Museums, Monuments + Culture

  • Meilleurs Ouvriers de France - Best Craftsmanship in France

    By Sue Aran

    Hidden amongst the luxurious bustle of Parisian culture, where artisanship has become an art form, you'll find the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France (MOF).  Recognizable only by their red, white and blue collars, this prestigious group represents over 162 creative arts disciplines devoted to their craft in France, including cheese makers, florists, textile designers, chefs, leather crafters, graphic designers and jewelers.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 06 January 2013 )
  • Salon du Patrimoine Culturel - Nov 8-11

    By Jane del Monte

    I admit it. I am a culture nerd, with a special attraction to artisans. In a museum, I have to get up close enough to see the artist’s touch and try to figure out how he attained a particular color.  I’m the one you see at a cathedral who, while everyone else is admiring a stained glass window from afar, has her nose up against the window, critiquing some long-departed artisan’s soldering technique.

    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 07 November 2012 )
  • The Shoe, A French Passion

    By Laura Packham

    Shoes-lovers are rushing to Paris, as a free exhibition on French footware draws to a close this week.

    La Chaussure une Passion Française "The Shoe, A French Passion" is currently showcasing hundreds of women's, men's and children's shoes dating from the 19th Century through to current catwalk trends.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 02 November 2012 )
  • Urs Fischer, École Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris

    By Robert Barry

    The great hall of the Chapelle des Petits Augustins is dominated by the larger than life figure of the Colleone; a plaster mold copy based upon an original by Verrocchio which still stands in a Venetian square. A proud figure on horseback; erect, dynamic, for all the world as if were about to charge down the aisle toward the exit and make a break for it.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 06 January 2013 )
  • Three More Paris Places

    By Arnie Greenberg

    Travel west along the east-west axis and as you cross the river, you can see the great Arche, whose 300 foot rooftop offers a wonderful vantage point for viewing the area.  That axis runs in a perfect straight line from the Louvre's Arc du Carrousel to la Défense.

    Last Updated ( Saturday, 27 October 2012 )
  • The Musée de Montmartre

    By Paul Prescott

    Until January 13, 2013, the Musée de Montmartre is reopening the doors of the past with their exposition Autour du Chat Noir: Arts et Plaisirs à Montmartre 1880-1910 (Around the Chat Noir: Pleasure and Art in Montmartre between 1880 – 1910). The museum is displaying an impressive range of memorabilia covering everything from schools of thought to schools of art, from cafés to theaters, from frivolous pastimes to war and rebellion, all of which found a home on the hills of Montmartre at the turn of the 20th century.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 26 October 2012 )
  • Ghosts of the Paris Opera

    By Robert Barry

    On the 14th of July, 1789, a crowd of people en route to storm the Bastille stopped off at the Paris Opera. Amongst them, Charles Mangin, the theatre's caterer, was in possession of the necessary keys and he let the people into the storerooms of the opera house's props. There the crowd helped themselves to whatever weapons they could lay their hands on - leaving behind only those made of papier-mâché.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 06 January 2013 )
  • Impressionism and Fashion at the Musée d’Orsay

    By Jane del Monte

    Think of an elegant friend whose beauty has withstood the passage of time. Pleasant and entertaining, often taken for granted, our friend has a radical past. So it is with Impressionism.

    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 October 2012 )
  • Sewer Museum

    By Laura Packham

    A perfect escape from the rain or heat, 'The Paris Sewer Museum' or 'Le Musée des Égouts de Paris,' holds an extensive showcase and history of what happens after you flush in cosmopolitan France.

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 09 October 2012 )
  • Palais Élysée

    By Misa Shikuma

    For a mere two days out of the year, the Palais l’Élysée opens its doors to the public as part of the European Union’s Heritage Days celebration. Located in Paris’ ritzy 8th arrondissement, the sumptuous yet stately residence of the French president retains the ornate details that are the hallmark of traditional architecture while still feeling modern and livable.

    Last Updated ( Saturday, 09 March 2013 )
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