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Five on Friday 14

Valentin de Boulogne: Beyond Caravaggio – The Met in New York has a new exhibit opening on October 7 featuring the greatest follower of Caravaggio, French artist Valentin de Boulogne (1591–1632). Although de Boulogne was one of the most talented … Continue reading

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Five on Friday 10

The Spectacular Second Empire 1852-1870 – If I were still in Paris, I would totally go to this exhibit at the musée d’Orsay. The Second Empire marks the reign on Napoleon III, a time of wealth and ostentation, but also tremendous social … Continue reading

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Five on Friday 3

  Peabody Essex Museum – Salem, Massachusetts is a funny town. There are great antique shops next to purveyors of witch-kitsch and lovely dockside restaurants next to people who are willing to sell you a magic potion. We’ve had luck antiquing … Continue reading

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Five on Friday 2

Well, the verdict on the new format was positive, so here we go again with a round-up of francophile recommendations: Artist makes the Louvre Pyramid disappear – I am looking forward to seeing this when I get to Paris in … Continue reading

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Aliénation

Since we moved to New England, we have enjoyed antiquing on Sundays. The weekend, we returned to a huge shop we last visited about a year ago, Salt Marsh Antiques. I’d been looking for some tall vases for the top … Continue reading

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Audible

If you need inspiration for a last minute gift, look no farther. I have a suggestion for a gift that will always be the perfect size, requires no delivery time, and doesn’t even need to be wrapped. Give a one … Continue reading

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Une bande dessiné

After visiting the Met recently, I popped into Albertine, a francophile’s delight, just a few steps away on Fifth Avenue. There used to be a French-language bookstore at Rockefeller Center. When it closed due to exploding rents, it left a … Continue reading

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La Maille

When I happily, but unexpectedly, ended up working in Paris in July, I had all of the wrong clothes. A hot day in Scotland was about 72, while Paris has had a lot of days in the 90s. I needed … Continue reading

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Le Pactole

If you are a fan of French beauty products, the place to go when you are in Paris is CityPharma at the corner of rue Bonaparte and rue du Four right near St Germain des Près. The aisles are packed with … Continue reading

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Une passade

When I heard that Inès de la Fressange had opened a new boutique on super-chic rue de Grenelle in Paris, I made a point of checking it out. I’ve been slightly in awe of the long-legged former model and muse … Continue reading

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