TRAVELS WITH YOUR NAVIGO – CHÂTEAU DE CHANTILLY

The Chateau de Chantilly and its domaine. Photo, thegoodlifefrance

Although France has so many impressive châteaux scattered throughout the country, there is one that never fails to take your breath away.  The Château de Chantilly in Picardy is one of the most spectacular in France, set in a vast estate of 7,800 hectares.  At less than 50kms from the centre of Paris, armed with your Navigo Pass it’s easily accessible for a perfect day out.

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ALL DRESSED UP FOR CHRISTMAS!

Printemps Dept. store on Bvd. Haussmann. Photo, hoteletatsunis

France is famous for its illuminations during the festive season.  Despite the huge drop in numbers of visitors, and almost in defiance of the difficulties faced by everyone during this extraordinary year, Paris in particular is dressed with its usual impressive lighting displays to celebrate the holiday season.

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ART NOUVEAU TREASURES OF THE PARISIAN BELLE ÉPOQUE

Cnr. rue de l’Eglise & Place Etienne Pernet, 15th arr. Photo, Paris + Plus

The Belle Époque lasted from the 1870s to the beginning of World War One, and was at its height in Paris during the 1890s and 1900s.  It was a period of great optimism and cultural innovation.  It was an exciting time for art and theatre, as well as a new architectural movement generally referred to as Art Nouveau, which swept across Europe.  It was an era of confidence, prosperity and certainty, and Parisians in particular were hungry for more glamour, more beautification, and elegance.

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STEPPING BACK IN TIME: DISCOVERING ROMAN PARIS

The Musee de Cluny, with the Roman figidarium. Photo, telerama

There aren’t many regions in Western Europe that were not once occupied by the Romans, and the city of Paris is no exception.  When we think of modern day Paris, it’s probably more likely to be medieval marvels such as Notre Dame or Sainte Chapelle, perhaps monuments of the French Renaissance, Classical revival, the Belle Epoque, and of course the boulevards lined with elegant 19th century Haussmann-era apartment buildings, that spring to mind.  However, the origins of the City of Light that we all know and love started with the Romans.

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MATISSE: A MAJOR RETROSPECTIVE IN PARIS

‘Sorrows of the King’ by Matisse, 1952. Photo, henrimatisse.org

The Pompidou Centre is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Henri Matisse, one of the most important artists of the 20th century.  This special exhibition uses a novel published in 1971 by Louis Aragon, Henri Matisse: Roman as a framework to display not only 230 works, but also over 70 documents, books and archives related to him.

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