• Edouard Dubufe et Rosa Bonheur (1857) Portrait of Rosa Bonheur Colleen's Paris
    Let's Explore,  Museum exhibitions

    Rosa Bonheur Looking Into The Souls of Animals

    Rosa Bonheur married art—”It is my husband, my world, the air that I breathe. I do not feel anything else. I cannot think of anything else.” For Rosa Bonheur, animals were that art and the eyes of animals were the windows to their souls. The Musée d’Orsay presents this retrospective on her “marriage” for you until January 15, 2023. A friend mentioned wanting to see Rosa Bonheur. A browser search of the name suggested three drinking spots in the Parisian suburbs (guinguettes) named Rosa Bonheur. With more digging, I found out she was a French animal portraitist, sculptor, illustrator, photographer, independent female, admired icon of Buffalo Bill Cody, and first…

  • Line up of Nutcracker Toy Soldiers at Jardin des Tuileries Colleen's Paris
    Christmas,  Going Out

    Christmas Magic Begins at Jardin des Tuileries Market

    What greets you when you enter the Annual Christmas Market at the Tuileries Gardens?  Nutcracker Soldiers. And before the market opens? Where are they? Hidden, waiting to get out in the open. I noticed them while crossing the gardens on November 18. My eyes fell upon rows of black hats. The trove of Nutcracker Soldiers holding horns or standing at attention were lined up. Their expressive eyes were waiting for a magic moment. The magic moment I later learned was November 19, 2022, the opening day for the Magic of Christmas market (La Magie de Noël aux Tuileries). The Nutcracker Soldiers reminded me of the Chinese Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s funerary…

  • Bugatti type 35 Jean Luc Decluzeau Salon du Chocolat 2022 colleensparis
    Events and Trade Shows,  Food, Drink & Health,  Going Out,  Life in Paris & France

    The Salon du Chocolat 2022 Offered Fashion and a Chocolate Bugatti

    What do you do with 400 kilos (881 pounds) of chocolate? You build a Bugatti Grand Prix type 35, of course! The Bugatti was one of the numerous creative chocolate sculptures at the Salon du Chocolat’s 27th edition in Paris at Porte de Versailles.  The event is always scheduled for the last weekend in October. When I arrived, I headed past the chocolate sculptures, the chocolate tastings, the bean-to-bar stands and straight to the fashion parade of fifteen chocolate-covered dresses and costumes. The announcer was loud and clear, so the event had begun. With two afternoon start times, I would still see everything.  At the world’s largest event dedicated to cocoa, I…

  • Salon du Chocolat of Paris image 27th edition colleensparis.com
    Events and Trade Shows,  Going Out

    Chocolate Lovers: 27th Salon du Chocolat in Paris

    Are you a chocolate lover? Are you ready to travel around the world and discover chocolate countries? Have you ever seen a chocolate fashion show? Get ready for the 27th edition of the Salon du Chocolat de Paris. This is the world’s largest event dedicated to chocolate. The event returns to Pavilion 5 at the Porte de Versailles from October 28 to November 1, 2022. The general public has the chance to meet their favorite chocolate makers such as Vincent Guerlais, François Pralus, Hugues Pouget, Philippe Conticini, the Maison Pariès and Chocolats Alléno & Rivoire and more. And the chocolate fashion show is back! Watch the teaser. This trade show for chocolate lovers who want to taste chocolates from around…

  • Full moon over the Louvre pyramid Colleen's Paris
    Monuments

    Full Moon Traveling Over the Louvre Pyramid

    Were the children at the Louvre on the night of the full moon aware of the Moon Knight? The Egyptian god of light in the night is Khonsu. The name Khonsu means traveler. Khonsu is depicted as a falcon with a moon above its head or as a child in the human form. In the Marvel comics series, the spelling is changed to Khonshu. The avatar for Khonshu is Moon Knight. A few nights ago, a colleague texted me that he was with friends near Saint-Michel. I sent him back a message to watch for the full moon. He wrote they went to Notre Dame and took selfies with the…

  • Stairs and entry to exhibition Elsa Schiaparelli Shocking MAD ColleensParis
    Let's Explore,  Museum exhibitions

    Shocking! Surrealist Schiaparelli at MAD – Paris

    When is a fashion house a walking art gallery? When your audacious mentor is fashion designer, Paul Poiret, and two of your contemporary artist friends are surrealists, Man Ray and Salvador Dali. When you walk up the stairs of the Musée des Arts décoratifs (MAD) toward the rays of sunshine, prepare yourself to be transported into a world of design in the shocking surrealist Schiaparelli show at MAD.  The pink jacket with those sun rays greets you as you open the exhibition’s door. Welcome to the Elsa Schiaparelli retrospective, the first in 20 years. Shocking! The surreal world of Elsa Schiaparelli (Shocking! Les mondes surréalistes d’Elsa Schiaparelli ) continues until January 22, 2023. Admiring the multitude of form-fitting jackets…

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    Let's Explore,  Monuments

    How to Visit Châtelet’s Tour Saint-Jacques in Paris

    If you want to begin your pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, begin at Châtelet and the Tour Saint-Jacques in Paris. Or skip the pilgrimage and let MagmaCultura help you discover the fabulous history of the tower and its uses through the centuries. A specialized guide leads you to one of the most beautiful, panoramic views of Paris! Along the journey up 300 steps, you will also visit a room with tower decoration fragments and a meteorology room that was in use until 2000.

  • Artisans_Workshop_Tassin_Cuir @colleensparis.com @tassincuir La Maison Tassin
    Let's Explore,  Life in Paris & France,  Neighborhoods

    Life in Paris: Tassin Leather Continues an Upholstery Tradition

    Paris neighbourhoods have gone through gentrification significantly in the 2000s. Along Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine n the Bastille is no exception. The furniture manufactures and sales offices have given way to clothing and sports stores. There is hope, however, because La Maison Tassin Cuir (leather) continues an upholstery tradition. Their story includes drama. In 2015, a fire destroyed the company’s artisan workshops. Livelihood, unfinished orders from distant lands and their leather went up in flames. Like a phoenix, however, the Tassin company mobilised and moved into adjoining buildings. The former display room became the workshop. The business offices moved to another neighbourhood. Soon, by relative time standards, the salvaged tools…