Another Fantastic Sunday in Paris

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It’s a chilly winter Sunday in Paris, but that wouldn’t stop me from being out and about in the City of Light. From beautiful churches to what the French call “window licking,” here’s my plan for a fantastic Parisian day. Continue Reading →

Musee Picasso Set to Re-Open in June

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After many delays and a cost overrun of nearly $30 million, renovations to Paris’s Musee Picasso are nearly complete and the museum is set to re-open in June. The museum closed in August 2009 for a planned two-year, $40 million renovation that more than doubled in length and nearly doubled in cost. But the renovations have greatly expanded exhibition space in the museum’s galleries and safety improvements will allow nearly twice as many visitors inside the museum at one time. Continue Reading →

My Perfect Sunday in the City of Light

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Here’s exactly how I’d be spending my Sunday in the City of Light. Continue Reading →

Joyeux Noel!

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I am — and always have been — a huge Christmas Queen. And the City of Light is a delight during the holiday season. Here’s a peek at some of my experiences from my visit a year ago. There’s lots o’ pics here, so you’ll really get a good sense of what the holiday season is like in Gay Par-ee. For me, it was an absolute thrill and provided me with holiday memories I’ll cherish for the rest of my life. Joyeux Noel! Continue Reading →

Male-centric Art at the Orsay (and Elsewhere)

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Paris is all atwitter at the opening of “Masculin/Masculine: The Nude Man in Art from 1800 to the Present Day,” an enormously popular exhibit held through January 2, 2014, at the Musee d’Orsay that celebrates the nude male form in more than 200 works.

But for perhaps the best close-up peek at male-focused art in the city, visit the private ArtMenParis gallery and the small but delightful Au Bonheur du Jour gallery, where you can purchase the pieces that catch your eye (or perhaps arouse you elsewhere). Continue Reading →

Sunday on the Rue des Rosiers

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Paris’s Marais district is home to the city’s LGBT community. But it’s also home to the city’s Jewish community, and the Rue des Rosiers lies at the heart of it. The four-block-long street has a number of fantastic Jewish bakeries, restaurants and curio shops, but, sadly, like much of Paris has fallen prey to the influx of clothing boutiques and even some chain fashion shops. Still, the area is well worth a visit, especially on Sundays, when most of the rest of Paris is closed, but the shops on the Rue des Rosiers are open (and jam packed!) And be sure to try the falafel at L’As du Fallafel, arguable the best in Europe! Continue Reading →