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The Extraordinary Madame de Maintenon at Versailles

Handout Exhibition Brochure cover Madame de Maintenon

Until July 21, Versailles currently has two exhibitions about Queens of France. The one, Madame de Maintenon, was never declared queen; the other Marie Leszczynska, reigned for 42 years and is little known.  The anonymous illustrator of “Le Camp de Compiègne” places Madame de Maintenon sitting in the center of the illustration. As the center of attention, viewed by the nobles and soldiers, she is treated as a queen. Madame de Maintenon was the secret wife of Louis XIV. The announcement of her official marriage to Louis XIV is still only a whisper at court. This scene is part of the exhibition “Madame de Maintenon, In the Corridors of Power”.

French Cinéphiles … Lost in Frenchlation April 2018

Lost in Frenchlation logo

Here is the Lost in Frenchlation program for April 2018 – French films with English subtitles … Experience French culture and have a social event with Matt and Manon. Upcoming events
March 31 and April’s cinema menu:
– La Fête est Finie Saturday, March 31 at 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Luminor Hôtel de Ville, 20 rue du Temple, 75004 Paris, France. directed by Marie Garel-Weiss Screening starts at 4:30pm followed by drinks from 6pm
– Eva by Benoît Jacquot. With Isabelle Huppert, Gaspard Ulliel.
Friday 6 April at Studio 28. Cocktail from 8pm, screening at 9pm.
SCREENING ON A SUNDAY

Dior-Designer of Dreams at Arts Décoratifs

Image in Musée Arts décoratifs entry for Christian Dior Couturier du rêve until January 7, 2018

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs celebrates the 70th anniversary of the creation of the House of Dior until January 7, 2018 in a lavish and comprehensive exhibition, Christian Dior, Designer of Dreams (Couturier du Rêve). Whether or not you are a fashionista, if you love history, fashion (retro and future), fabric, intricate beading, art, interiors, photography, etc. this is a rich exhibit that I can recommend. The Dior Héritage collection and works of art are on loan from museums in France, United States and England. Most of the works featured in exhibit are from the Dior Héritage collection and the first time they are shown in Paris.

Paris Plages 2017 – Villette Update

Images of Paris Plages 2017 posters

Update for Paris Plages: Clémence from the Seine-Saint-Denis Office of Tourism contacted me with information in English about the Basin de la Villette section of Paris Plages. Paris Plages takes place in two locations every year: along the Seine (Parc Rives de Seine) and in the Bassin de la Vilette. Bassin de la Villette is the new hoping part of town in the northeastern section of Paris.

Paris Plages began July 8 and continues to Sunday September 3. As they say on the Mairie de Paris’ webpage: “What would summer be without Paris Plages”.

For maps of where to go swimming (baignait) what’s happening along the basin and what’s to eat and drink (rafraîchir et grignoter) visit Que Faire à Paris and about river shuttles, “Bals pop” (popular dance balls), etc. along the Ourcq.

Expo: l’Histoire en Costumes 1890-1930

Poster (affiche) for exhibition l'Histoire en Costumes de la Belle Époque aux années folles 1890-1930 at Château Champs-sur-Marne

For 2017, the Château Champs-sur-Marne’s clothing exhibition is from the Belle Epoque through the Roaring Twenties (1890-1930) the exhibit closes September 12, 2017. For children, this Monuments Nationaux château has clothing to try on and a work sheet (in French) to answer questions and understand the exhibit. For adults, the 35-page booklet is filled with explanations (in French), color photos of clothing for women, men and children and accessories. The retrospective style years are 1900, 1909, 1912, 1921, 1925, 1930 and 1935.

First Paris Fringe Festival

poster for Paris Fringe Festival 23-29 may at several venues

Have you ever attended a Fringe Festival? My first off-the-main-theater circuit experience was in Edinburgh. The concept began in the 1940s in Edinburgh. Now one of the plays I reviewed “There’s No Place Like” has been invited to participate in the First Paris Fringe Festival May 23-29, 2016. The festival will feature international and France-based theater companies, workshops (physical theater….

There’s No Place Like – Brings back Memories

Sam Elwiin as Jordan, Lilac Yosiphon as Hannah cast and crew for There's No Place Like, Café du Theatre, Paris France

Last night I enjoyed the play, “There’s No Place Like” at Café du Theatre. Two shows tonight, January 21 (7:30 pm and 9:30 pm – Reservations through the café at 01 42 06 33 37).

I heard many familiar memories from my own past. If you are or have been an expat from any country, hoped for a visa, wanted a foreign passport, wished you could move and claim a new country as home, were ready to work hard and faced government rejection….