During extensive renovations to the Bridgestone Museum of Art, Tokyo, many masterpieces from its collection will be on display in Paris over the summer at the Musée de l’Orangerie.  Some of the works have not been seen in the west for decades. The exhibition gives pride of place to works ranging from Impressionism to […]

In addition to the few weeks when they indulge in Paris Plages, from late July until towards the end of August, Parisians make the most of summer by taking to the quais along the Seine.  By day they stroll, jog or walk their dogs while tourists tend to stay up at street level, exploring the […]

The wave of summer heat that swept over Paris in early July, driving temperatures to over 35 degrees for more than a week, must have had Parisians wishing that Paris Plages had opened at least three weeks earlier than the scheduled date of 20th July.  Paris Plages brings the beach to Paris for all those […]

The medieval town of Provins, about an hour by train to the east of Paris, was fortified in the Middle Ages by the powerful Counts of Champagne and became a major venue for the great trading fairs that linked northern Europe with the Mediterranean basin.  With its intact fortifications, impressive monuments and architectural character, combined […]

La Sainte-Chapelle, one of the Gothic wonders of the medieval world, and the jewel of the ancient French capital for over 800 years, has just emerged after a decade long restoration programme.  Although constructed with stone buttresses, when inside the chapel the tall stained glass windows appear to be almost free-standing. A World Heritage Site, […]

Next time you are planning a driving tour of rural France keep an eye out for the collection of ‘The Most Beautiful Villages of France’.  You won’t be disappointed.  There are more than 150 such villages joined into a unique collective tourism attraction spread across 21 regions and 69 departments in France.  There is a concentration […]

I dream of designing a magnificent vessel for Paris that symbolises France’s profound cultural vacation. With these words, the famous American Architect, creator of Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum (1997), gave his blessing to the opening in October 2014, of his latest masterpiece, the Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris. We were lucky enough to be in Paris that […]

The great ‘Musical Fountains’ of the Château de Versailles spectacle returns this year from 28 March through to 01 November, for the season of musical walks around the fountains and formal gardens. Centred around the pool of Neptune, and incorporating all the basins or pools of the domain, the 55 fountains scattered throughout the 850 […]

Once a year, on the weekend around Ascension Day, France throws open the doors to hundreds of museums and galleries that stay open until midnight, with entry free of charge. ‘La Nuit des Musées’ falls this year on Saturday 16 May, as part of a European festival of culture, under the patronage of the Council […]

There is a new feature on the skyline of Paris: a large, amorphous shape covered in white plastic sitting next to a tower crane. Anyone looking across the river from Notre Dame or from the top of the Arc de Triomphe might search in vain for that most distinctive of domes, the Pantheon.  Fear not, […]