Museums, Monuments + Culture
By Laura Packham
Lined up on a derelict residential block, hundreds of art lovers are waiting desperately to get inside before it's reduced to rubble in just a few weeks.Last Updated ( Tuesday, 29 October 2013 )
But far from a wasteland, the humble high-rise building in the 13th arrondissement, has been temporarily transformed into a temple of urban art - the 'Paris Tour 13'.
By Jane del Monte
Before it became a museum, a rare example of Renaissance architecture had some interesting occupants, from a social butterfly who left us a chronicle of Parisian society to an aristocrat whose social conscience made him a martyr of the Revolution. We think you’ll find the history of the Musée Carnavalet as interesting as its collections.Last Updated ( Wednesday, 23 October 2013 )
By Nick Hilden
I was hesitant to visit the Picasso Museum in Paris because the one in Malaga turned out to be so disappointing. Malaga is the town of his birth, and the museum there is in fact directly down the street from the house in which he was born, so expectations ran high. Too high, perhaps.Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 August 2013 )
By Nick Hilden
The Montmartre district of Paris is rife with dozens of wonders, some large and well known, others small and hidden away. While everyone knows about the big attractions along the main boulevards and at the top of the hill—such as the Sacre Coeur church, the Moulin Rouge, and the Chat Noir—there are many gems of Parisian culture to be found in the random streets and paths that run everywhere in between.Last Updated ( Friday, 09 August 2013 )
By Nick Hilden
The men in my family have always gone to war. Over the course of the past century, they have garnered a total of three Medals of Honor, six Silver Stars, and a wide variety of other decorations.Last Updated ( Monday, 12 August 2013 )
By Sue Aran
A contest was held in ancient Greece between rival painters to see who could create a painting that reproduced a perfect illusion of the real world. Zeuxis, painted a likeness of grapes so natural birds flew down to pick at them. His opponent, Parrhasius, presented a painting covered with a cloth. When Zeuxis tried to lift off the cloth to see the painting behind it he was stunned to discover that the cloth, in reality, was his painting. And so, "Trompe l'oeil" was born.Last Updated ( Tuesday, 30 July 2013 )
By Laura Packham
In an interview in 1954, when asked what she wore to bed, Marilyn Monroe's seductively replied: "Just five drops of Chanel No.5."Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 May 2013 )
It's famous endorsements like these that make it easy to see how the so-called "scent of a woman" has catapulted from just another perfume, to a cultural icon.
By Paul Prescott
You know that sensation when you lift your foot to find a stair and then realize it’s not there? That shock when you walk into a glass door? That feeling when you try to move out of someone’s way before seeing you’re really only avoiding your own reflection? If you attend the Ron Mueck exhibit currently being held at the Fondation Cartier, prepare yourself to experience those emotions on a deep level and for an extended period of time—Mueck’s hyper-realistic statues will take you aback and leave you there for a long while.Last Updated ( Friday, 17 May 2013 )
By Ashlee Girdner
There is a jovial group of youths sitting in the shadows of an ambiguous dance hall. Their expressions show the serenity that only absinthe and rich French wine can provide.Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 March 2013 )
By Barbara Becquiot
Difficult to imagine, as we walk through the majestic courtyards and halls of the Louvre today, that 1,000 years ago, all this used to be no more than a small military fortress, its dungeon and high walls intended to dissuade unexpected visitors.Last Updated ( Friday, 31 May 2013 )
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