Carrieres de Lumieres, sound and light shows Paris and Provence

18 Mar

 What do an abandoned quarry and an old iron foundry have in common? They both house magical sound-and-light shows that must be seen to be believed. The Carrières de Lumières (“Quarries of Light”) has been operating for decades near the mountaintop fortress of Les Baux-de-Provence, and is one of the most popular tourist sites in […]

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In the footsteps of the Impressionists on the Alabaster Coast of France

15 Mar

Claude Monet’s paintings of the Alabaster coast in Normandy, and in particular Etretat, are hung on the walls of the most prestigious art museums throughout the world. (Above: Etretat painted by Monet in 1885, now hangs in the Musee des Beaux Arts, Dijon). Monet spent time in the Etretat fishing village in February of 1883. […]

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In the footsteps of the post-Impressionists in Provence

19 Feb

In the 1870’s the Impressionists and post-impressionists were centralized in the Parisian capital. Here they would discuss art and their next exhibitions in the cafés and nightclubs of Montmartre. However, towards the end of the 19th century, many became fed up with the capital and scattered to go their separate ways. A fascination with light […]

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A most incredible art event for 2019 | Lille3000 is weird, whacky and wonderful

11 Jan

In 2015 I went to the Lille for the opening parade of Lille3000. I had no idea what to expect. I’d heard from friends that it was a quirky and incredible art “event” but nothing prepared me for the reality. Held every few years, Lille3000 is a huge event with what seems like a strange […]

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Espace Dalí Museum Paris

19 Apr

Salvador Dalí loved Paris but few realize the Catalan artist resided for a time, at 7 rue Becquerel in Montmartre. Today close to his former home, there is a museum-gallery which contains hundreds of his works. Espace Dalí museum-gallery The Espace Dalí museum-gallery is located in the heart of the hilltop artists’ village in Montmartre. It contains the […]

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Robert Tatin museum Mayenne | Weird whacky and wonderful

19 Mar

Robert Tatin was an extraordinary French artist whose home in the lush department of Mayenne, Pays de la Loire in north west France, became a museum. You may never have heard of him but once you see his house and art, you’re unlikely to forget it. Robert Tatin Robert Tatin was born in 1902 in […]

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British artist in France creates pet souvenirs

12 Mar

  Artist Susan Faye, a British expat in France, has always been passionate about animals, especially dogs.  As a child she says she would bring home any dog she found roaming the streets but wasn’t allowed to keep them until at the age of 16, when her parents agreed she could  bring home ‘Shonti’, a  […]

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A fantastic art trip and tour of van Gogh’s France

7 Feb

Imagine yourself painting scenes of Vincent van Gogh’s France, a warm sun and the scent of meadow flowers fills the air… Well you don’t have to imagine – a most unique art workshop takes you there in May 2018. Grab your Paint box – you’re going to van Gogh’s France! Walking in the footsteps of […]

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Claude Monet’s Garden Giverny Normandy

5 Feb

Monet’s House and Gardens Monet’s house and gardens are open to the public from April to October each year. They lure more than 500,000 people to this tiny little town in Normandy, northwest of Paris. Visitors flock to admire the pretty pink house where Monet lived until his death in December 1926. All fall in […]

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