Mallet-Stevens illuminates Villa Cavrois

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Even in grey skies, Villa Cavrois looks like a sunny ship! Mallet Stevens understood everything about light.

Even in grey skies, Villa Cavrois looks like a sunny ship! Mallet-Stevens understood everything about light.

It is a long and grim drive from Paris to Lille on the Autoroute du Nord which also leads to Brussels and Calais. But if you are travelling with two very dear friends, an architect from Boston, and the daughter of the leading Texas architect Frank Welch, it is much more fun.Read More

Chocolat, the first black actor in France

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Omar Sy and James Thierrée are a fantastic acting couple

Omar Sy and James Thierrée are a fantastic acting couple in Chocolat


« Chocolat », the new film directed by Roschdy Zem and produced by the Altmayer brothers (Nicolas and Eric), is the charming and sad story of the rise and fall of the first black actor in France. And it is a lovely surprise, thanks to the two main actors, James Thierrée, a confirmed stage actor and Charlie Chaplin’s grandson (who looks so much like his grandfather on screen) and Omar Sy who was made famous by his part in the film « Intouchables », and whose presence and large smile are vivid throughout the film.Read More

Shrove Tuesday with star butchers

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Women were being honored at Académie du Mardi gras

Women were being honored on the invitation of Académie du Mardi gras

It was just too tempting to be missed and so I crossed Paris from west to east under a violent rain storm, in order to see Stéphane Layani, President of the Rungis market, be honored with the Prix de l’Académie du Mardi Gras (Shrove Tuesday’s Academy prize), a prize given for the past five years to a personality who helps traditional French butchery. Shrove Tuesday was traditionally, in the Christian religion,  the last day when you could eat meat before lent. The invitation showed a lady butcher, but the room at Ecole Nationale supérieure des Métiers de la viande, was filled with men who were all presidents of some special food academy.Read More

Versailles in Arras, the great surprise!

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“Apollon servi par les nymphes et les Chevaux du Soleil”, marbre  by François Girardon and Thomas Regnaudin, ©D-Saulnier

Everything was a huge surprise in the city of Arras where I went after having  heard of the exhibition « Arras vous fait la cour » (Arras courts you ) of 100 chefs d’œuvres lent by Versailles. As always, it is hard to lead Parisians to the French provinces and the two hour drive to this northern city of Picardie was so easy and so pleasant that I intend to go back for a few days to see more museums.


A marble statue of Louis XIV by Varin in a decor of Escalier des Ambassadeurs

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“Spotlight” a true chef d’oeuvre

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The new editor of the Boston Glove shakes everyone around

The new editor of the Boston Globe, Marty Baron, (Liev Schreiber) shakes everyone around. He is now the executive editor of the Washington Post

If you have not seen this film yet, rush, you don’t have a choice! It is the most exciting, well written script and psychologically well tuned film I have seen for a long time. It only came out last week in Paris and it has become the word of mouth tip since. Everything is bright about it. The characters are unbelievably subtle, with their qualities and their faults, the acting is at its best with Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo and Boston is a fun city to spend two hours in.Read More

Jean-Baptiste Huet, the nephew…

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Un loup percé d'une lance, 1771,© David Rase

Un loup percé d’une lance, 1771, © David Rase

Musée Cognacq-Jay is one of those hidden treasures in the Marais that would remain unknown if it wasn’t for its special exhibitions. These are sometimes cramped in the little 16 th century rooms of Hotel de Donon, where Ernest Cognacq (1839-1928), the founder of La Samaritaine’s, collection of china and  antique furniture and paintings is exhibited, but curator Benjamin Couilleaux found the perfect topic this time, and the Jean-Baptiste Huet’s country paintings are a huge pleasure to discover.`Read More

My favorite Happy New Year cards

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One says that January 31st is the last day for sending good wishes for the New Year, so here are my favorite cards this year and I am happy to share them with you!


From Mexico City, the most colorful  table decoration by Gérard Fontaine

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