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French Museums

The First Time I Saw Paris

Lev Raphael | Posted 08.04.2016 | Travel
Lev Raphael

On my first trip to Paris in 1988, I had a long list of things to do and see, and the Louvre was number one on that list. The Mona Lisa! The Winged Victory! The Venus de Milo! I didn't get to the Louvre for days.

Bienvenue to the French Riviera

Rick Steves | Posted 05.29.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

The French Riviera has amazing scenery. From the beautiful (but grotesquely touristy) mountaintop village of Eze, you can look down on Cap Ferrat. This cape is one of the most exclusive places for the rich and famous to live.

"We'll Always Have Paris!"

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 10.26.2013 | Travel
Sidonie Sawyer

Nothing wrong with visiting the usual landmarks tourists' attractions, but I love Paris so much, I just want to brag about it and give you a different experience of a classic city, an everlasting city, elegant, chic, sophisticated, alluring, ok, you get the picture.

Cocteau d'Azur: Year 2: Subconscious Nazi & Marriage Hall Boys

Frank Browning | Posted 03.09.2013 | Arts
Frank Browning

Cocteau idolaters praise him as a courageous avatar who maneuvered his way through both the excitement and glitter of les années folles, never hid his homosexuality, and challenged conventional surface realities. All of which is, to a degree, true.

Austerity Measures Cause French Museums To Beg

Posted 12.24.2012 | Arts

PARIS — The crass term for it is begging, but the French prefer a loftier description: “participatory financing.” For as little as a single e...

The Louvre Moves North on the Slag Heap of Art

Frank Browning | Posted 02.09.2013 | Arts
Frank Browning

Unlike the dwarfing monumentalism of the Louvre Palace, where the caramel weight of a faded empire bears down on every square centimeter, this new Louvre-on-a-coal mine is as light and airy as a Nordic cloud.

Craniums, Carcasses, Castles

Frank Browning | Posted 01.21.2013 | Arts
Frank Browning

Stunningly nightmarish is an entire room packed with 36 seemingly identical paintings of carcasses. The beef carcasses are among the most realistic of the artist's paintings, even as they are also semi-surreal dream-memory works that seem to explode into your eyes.