The Beaubourg Museum will definitely be one of the hot spots in town this winter with the Dali retrospective which will display more than 150 pieces of art by the eccentric artist who was a prolific painter, sculptor and writer. Along with the paintings, visitors will have the opportunity to watch unreleased videos of the artist, TV commercials he directed, photographs…
This exhibition is an unprecedented tribute to the most famous surrealist artist who was a pioneer and an example for future generations.
The highlight of the exhibition will be the “Melting watches” painting usually displayed at the MOMA Museum in New York. However, 33 years after the last Dali retrospective, Jean-Hubert Martin, the curator of the exhibition, wants to take the audience on an alternative journey and go beyond the usual cliché of the artist with his waxed mustache.
“Nobody has really cared about these ephemeral works, the many performances he made, and I’ve tried to make an inventory of them” likes to recall Jean-Hubert Martin.
It is a vibrant tribute as it shows the artist’s real personality and how much his art was influenced by the Holocaust or the Spanish Civil War.
From November 21st 2012 to March 25th 2013
Pompidou Museum of Modern Art
Place Georges Pompidou
+33 1 44 78 12 33
As the clock strikes midnight on the third Thursday of November, the new vintage of Beaujolais Nouveau is released to the world!
The fact that French law forbids the release of Beaujolais nouveau before that date adds to the drama and sees heavy marketing from the producers, with races to get the first bottles of the vintage to different markets.
Depending on the harvest, 3.5 to 4.5 million cases of Beaujolais Nouveau are produced each year, and the United States is the world’s second largest Beaujolais Nouveau market.
Beaujolais is a light wine made from the Gamay grape in the Beaujolais region located in southern Burgundy from below the town of Macon just north of Lyon. Most Beaujolais is meant to be drunk young, within a few years, though some is more age worthy and can be cellared.
Typically, Beaujolais nouveau has a characteristic freshness and fruitiness with lots of cherries and berries in the mouth, a pleasant grapy smell and a lovely, light purplish-red color. It is simple and fun to drink and goes with a variety of foods.
Beaujolais Nouveau – November 15th
The recent woldwide release of Skyfall, the latest episode of the James Bond saga, has been a special event for Parisian fashionistas, always on the look-out for new trends. While most people usually associate the character of James Bond with dramatic plots, stunts and gadgets, Parisians on the contrary first see him as the epitome of glamour, fashion and elegance. For instance, the perfectly-cut tuxedo he wears on all occasions is something most Parisians envy and praise. Moreover talking about 007′s Omega watch is a great way to get any Parisian’s attention.
In this regard, by cleverly mixing modernity with allusions to the the hero’s past heydays, Skyfall has received rave reviews in the French capital and the movie is considered by many as one of the best James Bond movies ever.
The scene with the iconic Aston Martin for instance brings out nostalgia as well as a sense of authenticity. Conversely, Skyfall perpetuates the tradition of being a stepping-stone for emerging brands. The franchise indeed has a long history of product placement. This year, the lucky winner is Belstaff, a British brand designing outdoor clothes. The garments are worn by Silva, the villain played by Javier Bardem and by Bond’s ally Eve, played by Naomie Harris.
The fact that some previous movies took place in Paris can also explain this love story between James Bond and Parisians. A view to a kill, the 14th James Bond of the series released in 1985, features a glamourous Paris. In his quest for Max Zorin, the villain who plans on destroying the Silicon Valley, James Bond played by Roger Moore travels to Siberia, San Francisco and Paris where he has dinner on the Eiffel Tower with a French private detective. This scene is probably one of the most famous ones for Parisians as James Bond has to escape and jumps off the Eiffel Tower with a parachute. Though spectacular, the Parisian scenes also convey some sarcasm and are full of cliches about the Parisians: their accent, the 2CV Citroen car, accordeon players… Some scenes also take place in the Chateau de Chantilly, a 19th century castle in the Paris area.
Skyfall ends with Bond’s promise to be back soon with new adventures. Parisians are undoubtedly looking forward to the next chapter.
Remains and souvenirs of both World Wars are a common sight in Paris. War memorials can be seen in almost all arrondissements but only few people venture outside Paris to visit the Mount Valerien, a suburban hill rich in history. Mount Valerien is dominated by a fort that was built by Napoleon I in the 19th century. The fort was occupied during WWII by German soldiers who executed more than 4.500 political prisoners and members of the French Resistance. A Monument honors their memory at the entrance of the fort.
Mount Valerien also hosts one of the 8 permanent cemeteries in Europe for American Soldiers. The United Stated has had perpetual use of this piece of land for more than 90 years. The Cemetery is a 7.5 acres garden with more than 1.500 headstones honoring 1.541 victims of World War I and 24 Unknowns from WWII. It is divided into 4 plots, three for WWI victims and one for WWII victims. Each tomb has a white-marble stone with either a Latin cross or a star of David, with no distinction as to rank.
It was created in 1917 in order to bury American victims of the fights who died in Parisian hospitals. The Cemetery was dedicated in 1919 by President Woodrow Wilson.
The White Chapel at the top of the Cemetery was completed in 1932. It is surrounded by two loggias and two Memorial Rooms where Bas-Reliefs, statues and tablets listing Missing in Action celebrate the memory of soldiers. An additional plot and a celebrating loggia were added at the end of WWII to pay tribute to 24 unknown American soldiers.
Last but not least, with its location at the top of a hill, the cemetery offers nice views on Paris and more specifically on “La Défense”, the business district, and the Eiffel Tower.
Other WWI American cemeteries in France include:
Aisne-Marne American Cemetery
Oise-Aisne American Cemetery
St. Mihiel American Cemetery
Somme American Cemetery
Other WWI American cemeteries in France include:
Epinal American Cemetery
Lorraine American Cemetery
Draguignan American Cemetery
How to get there?
- Take the “suburban train” at the Saint-Lazare train station (departing from one of the first 4 platforms)
- Take a train heading to “Versailles Rive Droite” and make sure it stops at the “Suresnes – Mont Valérien” station
- Get off at the “Suresnes – Mont Valérien” station
- When you exit the train station, take the “rue Worth” on your right
- Turn right on the rue du Calvaire and walk ~300 meters
- Turn right on the “Boulevard Washington” and walk ~200 meters
- The cemetery will be on your left.
Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial
123, boulevard Washington
Open every day from 9am to 5pm
+33 1 46 25 01 70