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The Rue de l’Abreuvoir in Montmartre

Parisian Walkways: Forgotten Montmartre

Once the haunt of supremely influential artists, Montmartre somehow manages to retain its Belle Époque allure.  On a sunny Sunday afternoon in 1876, Pierre-Auguste Renoir set up his easel at an open-air café on the top of the Butte...
Aerial view of Sète

5 Favourite Port Towns in France

Sète: A taste of the real Med Situated on the southern French coast between Montpellier and Béziers, Sète is a busy, bustling, working port in an unusual geographic setting. It resides on and around a single hill,...
Rodin, Ugolin et ses enfants

3 Must-See Sculpture Exhibitions in Paris this Winter

Looking at three very different points in time, three events in Paris to follow the evolution of sculpture... PICASSO – GIACOMETTI The Musée Picasso and the Fondation Giacometti present the first exhibition dedicated to the not always smooth dialogue between two major artists of...
Signe Chaumont

Museum Watch: Chaumont, Capital of Graphic Design

The first museum in France dedicated to graphic design, Le Signe international graphic design centre opened in October. The city of Chaumont is known for its international poster festival held every summer. The new centre reaffirms...
Henri Fantin-Latour at the Musée du Luxembourg

Henri Fantin-Latour: Painting Silence at the Musée du Luxembourg

Once again the Musée du Luxembourg puts together a marvellous jewel of an exhibition that invites us to discover a chapter of art history we may not be so familiar with. Best known for his exquisite still-lifes and...

Riviera Sightseeing: 12 Must-See Historic Places on the Côte d’Azur

The Alpes-Maritimes is the second most-visited region of France. Its ritzy backstory renders it awash with cultural sights, several of them once the private villas of the ostentatiously loaded. Even Nice, France’s fifth-largest city, hosts more...
Menton

The French Riviera in Winter

Those who winter in the South of France sojourn in the shadow of greats. The blazing winter sun tempted 19th-century celebrity to the Côte d’Azur: royalty, nobility, artists, authors. Just as café follows déjeuner, the merely wealthy followed the fabulously...
La Cité du Vin

La Cité du Vin: The Must-See New Attraction in Bordeaux

“Il m’est arrivé d’affirmer ‘La Cité du Vin’ sera mon Guggenheim.”  “I have said that the Cité du Vin will be my Guggenheim.” -- Alain Juppé, Mayor of Bordeaux As I have written recently in France...
Blooming, Cy Twombly

La Culture: 5 Must-See Shows in Paris This Winter

Art enthusiasts are spoilt for choice this winter. There are so many events to see in Paris! Cy Twombly This blockbuster show at the Pompidou Centre in Paris presents an unprecedented retrospective of Twombly’s entire career through 104 paintings, sculptures, sketches and photographs. 30 November to...

Grand Musée du Parfum Opens in Paris

The Grand Musée du Parfum opens its doors in Paris in a majestic converted mansion at 73 Rue de Faubourg Saint Honoré (where else?) in the heart of Paris’s Golden Triangle. The museum, entirely...