Sunday, 5 February 2017

Paris Haussmann


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Being a huge fan of Paris, I had to see the exhibition "Paris Hassmann", a model's relevance, at Pavillon de l'Arsenal. It's on until May 21st, 2017 but I went  today  and I just loved it.

Paris wouldn't be Paris without the tremendous public works carried out by Baron Georges-Eugène Haussmann, prefect of the Seine Department, from 1853 until 1870. Baron Haussmann had been appointed by Napoleon III to put in place the new Paris than the Emperor wanted. At the time, the city had grown to much and was getting to small. There was no sanitation and many people died from diseases due to insalubrity.

To address the problem, Napoleon III asked Baron Haussmann to put in place a program that would include the creation of large streets, with new buildings of the same height, the same facade design and the same color. Train stations were built. New water supplies and sanitation were put in place.

I very much advise to watch the movie "Paris, roman d'une vie" by Stan Neumann to learn about the history of the Haussmanian buildings. The sound wasn't very good so I watched it again at home on youtube.

Anywasy if you are interested in architecture and/or Haussmann, go and see this exhibition.

21 boulevard Morland - 75004 Paris
Tuesday to Sunday, 11am to 7pm



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Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Invader

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Hello my game is... 
It's the title of the new exhibition presented by the Musée en herbe until September 3rd, 2017 and it's a fun outing for the whole family.

The museum has invited the street artist Invader to create a thematic path unveiling more than one hundred new pieces of work. It's a great way for children and older ones to appropriate the style of this artist. If Invader is not very well known by the general public, his work is all over Paris. 

As he explains on his website, Invader defines himself as a UFA, an Unidentified Free Artist. He didn't want the viewers of his art to know who he was. His main project, which he started nearly 20 years ago, is named Space Invaders. The idea was to liberate art from museums and institutions. He had the idea to start creating unique creatures and displayed them on Paris walls. In 2017, Invader's art can be seen in more than 67 cities, all over the world.

The interactif exhibition dedicated to Invader is the perfect way to uncover the artist and his work.

Different workshops are scheduled for kids (from 2 1/2 years old toddler) to adults. All the details are on the website of the museum.


23 rue de l'Arbre-Sec - 75001 PARIS
Monday to Sunday, 10am to 7pm (until 9pm on Thursday)

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Monday, 23 January 2017

Anatomie d'une collection

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Don't miss the latest exhibition presented until February 12th, at Palais Galliera.

The pieces are stunning!


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Sunday, 22 January 2017

Musée Fragonard Paris


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Today, as I was near in the Opera district, I went to visit the brand new Fragonard Musée du Parfum.

The museum offers free guided tours all day long. It's a fantastic opportunity to discover the different manufacturing stages of perfume from picking the flowers to distillation and bottling. The guide explains everything about perfume from the process of creation to the trade of nose. I found out that it's a very special profession, with fewer than 500 "noses" in the whole world. 

I very much enjoyed the extraordinary collection of ancient bottles which tell the story of perfume from the Ancient Egypt up to the XXIst century.  Everything is to tiny and precious.

The museum is located is a cute paved passage, just 2 minutes away from Opera Garnier. If you are in the area, do stop by. 

3-5 Square de l'Opéra Louis Jouvet - 75009 PARIS
Monday to Saturday, 9am to 6pm




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Saturday, 21 January 2017

Galerie Vivienne

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In the winter, when it's freezing outside, I very much enjoy strolling round the shops located in the covered archades. My favorite passageway is Galerie Vivienne. This beautiful 176 meters long archade dates back to 1823.The colorful mosaic floors are splendid and so is the ornate architecture. When it's sunny outside, it's even nicer. The magnificient  glass roof lets the sun in and the whole archace is illuminated. Not to be missed the bookshop Jousseaume. It's been here since the creation of the arcade!

3 different entrances
  • 4 rue des Petits Champs
  • 6 rue Vivienne
  • 5 rue de la Banque


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