500 Year Anniversary: Leonardo da Vinci in the Loire Valley

With François I as patron, Leonardo da Vinci received a handsome pension to live in Amboise. He is known to have put his engineering genius to good use to help create lavish celebrations and even drew up plans to...

Things to See and Do in the Loire Valley

We highlight here some of the more popular activities, attractions and places to visit in the Loire Valley region. BALLOONING A relaxing and picturesque way to view the châteaux and river valleys from above; it’s as if the...

The Châteaux of the Loire, a Royal River

Have you ever wondered how Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa came to hang in Paris’s Louvre Museum? Well, no, it wasn’t through a sale at some prestigious global auction house, or even a dusty attic find. Five hundred years ago,...
Marilyn Monroe, 1956 by Cecil Beaton

5 Must-See Exhibitions in France this Winter

There is so much to see this winter, in Paris and in the provinces. On y va? Hodler Monet Munch The Marmottan-Monet museum presents these three painters as a journey through the three pivotal movements of European modernity: Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Symbolism. Until...
Aerial view of Le Mans

5 Fascinating Roman Sites in France

Le Mans: Painted city Naturally, when the name of Le Mans is mentioned, one immediately thinks of the world-famous 24-hour endurance race or iconic images of Steve McQueen in his Gulf Oil overalls. And while the event...
Opening night of French Truly Salon

French Truly Salon: New Series by the Seattle International Film Festival

On Bastille Day, Seattle’s International Film Festival (SIFF) crew debuted its French Truly Salon, in collaboration with Virginie Paradis, a native of Vienne and founder of French Truly, a  "très cool" French language, event...
FIAC 2015

What’s on in Paris: 3 Contemporary Art Exhibitions this Autumn

The who’s who of the art world air-kisses on the aisles of the Grand Palais in October at the international contemporary art fair FIAC, one of the main art events of la rentrée culturelle (October 20-23)....

The Treachery of Images: Magritte in Paris

Apples, bowler hats, umbrellas, and a famous non-pipe. The comprehensive retrospective of René Magritte’s work at the Centre Pompidou not only immerses us into his puzzling visual code but also into the mind of Magritte the...
AFMO Gala at Ambassador's Residence/Paris

The American Friends of the Musée d’Orsay Fetes the Museum’s 30th Birthday

The Elysée Palace will be the venue on Saturday evening, October 22nd for a gala event hosted by the American Friends of the Musée d’Orsay (AFMO). The night will celebrate 30 years of the Musée...
Poullain on Pablo Picasso's Nude with Bouquet of Iris and Square Mirror

The Dream: A Sensational Art Event at the Musée Cantini in Marseille

Why do we dream? Where do dreams come from? Do they live in our mind, our soul, or are they an esoteric bridge to an alternate reality? Artists have forever attempted to render this...