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,...
Christmas market in France

10 Things to Do at Christmas in France

Public holidays are sacrosanct to the French, and none more so than Noël, when the Champagne flows liberally and there are countless options for festive fun… REIMS AT CHRISTMAS One of Champagne’s major cities, Reims stages an enormously popular...
Poster of Nuit Blanche Paris 2016 by Fabrice Hyber

Paris Pours its Heart into Nuit Blanche Art Festival

Fall in love with Paris all over again on a ‘sleepless night’ of contemporary art. Every year in the fall, Paris offers an incredible event from dusk till dawn, prompting visitors and Parisians to engage with the...
Paul Klee’s Insula Dulcamara

Paul Klee, Irony at Work at the Centre Pompidou in Paris

This exhibition is one of the highlights of the art calendar at the Pompidou. A Swiss-German painter, Paul Klee was also a printmaker and draughtsman, originally associated with the German Expressionist group Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), and subsequently...
The Battle of Yorktown by Auguste Couder

Must-See Shows in Paris: Top 5 Cultural Exhibitions for La Rentrée

Chirac & Non-European Cultures The Musée du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac was named in honour of the man who founded it. The exhibition Jacques Chirac or Cross-Cultural Dialogue examines his links with non- European cultures. Until October 9. Spectacular Second Empire Revered on its...

Parallels by Paris Musées: 10 Instagrammers Reinterpret Famous Artworks

Paris Musées has launched an innovative online platform which highlights the stunning collections held in Paris’s municipal museums, with works accessible digitally to anyone worldwide. This has opened up the unique collections like never before. To celebrate...

Monumenta 2016: A Hulking Serpent Invades the Grand Palais in Paris

Monumenta is the largest ephemeral art event in Paris. Each year, for the span of a few weeks, an artist is charged with the daunting task of filling the 13,500 m2 of the nave...
Turner, Beach at Calais

La Culture: Top Summer Picks Selected by France Today’s Arts Correspondent

Picasso, A Genius without a Pedestal 270 works by Picasso from the point of view of the artist looking for inspiration. The exhibit draws the visitor into the world of music, the circus, bullfighting, and the artist’s many travels. Until 29 August...
Le Petit Trianon

5 Reasons to Visit the Château de Versailles, Europe’s Grandest Palace

King Louis XIV’s Grand Apartments, Chamber & the Galerie des Glaces Seven rooms make up The Sun King’s ‘Grand Apartments’ and, as you progress from one to the next, your jaw will drop ever lower at their opulence. The...
La Tête dans les Olives

5 Unmissable Hidden Gems in Paris

La tête dans les olives – An Evening to Remember I have the good fortune to get to Paris a few times a year and if it’s not August, I’m plotting to get an evening...