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L’Institut Guerlain

Posted on June 20, 2007 by Susie Hollands

France’s doyenne of Design, André Putnam, renovated the mythic L’Institut Guerlain, which is credited with being the first modern day spa, inaugurated in 1939. Read more

Le Plateau

Posted on June 16, 2007 by Susie Hollands

Since January 2002, the Frac Ile-de-France has been in charge of Le Plateau, a contemporary arts centre located near the park Buttes-Chaumont, mixing together arts, dance, and music, with a particular focus on promoting works by up-and-coming young artists. Le Plateau 33 rue des Alouettes, 19th Métro: Buttes Chaumont (7 bis) Read more

Blonde by Franck Vidoff

Posted on June 14, 2007 by Susie Hollands

Frank has his own parlour dedicated to the art of being blonde – perhaps reminiscent of Marilyn’s dressing room which seems to have been the inspiration. And he takes hair seriously, in an altogether French fashion – there is even a row of philosophy and criticism books on the politics of “Blonde”. Franck Vidoff 12… Read more

Paris’ Best Independent Cinemas

Posted on May 17, 2007 by Susie Hollands

Despite instant movie downloads, France is still a country of moviegoers, and Paris is still the film capital of Europe.  As well as the mega chains UGC and MK2, a number of independent cinemas survive and even thrive in the French capital. Luminor Hotel de Ville (formerly Le Latina – found at 20 rue du Temple,… Read more

Marché aux Puces/The Best Flea Markets in Paris

Posted on April 26, 2007 by Susie Hollands

Image: Jori Avlis Flea markets are a Paris institution. The love of antiques and vintage items – not to mention the treasure trove that some people with family heirlooms are sitting on – make these lively places where you can find some amazing pieces from all eras, or maybe just a special something that is… Read more