique windows artistically wrapped purchases, wildly imaginative graffiti art and the art of living well, something which Parisians have turned into, well…  an art form.

    Last Updated ( Monday, 20 October 2014 )
  • Bleu de Lectoure

    By Sue Aran

    When I lived in Seattle, Washington, I used to drive to Vancouver, British Columbia once a year, before the holidays, to shop for gifts on Granville Island.  Granville Island has a wonderful public market, artist's studios and co-ops filled with imaginative, handmade crafts.  I always saved the best store for last, Maiwa Handprints, a textile lover's paradise specializing in embroidered, block printed, handwoven, naturally dyed textiles from India.

    In November of 2009, while once again shopping at Maiwa, I discovered a brochure for a symposium given by Henri Lambert of the Bleu de Lectoure shop, another textile lover's paradise...

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 28 October 2014 )
  • Person of the Moment: Philippe Starck - THE ULTIMATE JOURNEY

    By Margaret Kemp

    Philippe Starck is one of the few contemporary French designers famous worldwide. In a brilliant career spanning 40 years, with more than 10,000 designs to his name, he’s established an image as the world's most prolific and exciting creator.

    From everyday products, such as furniture and lemon squeezers, to revolutionary mega-yachts, micro wind turbines, restaurants, electric cars, hotels etc. Starck never ceases to push the boundaries and criteria of contemporary design, describes his work as: “subversive, ethical, ecological, political, fun: this is how I see my duty as a creator”.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 17 October 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - October 17, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    These two photographs were taken in 1925, and show the parachutist Grandveaud during and after his jump off of a bridge in the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. The park, which is located in the northeast of Paris, is the fifth largest in Paris, and opened in 1867 at the end of Napoleon III's regime. The brick bridge from which Grandveaud jumped is 22 meters high, and came to be known as "suicide bridge" following a series of suicides. Since then, the bridge has been fenced in with wire mesh.

    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 October 2014 )
  • Two Doors, One Morning

    By Joseph Lestrange

    Doorways can be beautiful, some of them. Think of those elegant beauties in the apartment houses from the 1890s with marble brackets holding up a lintel overhead, below that a mascaron or sometimes a cartouche, the chestnut or oak of the double doors themselves, their glass armored in cast-iron grillwork with a sculpted head or maybe a pineapple or a bunch of grapes up top, their shiny door knobs or, better yet rings, catching the eye like birthmarks, the flinty threshold.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 17 October 2014 )
  • Crêpes with Apples and Caramel Sauce

    By Wini Moranville

    Here’s an easy recipe for crêpes—plus the answer to frequently asked questions about making them.

    Last Updated ( Monday, 13 October 2014 )

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