The Clown Bar

You better book at Le Clown bar, because, even for lunch, the ten tables are constantly full. With my elegant girlfriend straight out of the posh seventh arrondissement, we were slightly looked down at as the « Bourgeoises trying to have fun with younger people ». And the first waitress we had, did not hide her displeasure at taking our order. Or rather she made a point not to take our order for a good fifteen minutes. But we had enough gossips to exchange, to not bother too much.

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Gare à Lazare

Gare Saint Lazare is traditionally the station in Paris that leads to Normandy and Marcel Proust took the train there to Cabourg. Nowadays, it leads to Giverny for a day at Monet’s gardens or to St Germain, to see the wonderful Maurice Denis museum. But you can also stay in Paris and enjoy the ambiance at Lazare, the one year old brasserie, which I love going to with a girlfriend after a good movie near the opera.
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Versailles’ hidden secrets

We were so early at Versailles for the opening of Charles de La Fosse’s first ever exhibition, that we decided to indulge in a couple of mojitos at D’Paris, the closest bar to the Cour d‘honneur, on the right hand side of the palace. The atmosphere there at 6 pm, is so different to that of the Château, that we were enchanted, my friend and I, to discover a naughty side to the city.
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Jan Fabre’s mythical Congo

Daniel Templon has been around for a long time, almost fifty years actually, and he has never stopped surprising us. In the 70’s he was smart enough to open rue Beaubourg across the street from the brand new Pompidou Center,  and he immediately became the “it gallerist”. In the 80’s, he was Leo Castelli’s champion in France, exhibiting all the American artists that were still unknown here.
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Immigrant and famous

From Musée des Colonies, to Museum of African art, to Musée de l’Histoire de l’Immigration ! Political correctness has won in this beautiful 1930’s building located near Porte Dorée, East of Paris. It has the most impressive hall with mosaics on the wall and a beautifully crafted wooden floor. The building was conceived for Exposition Coloniale of 1931 and it is flamboyant but far  from the center of Paris so it doesn’t attract as many visitors as it should.
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Le Petit Palais is not little anymore

13. Van Laer-autoportrait avec scène de magie

With just 70 paintings of the Seicenti in Rome, the clever and dynamic director of le Petit Palais, Christophe Leribault, has managed to take over the Paris exhibition scene. And for this successful adventure he hired Pier Luigi Pizzi, whom we are most accustomed to seeing on opera stages. The result is spectacular.
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Back to Emile Zola’s Paris

You will not find any fish at Gradelle, a new restaurant opened last fall by Stéphane and Antoni who met while working at the Plaza. The weird name comes from the butcher in « Le ventre de Paris » by Emile Zola and the decor all made to look 1870, is like a stage set. Chef Jonathan Hamel used to work with Guy Savoy…
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Studying the elite at the Sorbonne

Richelieu's tomb in the Chapel of the Sorbonne as sculpted by François Girardon

First you have to go through security at the entrance of the Sorbonne and if you don’t have a student card or a professor’s I.D., you stay on the street.
Then you walk through long corridors all the way from Place de la Sorbonne to Rue St Jacques and there, on the left, you see a little wooden door that says : « club des Enseignants », how more fancy can it get ?
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