A l’étoile d’Or, a wonderful vestige of the past

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Denise Acabo has been running “A l’Etoile d’Or”, the most exquisite chocolate shop for almost fifty years, on rue Pierre Fontaine, in the trendy 9 th arrondissement. With her long blond braids, she looks more like Bécassine than like a business woman and it is very charming. She is proud of her Italian ancestors, and mostly of the diversity of … Read More

Easter is chocolate time!

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Sales of chocolate are so important for Easter in France that chocolate shops have been called “essential shops” like hairdressers and bookstores in the new lockdown law. I just read in Guide Lebey‘s newsletter, the guide of food and drinks which is sent out on Fridays, about a young chocolate creator, L’Instant Cacao at 3 rue des Petits Champs. The … Read More

David Nash is in great shape at Lelong & Co

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With “The Many Voices of the Trees”, a new exhibition at Galerie Lelong & Co, David Nash proves once again what a brilliant sculptor he is. He shows an oak column, a walnut frame, a part-charred sequoia, an elm frame, a spalted beech, a charred sycamore, a maple wave, a walnut egg… but also drawings on paper and three sculptures … Read More

Empreintes celebrates craftworkers in the Marais

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As you know, I love spending a few hours wandering in the Marais and visiting the galleries I know but also discovering new shops every time. I ventured into Empreintes a design space located at 5 rue de Picardie, which opened a few years ago. On the ground floor little presents, earrings, ceramics, seem pleasant enough but nothing extra-ordinary. Once … Read More

Young artists show at l’Institut de France

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Pavillon Comtesse de Caen is this little gallery within the Institut de France (Académie Française) on the right side of the building. It often has charming exhibitions of laureates or memorable ers of teh Academy, which are free and at the moment (until March 21), eleven alumni from the prestigious French Academy in Madrid (Casa de Velazquez), show their work … Read More

For Valentine a few happy images and a sculpture walk

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This year Valentine is on a Sunday but you can spend the whole week celebrating. It’s the time to be inventive and to create your own beauty with little details of your life. Not everyone is as talented as Marie Noël de Gary who always seems to manage beautiful “tableaux” with the few flowers or accessories she keeps at home. … Read More