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A French Guy Caught in Banksy’s “Exit Through the Gift Shop”
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A French Guy Caught in Banksy’s “Exit Through the Gift Shop”

The most amazing part of this film by Banksy is how a French guy (Thierry Guetta aka Mr. Brainwash) makes it big in the USA by robbing the British iconic artist of its manner and style… or not. Maybe the French guy is only a new Banksy project, the dreamer’s dream, a living (- and kind of thick) stencil.   What … Continue reading

Quiet Corners of Paris
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Quiet Corners of Paris

Quiet Corners of Paris is a beautifully illustrated peek into eighty-one often overlooked, always beautiful, locales: hidden villas, winding lanes, little-known 19th-century passages, serene gardens, and cobblestone courtyards. Some of the places have breathtaking views, others are filled with historic and architectural details, from stone archways, garden follies, boxwood mazes, ornamental statuary, and stained glass … Continue reading

Style never gets old: from Kiki de Montparnasse to Kikidm
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Style never gets old: from Kiki de Montparnasse to Kikidm

In bohemian Montparnasse of the 1920s, Kiki escaped poverty to become one of the most charismatic figures of the avant-garde years between the wars. Partner to Man Ray, and one of the first emancipated women of the 20th century, Kiki made her mark with her freedom of style, word, and thought that could be learned … Continue reading

The New Yorker: We’ll Always Have Ridiculous Parisian Tourist Guides
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The New Yorker: We’ll Always Have Ridiculous Parisian Tourist Guides

Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry has partnered with its Regional Tourism Council to create a guide for the hospitality sector, “Do You Speak Touriste.” Economic recession is back upon France, and shopkeepers, hotel owners, and restaurateurs have little reason to perpetuate the stereotype of the snobby frog. The local government is trying to help, … Continue reading