A coffee place which sells rare International cookies

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Brûlerie de Varenne is a tiny little shop not far from Hôtel Matignon where you can find Brigitte Macron’s family macarons, the Jean Trogneux macarons from Amiens… Of course you can order them online but for a last minute lunch it is fun to bring something few people have tasted in Paris, like the Spanish D. Sancho Melero cookies which … Read More

Happy New Year!

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There is nothing more uplifting than watching beauty whether in an art gallery or outside in a fabulous landscape. I travelled to La Gomera in Spain over the holidays, and the sunny weather and beautiful nature gave me more appetite for the numerous exhibitions and concerts taking place this winter. I wish you all, mu faithful readers,  light and happiness … Read More

The January 1, Legion of honor nominations

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It’s always fun to read the nominations to the Legion of honor in Le Figaro and this year again many cultural figures were honored. The American artist Sheila Hicks born Sheila Bedrick, is made chevalier, the first grade. She lives in Paris near Odeon and has had major exhibits at Centre Pompidou and at Carnavalet, more recently in 2021, at Mobilier … Read More

A double bill at Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson starts Paris photo week

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Friday night was a major evening at Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson rue des Archives, when privileged guests could discover the new premises after two years of renovation and with two exhibitions. Jan Groover, the long lost American photographer who loved France, on the main floor, and downstairs, in the new vaulted gallery, “Henri Cartier-Bresson /Martin Parr, the Reconciliation”. The reason everyone … Read More

Amid the crisis, there are some wonderful moments…

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Two events this week cheered me up amid the horrific news of strikes, fuel shortages, war, and mostly the 12 year old young girl who was murdered on her way back from school, by a sick woman in Paris. “Leurs voix pour l’espoir”, a concert of French singers  produced by the charming Laurie Cholewa took place for the tenth time … Read More

Les Grandes Ecuries, a new festival and a new association in Chantilly!

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In Chantilly, the Martha Argerich “Coups de Coeur” last week end turned out to be a moment of discoveries around the famous pianist who had celebrated her 80 th birthday there last year, surrounded by friends and family in Les Grandes Ecuries. The music festival created by Serge Sobczynski and Iddo Bar Shai, took place under the patronage of Prince … Read More