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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.
Midem – Music Industry Gathers in Cannes
The music industry gathers in Cannes each January for three days of networking and concerts called Midem. Here are some highlights from the invitation only music festival where international bands assemble to present newly released albums.
Midnight in Paris – My Haunts
Woody Allen’s film captures the magic and magnetism that is Paris as Jazz age and Belle époque faces are interwoven with present day adventures. Take a closer look at a few of my haunts he visits along the way.
Monumenta at the Grand Palais
Each May an artist is given carte blanche to create a monumental installation that dialogues with the expansive verrière of the Grand Palais. Freshman president Francois Hollande was there under polka-dot sky for “Excentrique’s” opening night vernissage.
Decree that an object is art, display it as such, and that is what it becomes. France’s emerging avant-garde artists of 1960 sought to renew art with abstraction and themes of destruction and spontaneity surfaced.
On the Perfume Trail in Grasse
Grasse is renown for the production of luxury fragrances. Learn about the perfume making process and other ways local fruits and blossoms are enjoyed. A guide to the museums and sites to visit on the perfume trail in the south of France.
Once Upon a Tart
As an alternative to hibernating the winter months, I suggest warming the oven to bake a quiche or boiling up a hearty pot of soup. Here is a recipe for a Ratatouille Tart adapted from Once Upon a Tart, the cookbook I reach for when making soups, quiches, salads, dressings, and sweets.
Paris Schools of Language – La Sorbonne vs. Alliance Française
When assessing options for French language instruction, after weighing the merits and shortcomings of la Sorbonne against those of Alliance Française, I was able to find my niche in the classroom.
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.
Pregnancy and Birth in France
When starting a family it is nice to have the support of the French social systems in place. Here is a look at some of the advantages of having a baby in France.
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