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.
This winter, the Jardin des Plantes will be the host to a series of incredible light statues in the shapes of animals. The idea is that families can wander through the park at their own pace and make great discoveries – a little like an illuminated safari.
Every winter, Paris immerses us in the magical atmosphere of Christmas with exquisite illuminations and beautifully designed display windows. A break in the capital to soak up all this enchantment is surely the best gift you can give to yourself and your loved ones as the year draws to a close. Experience the incomparable ambiance of a Parisian Christmas when you stay at the Hôtel de la Motte Picquet.
There is a new exhibition in the Hall Napoleon of the Louvre that is a must-see show for anyone that is a fan of Italian art and culture. A Dream of Italy: The Marquis Campana’s Collection is aptly named.