It is fun to be at the cutting edge of a new art trend or to say that you were the first to see or do something in the art world. This could be the opening of a show by a bright young star, the purchase of a painting from an upcoming gallery or a new event in the calendar. The Paris Art Fair of contemporary art at the Parc des Expos – Porte de Versailles should provide all three experiences in 2019.
There are lots of stereotypes when it comes to a Valentine’s date. Some of the old cliches are great when delivered well. It can be difficult to beat a romantic dinner for two at a top restaurant, followed by an evening’s entertainment at the theatre. Add in a romantic walk and some luxury chocolates and it is many people’s idea of heaven. But, there are other places to enjoy a romantic date that do things a little differently.
For Valentine's Day, take your other half for a romantic and cultural getaway in one the romantic museums of Paris. From your base at the Hotel La Motte Picquet, you can head out to discover these authentic places where love is a central theme. From the Museum of Romantic Life to the Orsay Museum, via the Rodin Museum and the Cluny Museum, you'll be spoiled for choice.
Great pieces of art push boundaries into areas of modern expression or call back to ideas and images from the past. They help us to see where we have been, as well as where we are going. In some cases, the very best pieces can do both. The Throne at the Musee du Louvre is a great example of this.
Yves Saint Laurent was one of the leading creative geniuses of the Parisian fashion world. He had this strange way of tapping into ideas and cultures and adding his own slant on the themes and designs. This is brilliantly clear in the way that he worked with designs from Eastern cultures.
Tucked away and picturesque, the covered passages of Paris are the very essence of quaint charm. Take a stroll through these sheltered, historic, beautifully preserved and elegantly lovely shopping arcades, each of which has its own special ambiance.