News from confinement

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The first peonies in Hontanares, Spain, photo Anne Laure Gillet

The greatest event of the week has been the delivery of flowers from a friend who is happily doing her garden in Arcangues, near Biarritz and decided to share her joy of Spring with her Parisian friends. She had bouquets delivered to all of them around the city… what a brilliant gesture! The saddest news is to see that Le Figaro’s obituary page on Fridays, has grown from two to three pages… A real shock. Of course, most people were very old but it is a concrete sign of the increase of deaths in France which now amount to over 15 000. Read More

Lukas Michel, mid amateur Golf champion

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Lukas Michel on the 13 th hole at Morfontaine on May 28, 2018

When I first met Lukas Michel at Morfontaine in 2018, I was impressed by his unpretentious attitude and excellent golf, his politeness and a sort of shyness mixed with a strong determination. After graduating from Engineering school in Melbourne, he had spent some time studying at St Andrews. This is where he was coming from, on his way from Melbourne where he lives, to the US where he was playing a number of amateur tournaments. Last September he was the first non US National to win the Mid amateur for players over 25. As a result, he is qualified to play the US Open at Winged Foot and the Masters, which have both been postponed.  Read More

A recipe a week and a great lemon mousse

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Monique d’Agay in her provençal kitchen in Agay, on the Riviera

It is rare nowadays to live in a town which carries your last name, especially on the Riviera. Monique d’Agay, has lived all her life near St Raphael and  is a Provençale cook by excellence. She gave us two recipes one of a quiche provençale with red and green peppers and one of a lemon mousse. Read More

Happy Easter, wherever you are!

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Happy Easter to all of you around the world

Chocolate Easter eggs will be rare this year but you can still celebrate with real eggs, which you paint and have the children run around looking for them in the garden!

Easter is next Sunday.


Everything we missed this week, in Paris

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The Seine seen from the Pont Royal, at the Louvre, photo Véronique Goupy

Normally, the week was going to be intense, much too intense: it should have started with the opening of the new Chanel wing at Palais Galliera which was under construction for the last two years. It is publicized online as the first Museum of Fashion in France? Olivier Saillard turned the museum into a trendy fashion space, let’s see what happens now? But I remember the opening of the fashion museum at MAD when Pierre Provoyeur was running it, in 1986… So there are now two museums of fashion in France.Read More

A recipe a week, Poêlée de poulet aux carottes

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Poêlée of chicken with carrots and cumin by Eric Turmel

If you are very impatient and like to prepare a real dish in less than 30 mins, Eric Turmel offers this tip. Poêlée of chicken with carrots and cumin to which you can add fenil. Soak raisins in water (and a bit of armagnac if you like) a few hours beforehand. Use a breast of chicken per person, shred it in pieces and roast it in a pan with a little bit of olive oil. Add thinly cut onion and carrots, cut in the length. Add the soaked raisins, salt pepper and cumin. Add a little bit of water or white wine and let the whole pan stir for fifteen minutes. Serve with coriander on top. You can also add cooked fenil or rice.Read More

Atam Rasho wins the Pierre David-Weill drawing prize

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Atam Rasho, “Mass Grave”, won the First Prize

Selected by a jury composed of Jean Anguera, Pierre Collin, Erik Desmazières, Astrid de la Forest, Philippe Garel and Brigitte Terziev, the prize offered by Michel David-Weill in memory of his father Pierre, who was a member of the Académie des Beaux Arts, was awarded to three young artists. The 23 finalists of the prize will (hopefully) see their works exhibited at the Institut de France later this year.Read More

More news from confinement

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Sharing a drink from Garrison’s pool in Maribago, on Mactan Island in Cebu, one of the 700 islands of Philippines

While Garrison Rousseau is happily having a drink by his pool on Mactan Island in Cebu, Nicky Vreeland, continues his recording in black and white of the Tibetan monastery in Southern India, which he runs and  where he is confined. The Monastery is called Rato Dratsang and is located in Mundgod, in  Karnataka. Nicky, the grand son of Vogue editor Diana Vreeland,  apprenticed with Richard Avedon in New York in the 1970’s and is now the abbot of the monastery, a fully ordained Tibetan monk, dedicating his photographic skills to his people. You can see and buy his photographs on lineRead More