Fondation Bemberg, a hidden gem in Toulouse

The Renaissance Hotel d'Assézat houses the Bemberg collection

The Renaissance Hôtel d’Assézat houses the Bemberg collection

Georges Bemberg a Renaissance Man who died at 94

Georges Bemberg a Renaissance Man who died at 94

It is rare to fall in love so fast with an art collection as I have in Toulouse this week. I had wanted to visit Fondation Bemberg for a long time and four years after the death of its genius creator, Georges Bemberg, I was invited by its new president, Art historian and gallerist Guillermo de Osma, to tour this spectacular private collection with its director of 20 years, Philippe Cros, who is the collector’s living memory. And I was mesmerized.Read More

Jean Rochefort, in full form at 85

Sandrine Kiberlain and Jean Rochefort, a wininng team!

Sandrine Kiberlain and Jean Rochefort, a wininng team!

« Floride » is a strange title for a film on the topic of Alzheimer : in director Philippe Le Guay’s film, the word symbolizes the dream of a father to visit his daughter, who died eight years ago and lived in Miami. The story is charming, absurd, moving, funny and dark at the same time, but the main interest is Jean Rochefort, who at 85 manages to occupy the screen for 90 mns. And he is so attractive !

The fashion codes are fabulous

The fashion codes are fabulous

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Glacier National Park, a real surprise

A view from the hotel over Waterton lake

A view from the Prince of Wales hotel on Waterton lake

Driving to Glacier National Park at the border of Montana and Canada, can sound like a big adventure, especially when the Going-to-the-sun road (opened in 1932) is closed for fire alerts, but I must admit that the five hour or so drive from Missoula was only fun and beauty as far as I am concerned. After a shopping spree at Betty’s Divine, a vintage store managed by Miranda Hickox, I loved going along Flathead Lake and buying different kinds of excellent cherries under pouring rain. When we arrived at the Prince of Wales hotel in time for a gin and tonic in front of the setting sun, I felt blessed.

Prince of Wales hotel was inaugurated after the future Edward the 8 th bought a large ranch nearby.

Prince of Wales hotel was inaugurated after the future Edward the 8 th bought a large ranch nearby.

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Bistro Urbain, a cool menu and beautiful girls!

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On rue du Faubourg St Denis, Bistro Urbain is a winner

It was a nice surprise, since going to one of your friends restaurant can be a real disappointment, but this summer outing at Bistro Urbain recommended by my young friend Matthias Weber, was a real delight. It is fashionably located in the 10 th near Gare de l’Est on the rue du faubourg St Denis which is a bobo destination for 30 to 40 year old couples. The name comes from the owner/manager Samuel Urbain!Read More

Land Art in Utah

Robert Smithson's  spiral jetty forty five years later

Robert Smithson’s, Spiral jetty, on Great Salt Lake, forty five years later

It all started with the desire of seeing Robert Smithson’s ” Spiral Jetty” on the Great Salt Lake, in Utah. This land art work is one of the “culture vulture’s” obligatory stops like Marfa, Texas or Naoshima island in Japan. So my architect friend Brigid and I, decided to spend some time in Salt Lake city and find out more about Mormons.

The only sign for the Jetty is this stella on a little parking

The only sign for the Jetty is this stella on a little parking in the middle of nowhere

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Flying through the New Whitney

Benches and water installations flow all along the High Line where you can see Staten Island in the background

Design benches and water installations flow all along the High Line where you can see Staten Island in the background

Walking along the birch trees of the High Line from 14 th street at 10 am is very gratifying. The heat was such in the City on that summer morning, that everyone was looking for the shade side of the sidewalks and the coolness of the trees. The beauty of the benches, artwork and wooden floors of the High Line attracted tourists and New Yorkers all together. With its 5.5 million visitors a year,  it is now competition to the Metropolitan museum and the MoMa. And a natural pathway to the Whitney Museum downtown designed by Swiss architect Renzo Piano. After reading the illuminating article by Clifford A.Pearson in the May issue of Architectural Record, the most fun International architecture magazine, I could not resist doing this one day trip to NY in stifling heat.

Pine floors warm up the large white spaces often light with natural light.

Pine wood floors warm up the large white spaces often light with natural light.

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Balenciaga makes a come back in Calais

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Evening dress in Shantung and lace, 1958 and dress in tulle embroidered with silk flowers from Algiers, 1967, lent by Hubert de Givenchy

If you don’t know what to do in Calais after having driven under the Channel Tunnel, make an escape to the Cité de la dentelle et de la mode. You will feel immediately happy!

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Tania is wearing a coat and dress in Marescot lace, 1963

Born in Spain, 120 years ago, Cristobal Balenciaga, remains one of the most celebrated XX th Century French, Haute couture designers. Hubert de Givenchy, who worked with him until the end of his house in 1968, convinced the Cité de la dentelle et de la mode in Calais, to organize a show of his most significant lace and tulle dresses. This is a good excuse to discover a fairly obscure museum celebrating the city of Calais most famous industry. And the result is a moving plunge into the past glories of couture. And a nice way for the town where you enter the Channel Tunnel to escape from its new fame as the roaming immigrants’ unhappy city.Read More

A very special birthday at Glyndebourne

Pasha Selim gives Konstanze second thoughts with his Mediterranean charm

Pasha Selim gives Konstanze second thoughts about her fiancé with his Mediterranean charm

Only someone as extravagant and talented as Yale graduate, Cambridge PHD, City star turned historian again, Theodora Zemek, could have pulled off a birthday party as brilliant and fun as it was. On the stage was « Die Entführung aus dem Serail » by Mozart directed by David Mc Vicar, and sung by a cast of International singers from Lithuania, Germany, Michigan, Sweden and Great Britain. Pasha Selim was acted by the very sexy French Franck Saurel, who turned most ladies heads.

The birthday girl with a cake in shape of a camel

The birthday girl with a cake in shape of a camel

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