Of Artists and Collectors: Six Museums for the Return Traveler

The time is long gone when France could create a great museum by simply beheading the king, gathering his royal art collection in the old palace of the Louvre and declaring it open to the public.

Off-Beat Touring: Paris Hospitals and Medical Museums, Part 2

Part 2 of an article about hospital and medical heritage in Paris, including Louis Pasteur, Marie and Pierre Curie, military medicine and George Orwell.

Stephane Jaspert’s Cobblestone Art: From the Streets of Paris to a Garret in Montmartre

Stephane Jaspert picks the cobblestone up from his desk and says, “Tourists often see Paris as a light and romantic city, but it’s a tough city, hard as rock.” We are high above the cobbled streets of Montmartre in Mr. Jaspert’s garret.

The Dutch Golden Age: A History Lesson Through Art

You might wonder why I haven’t chosen a painting by Rembrandt or Vermeer to illustrate an article about an exhibit entitled The Dutch Golden Age,...

The Rothschilds in France, a 19th-century Riches to Riches Story

Rothschild: whether pronounced in English, German, Italian or English, the name has for 200 years signified wealth, in particular Jewish wealth. We still speak, as do the French, of someone as being rich as Rothschild—or more likely not rich as Rothschild.

Nissim de Camondo Museum: The Glory and the Tragedy

The Nissim de Camondo Museum overlooking Parc Monceau in Paris presents an extraordinary collection of 18th-century decorative arts, reveals the technology and services of an ultra-modern early-20th-century home, and tells of the life and times of the de Camondo family as bankers, philanthropists, collectors and Jews.

A Brilliant Obsession: Color at the Marmottan Monet, Black at the Pompidou

The Marmottan Monet Museum is one of the undervisited glories of the museumscape of Paris, no doubt due to its location toward the western...

Uruguayan artist Alba Aranda at Galérie Art Présent

Early autumn in Paris a travel writer and culture journalist can be lulled into thinking he’s working by the mere fact that he’s received a dozen invitations for art openings.

Japanese Artist Kojiro Akagi Examines the Spirits of Paris

Corinne LaBalme reports from the 8th arrondissement gallery whose owner/curator Chozo Yoshii brings Franco/Japanese fusion to Paris and a Montparnasse artistic landmark to the shadows of Mount Fuji.

Private Paris & France Tours

Award-winning travel writer and editor Gary Lee Kraut is the go-to guy for individuals and agencies seeking personalized tours, events and advice in Paris and throughout France.

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