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Second Empire styled ball at the Musée d’Orsay – interested ?

The Musée d’Orsay is organising a series of balls to celebrate their exhibition the “Spectacular Second Empire”. Some of the balls are masked! You can spend the day learning the Polka (if you can count to 3 you can dance this) or the Quadrille from the members of the Association Carnet des Bals. Take part in the ball in the afternoon just as Emperor Napoleon III and his wife Eugenie would have, all within the spectacular surroundings of the Musée d’Orsay. You are encouraged to come in costume :  “Clothing advice : for the ladies preferably a dress or long flowing skirt to remind you of the Second Empire theme. You could also add accessories such as a fan, handkerchief, low chignon decorated with flowers, ribbons or pearls. White gloves for the men.”  Who doesn’t love dressing up ? If you are you in Paris for the Bal de Carnaval à l’Opéra on Sunday 13th November from 11am to 5pm, tickets are €27.50. I love the period of the Second Empire. What the heck is that I hear you say!  Well it is the 18 years that radically changed Paris, from 1852 – 1870. For me this period denotes all […]

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The Magritte exhibition and my poor, poor feet

I was really looking forward to the Magritte exhibition ‘La Trahison des Images‘ at the Centre Pompidou. 5 differently themed rooms (flames, shadows, curtains, words and the body in pieces) bulging with paintings from this amazing Surrealist painter who was deeply interested in Philosophy. The art bit is at the bottom 😉 A friend bought tickets and asked me what time I would like to go as they were valid for the whole day.  The whole day being anywhere between 11am and 9pm or 11pm on Mondays and Thursdays.  I was rather happy about this because in a lot of exhibitions you are given a slot, rarely more than 30 minutes, and immediately I become terrified of not being on time ….. We agreed on 3pm.  You will understand how this was a supremely bad idea further on….  So the great day arrives and I plan to be out of the house by 2.30pm. The Centre Pompidou is not far, plenty of buses would have dropped me off practically outside and this was last week, so it was a bright, clear, sunny day to be above ground.  I had even considered walking and would have arrived on time but the […]

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Not to be missed – On Achève Bien Les Anges ( We Shoot Angels )

“Horses are wonderful partners with whom one can create poetry.” Bartabas On achève bien les Anges (we shoot Angels) is a spectacular theatrical event, perfect for the run-up to Christmas but don’t miss it as it closes on 31st December.    I have tickets for the end of November and I am so excited I want to keep crossing and uncrossing my fingers and toes and am having trouble even thinking about writing this! This type of show has been named Equestrian Theatre, for those who love horses and don’t speak French it is perfect because there are no spoken words and there are several songs by Tom Waits. It is a unique mixture of man, horse, music, dance, humour and of course, angels, unique to Bartabas, the creator.  It is absolutely not a circus. “The marquee, caravans, music & horses give it the appearance of a circus but this show is a ritual, the music a vocation and the love of horses a religion. It is the work of a group who are artists through to the tips of their fingers or their hooves.” Oh I can’t wait, I can’t wait.   Here is the YouTube teaser video – click the […]

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Gene Kelly at the Paris Opera

Did you know Gene Kelly created a ballet for the Paris Opéra ?  Did you know he spoke excellent French ? Nope, neither did I until I booked to go on one of the several morning or afternoon English-speaking guided tour groups around the Palais Garnier for my Mother and I (highly recommended).  Apart from the 2 hour long tour of the building including the real explanation of where the Phantom of the Opera story came from (and yes there is a lake but no you cannot go there) we walked through the free, Special exhibition of “American Choreographers at the Paris Opera”. In that exhibition more than 70 years of American involvement at the Paris ballet is chronologically arranged – starting in 1947 with George Balanchine who created the New York City Ballet. Until 1970 the only other person to create a ballet was Gene Kelly in 1960 and in the exhibition is a video of him giving an interview in excellent French describing his ballet “Pas de Dieux”, a play on words meaning No Gods to the ballet term “Pas de Deux” meaning 2 people dancing together. This is the drawing of the costumes drawn by Gene Kelly and below is my bad […]

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What’s new ? My Luxury Getaways for Ladies

Finally, I have done what I have been talking about for years – I have created something that combines my two loves and lives ; having visitors staying with me at 52 Clichy and being able to offer colour and style advice. I have always been fascinated by how the Parisian women dress. Their ‘look’ seems so casually thrown together but it isn’t.  They have spent generations honing their sense of style, understanding intuitively how to make the most of their natural assets. After 20 years living here, and because I have trained with the leading Image Consultants, ColourMeBeautiful, I understand how Parisian women create their elegant styles and I would love to share this knowledge with you so I have designed 2 ‘Luxury Getaways’ for you. What is included in Luxury Getaways ?    Stay either 2 or 3 nights at 52 Clichy, my multi-awarded Bed & Breakfast accommodation and discover your perfect colours for your complexion, your amazing clothing styles and how to use accessories – the key to pulling together each outfit. You can also learn how to create a capsule wardrobe of versatile, co-ordinated pieces – the core of any Parisian wardrobe. Come shopping in designer boutiques and […]

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A Winter MUST DO before it disappears – Ice Skating for Free on the Eiffel Tower

Until 31st January on the 1st floor of the Eiffel Tower, 57 metres up, included in the price of your entrance ticket, you can go ice skating for FREE, all day long if you want, on the 190m² ice rink! There is a bar and a huge range of skates for children and adults as well as sleighs for the really young and disabled. It appears most people don’t believe it because there really are not very many people skating. Drink a mulled wine and then try and walk across the parts of the floor they have taken up and newly replaced with glass – my stomach does a turn just thinking about it! Come and stay at 52 Clichy and I will tell you all about the other fun things to do over the Christmas period. BOOK HERE… Want to hear what people are saying about 52 Clichy : read the reviews HERE

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Don’t miss these amazing exhibitions in Paris

Don’t miss some of the most amazing exhibitions in Paris.   At the Musée d’Orsay ‘Splendour and Misery.’  Pictures of Prostitution, 1850-1910 will close on 17th January – if you are over 18 you will be allowed behind the red velvet curtain !   http://bit.ly/1moVbAf   The Elisabeth Louise Vigée le Brun exhibition at the Grand Palais will disappear on 11th January but you have a little more time to catch Picasso.mania – until 29th February.    http://www.grandpalais.fr/en   Also the Jacquemart André Museum has a more manageable but delightful exhibition until the 25th January of Florence : Portraits at the Court of the Medicis.  http://bit.ly/1Oy7eBg      Here you can also have a decent cup of tea afterwards!      

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