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Collioure and the Costa Brava
France feeds into Spain on a cobalt stretch of the Mediterranean known as the Costa Brava. The whitewashed fishermen’s villages are sleepy in all seasons but summer when sunbathers hold vigil on their coarse sands. In the fall without the clutter and clatter of people the solitude is priceless.
Madeleine Vionnet – French Couture in the 1920's
A sampling from Madeline Vionnet’s repertoire is on display at the Musée des Arts Decoratifs. The exposition follows her career through the 20's where women were liberated from their corsets. Her style, using pure lines and a bias cut to hug curves, drastically changed the face of high fashion.
Autumn Fashion on Paris Streets
The pallet is sober with must have pieces from spring returning to greet the fall. Nautical tunics, skinny jeans, blazers and slouchy boots are the uniform.
French Women for All Seasons – Book Review
The appeal of French Women for all Seasons and the non diet it prescribes lie in the simplicity of Mireille Guiliano’s suggestions. Looking at the way lifestyle influences wellbeing, she encourages becoming more in tune with the bounty of the seasons, savoring food and owning the beauty of your age.
Picasso in Provence
The influence that Cezanne's work held over Picasso is the subject of this summer's exhibition at the Musee Granet in Aix en Provence. In collaboration with the museum, Chateau de Vauvenargues, the artist's Provencal residence has been opened to the public for guided visits.
Arts de la Rue - France's Street Arts Festivals
Arts de la Rue is one of my favorite festivals of the year where acrobats, dancers, dreamers, musicians and theatre troupes join forces for the space of a weekend. These free street arts festivals demonstrate existence of the surreal in the hearts of the French. Indulge yourself.
Sunday Mornings at the Market
The Sunday market has become a fixture in my week where clothes and shoes rub elbows with fruits and vegetables, and interaction between vendor and client are as important as the products themselves. It is noisy and crowded but the products are diverse and the prices good.
6 Billion Others - People of the World
Hearing different languages, being introduced to cultures, acknowledging their values, and looking into people's eyes will change your outlook. Yann Arthur-Bertrand aims to do just this by compiling interviews with people from around the world in 6 Billion Others.
Vintage Shopping in Paris
Though you'll have to scavenge through a sea of psychedelia, the allure of vintage shopping lies in finding that truly unique piece, something with history. Free P Star is my favorite place in Paris to shop for such wears.
The Collection Yves Saint Laurent Amassed
After several days on view at the Grand Palais, the collection of art, sculpture and furniture that French designer Yves Saint Laurent and partner Pierre Bergé amassed has hit the auction block. Christies reports it the most expensive collection ever to be sold. Have a look at some of the trinkets..
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