Rungis, a (food) world to itself

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Têtes de veau are one of the attractions of Rungis, the largest wholesale market in the world

Têtes de veau are one of the attractions of Rungis, the largest wholesale market in the world

The hardest thing about visiting the wholesale market of Rungis is to get up at 3.30 am in order to see the fish market « La Marée », before it closes at 5 am. Stéphane Layani, the flamboyant President of this huge 500 acre large market, is a fascinating character who remembers you first name!Read More

Annabelle d’Huart, a persistent and eclectic artist

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Annabelle d'Huart's necklace Protozoaires, in ceramic, silver and silk, 2008 ( 8 000€)

Annabelle d’Huart’s necklace “Protozoaires”, in ceramic, silver and silk, 2008 (8 000€)

When she was 18 she could be seen at auctions, buying hyperrealist artists with her sister Lorraine. The vision of the two beautiful sisters, one dark and one blond, was striking, and this is the image I always kept of Annabelle d’Huart. After being an arts photographer in New York and a collaborator of architect Ricardo Bofill in the 1980’s, she is now a full time artist with an overwhelming variety of supports.Read More

New york City ballet is back in Paris after eight years

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Amar Ramasar, a Trinidad -Indian dancer form the Bronx galvanised the Châtelet

Amar Ramasar, a Trinidad -Indian dancer form the Bronx galvanised the Châtelet

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.Read More

Le Muselet, a French Japanese treat

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Grilled octopus, asparagus and bacon

Grilled octopus, asparagus and bacon

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 bottle.Read More

Christo reproduces Christ’s miracle on Lake Iseo

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Christo made over a million visitors walk on the Lake Iseo

American artist Christo allowed over a million visitors to walk on Lake Iseo

One needed all the energy of Laure Martin, a long time friend of Christo’s and an art consultant, to get a little group of Toulouse art lovers into the Iseo project this past week. We are in Northern Italy, 90 minutes north of Milano, and not too far from lake Cuomo. The countryside is already mountainous and the lovely little island of Monte Isola, is the highest in altitude in Europe. For the first time in its history, it is connected to the main land by a 1 km long orange pathway, orange like Jeanne Claude’s hair, Christo’s dear wife, who passed away seven years ago. We are facing the Floating Piers, Christo’s latest project, which allowed over a million visitors in 16 days, to walk on water.

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Jacques Chirac celebrated at Quai Branly

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Animal guarding a tomb, North China, Tang Dynasty, Musée Cernuschi

Animal guarding a tomb, North China, Tang Dynasty, Musée Cernuschi

The atmosphere was not as festive as it should have been for a tenth anniversary and the reason was that the principal hero was absent. Musée du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac is hosting an exhibition in honor of its founder, the former President of the Republic. His childhood passion for Musée Guimet, his admiration for Chinese statues and Japanese masks or sumo wrestlers, his warm welcome while he was mayor of Paris to the Canadian Indians, made of Jacques Chirac a friend of lost civilizations.Read More

Serpette celebrates 70 years of flea market

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A nice portrait, lamps, furniture, the epitome of the flea market

A nice portrait, lamps, furniture, a clock, the epitome of the flea market

It was fun to visit marché Serpette in Saint Ouen, at night and with food and wine served on every stand, and music around the corner. The occasion for this festive evening was the celebration of the 70 years of activity of the most elaborate and largest flea market in Paris. The interior market called Paul Bert is surrounded by many streets of antique dealers who concentrate more and more on 20 th century style. On the 50’s to be more precise.Read More

Pierre Antoine Bernheim remembered

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Cynthia Bernheim, his daughter, Francine Bernheim his mother and Michel Zinc around the laureate

Cynthia Bernheim, his daughter, Francine Bernheim his mother and Michel Zinc with the laureate Christiane Klapisch-Zuber

Pierre-Antoine Bernheim wrote many books including « Paradis Paradis » paradise as described in different religions with Guy Stavridès and  “James, Brother of Christ ». He was interested in the history of religions and after he died prematurely in 2011, his mother Francine created the literary Prize for History of religions, he had planned to give to Académie des Inscriptions et Belles lettres, a department of the French Academy.Read More