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Lasting Impressions: Normandy

Sadly I need to wade through a European winter before I can bathe in the warmth and soft light of the great Impressionist masters in blossom-soaked Normandy. Le Festival Normandie Impressionniste kicks off for the second time around in April 2013,…

Bottomline: Le Slip Français

Trust a Frenchman to christen his collection of low-rise briefs ‘Intrepid’, ‘Fearsome’, ‘Brave’, and ‘Triumphant’. Creator and business school graduate Guillaume Gibaut obviously paid attention in Marketing 101. There are no garish patterns, scrat…

Culture Bite: Musée d’Orsay

The Musée d’Orsay has never been short on colour: starry nights and showgirls, haystacks and waterlilies, absinthe drinkers and Polynesian princesses, ballet brats and bay views. But Orsay president Guy Cogéval took it a step further, banishing th…

Never had it so Goude: ‘Goudemalion’, Jean-Paul Goude une rétrospective

Class-A image maker Jean-Paul Goude has crammed more than enough into 40 years to earn his first expo in Paris. Graphic artist, illustrator, designer, film director and advertising whizz for the likes of Chanel, Kodak (remember the too-cute Kodake…

Grand Illusion: Château d’Ygrande

Four things I hate in a hotel: plastic shower gel dispensers (screams ‘rent by the hour’ or roadside restroom); acrylic blankets, those rough, nubbly ones that feel like they’ll ignite at a touch; mismatched furniture that looks like a house clean…

Lake Superior: Annecy

Annecy, for some, is less a final destination than a watery blimp en route to the French Alps. Pity. The lake lapping at the city walls has been dubbed the “pearl of the Alps”. Winston Churchill labeled it the “most beautiful view on earth” …