Thursday, May 20, 2010

Partager La Nuit des Musees 2010

I love museums.  I love going out at night in Paris.  It is always beautiful, the lights of the city  reflecting over the river and caressing the soft stone of the Haussmanian style buildings ...

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Partager the Maharaja's Clothes

This absolutely beautiful exhibition was held at the Yves Saint Laurent - Pierre Bergé foundation.  My visit last week to the exhibition was time very well spent, and opened me up to the desire to discover all things Indian.    I had never visited the YSL foundation; a delicate Haussmanian building in the 16th near the Pont d'Alma, a nice walk from where I live, and I was glad that I finally made the visit.  The exhibition was a grand collection of more than 60 models of Royal costumes from the "Deepak and Daksha Hutheesing Collection"  (last few decades of the British Raj);  showcasing darbar costumes from the 1911-1947.  The years where wearing all your jewels was very fashionable and so alluring....

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Partager May Day

The First of May, La Fête du Muguet, is the first of many Jours Fériés n the month of May.  So many holidays  (2 more to come, the 13 and 24) that the month of May is called the month of Swiss cheese....needless to say, not much gets accomplished, but everyone has a good time!

Lily -of- the- Valley, la Muguet, is sold on all the street corners...and everywhere you you come up from the metro, as you exit the grocery store..on your way down rue Cler, small little stands scattered all about, all over the city and all over  France.    It is tradition to give the ones you love a small bouquet of these lilies for good luck and to celebrate the arrival of spring. This is also considered Labor Day in France, a holiday the French got from America, (although America celebrates it in September). 
So, if you are visiting Paris this month, be prepared for a few closed stores and museums, and arrange your time on these holidays visiting the beautiful parks of Paris...or take in a classical movie at the Grand Rex Theater. 

Alors! Partager Paris wishes you la Bon Chance and ....
take some time to smell the Muguets of Spring!