Category Archives: Architecture

Le style est comme le parfum d’un état primitif des esprits

French architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc was born on January 27, 1814. He’s famous for his rather free interpretations of historic restorations. One could say that his early years were bohemian. He was mostly educated by an uncle who dabbled in painting … Continue reading

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Donner un nouveau look à

Le musée des Arts décoratifs on the rue de Rivoli in Paris is a must-see when I’m in Paris. They always have interesting exhibits, like the one about illustrator Eugène Grasset that’s on until March 24, 2013. The exhibit features … Continue reading

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Art nouveau

When I’m not drooling over the vintage jewelry on 1stdibs, the vintage and antiques website, I’m checking out the antique furniture. I love the sinuous shapes of art nouveau from the late 19th and early 20th century. Louis Majorelle is … Continue reading

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Emprunter

The biggest news on the art scene in Paris this month was the December 12 opening of the Louvre annex in Lens. This relatively small community in the Nord-Pas de Calais is joined to Paris by the high-speed train, the … Continue reading

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Être haut comme trois pommes

In my highly biased opinion, le Viaduc de Millau (luh vee-ah-dook duh meeow) is one of the most beautiful modern structures in the world. At the time of its inauguration, it was the tallest bridge at 343 metres, just slightly … Continue reading

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La phare de Cordouan

I just learned about a new place in France that I absolutely have to visit – la phare de Cordouan (lah far duh kor-do-ahn). The Cordouan Lighthouse was placed in service in 1611 – and it’s still operational. It’s located … Continue reading

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Bazar de luxe

One part glamorous department store, one part tourist attraction, les Galeries Lafayette are celebrating their 100th birthday. It’s the second most visited building in Paris, right behind the Eiffel Tower. Yes, it often seems crowded when I’m there, usually during … Continue reading

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