Richard Duqué tells all about Quai d’Orsay

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There was a snow storm outside and hundreds of Parisians were stuck on the motorway trying to get home. But this did not deter Richard Duqué‘s colleagues and friends who all rushed to the wonderful bookstore of Saint Germain des Prés, l’Ecume des Pages, to buy his Memoirs of a diplomat, “Une Vie au Quai, de la guerre froide au … Read More

Beyeler celebrates 20 years, with Monet

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Twenty years ago, Ernst Beyeler was inaugurating his foundation in Riehen, near Basel, Switzerland. Architect Renzo Piano delivered a masterpiece for what is considered one of the greatest private collections of art in the world. The art dealer died in 2010 but Fondation Beyeler is well alive with a Monet show which has attracted 100 000 visitors in two months.

New york City ballet is back in Paris after eight years

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I had booked tickets in memory of the fabulous years in New York when Violette Verdy and Peter Martins were dancing under Balanchine’s eye. But this evening at the Châtelet, with the New York City ballet and its young dancers, was so strong and fabulous that I decided I had to let you know.

Le Muselet, a French Japanese treat

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It is rare even for my lazy friends who are free all afternoon and I to sip champagne over lunch. But at le Muselet, it is traditional, for this restaurant  run by a Japanese chef is entirely devoted to independent champagne growers. And it is a delight. Its name comes from the iron wire that keeps champagne corks on the … Read More

Anna Karenine at Théâtre de la Tempête

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French newspapers are full of Golshifteh Farahani, the 32 year old Iranian actress who had to leave her country four years ago, in order to be free on screen. She was in Cannes for the film festival and spoke about Jim Jarmush’s « Paterson » in which she acts, she is on French screens in « Les Malheurs de Sophie … Read More

Huang Yong Ping is MONUMENTA at Grand Palais

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Everything is out of norm at the Grand Palais for this new edition of MONUMENTA devoted to Chinese artist Huang Yong Ping who lives in the Paris suburbs of Ivry sur Seine. « Empires », as the show is called, is a political work of art on globalisation , taking Napoléon’s battle of Eylau as a starting point. The Emperor’s … Read More

Chaumont sur Loire, the castle and nothing else

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  Chaumont sur Loire is a beautiful little village overlooking the Loire, not far from Chambord and Blois. Every year, an International Festival of gardens is organised in the park of the castle. And evey year I go. But for the first time, I was totally disenchanted by the festival which shows no new idea and no good design with … Read More