Saint-Pierre-la-Mer on the Mediterranean Sea

1 June 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© Tournasol7/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Tournasol7/cc-by-sa-3.0

A seaside village ideal for a family holiday: Saint-Pierre-la-Mer. Above all, there are beautiful, wild landscapes, an ideal place for outdoor sports and gliding activities. And not forgetting the wines of La Clape. Restaurants and cafes by the sea contribute to the great atmosphere, not to mention the famous open-air market.   read more…

Museum of Jewish Art and History in Paris

15 May 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Museums, Exhibitions, Paris

The Emancipation room housing the Dreyfus Archives Fund © Musée d'art et d'histoire du Judaïsme/cc-by-sa-4.0

The Emancipation room housing the Dreyfus Archives Fund © Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme/cc-by-sa-4.0

The Museum of Jewish Art and History (French: Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme or mahJ) is the largest French museum of Jewish art and history. It is located in the Hôtel de Saint-Aignan in the Marais district in Paris. The museum conveys the rich history and culture of Jews in Europe and North Africa from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. Its fine collection of religious objects, archives, manuscripts, and works of art promotes the contributions of Jews to France and to the world, especially in the arts. The museum’s impressive collections include works of art from Marc Chagall and Amedeo Modigliani. The museum has a bookshop selling books on Jewish art and history and Judaica, a media library with an online catalogue accessible to the public, and an auditorium which offers conferences, lectures, concerts, performances, and seminars. It also provides guided weekly visits in English during the tourist season (April to July) for individuals as well as students and teachers, and workshops for children, families, and adults.   read more…

Île d’Yeu on the French Atlantic coast

11 May 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Port-Joinville © OT iledyeu/cc-by-sa-4.0

Port-Joinville © OT iledyeu/cc-by-sa-4.0

Île d’Yeu is an island and commune just off the Vendée coast of western France. The island’s two harbours, Port-Joinville in the north, and Port de la Meule, which itself is located in a rocky inlet of the southern granite coast, are famous for the fishing of tuna and lobster. Administratively, the commune of L’Île-d’Yeu is part of the Vendée department and the Pays de la Loire region of France. The island is reached by ferry from Fromentine or Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie. Air transportation is available at Île d’Yeu Aerodrome, with commercial service from Nantes Airport.   read more…

Portrait: Pablo Picasso, painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright

22 April 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Portrait

Pablo Picasso in 1962 © Argentina. Revista Vea y Lea - magicasruinas.com.ar

Pablo Picasso in 1962 © Argentina. Revista Vea y Lea – magicasruinas.com.ar

Pablo Ruiz Picasso was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright who spent most of his adult life in France. Regarded as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, he is known for co-founding the Cubist movement, the invention of constructed sculpture, the co-invention of collage, and for the wide variety of styles that he helped develop and explore. Among his most famous works are the proto-Cubist Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907), and Guernica (1937), a dramatic portrayal of the bombing of Guernica by the German and Italian airforces during the Spanish Civil War.   read more…

Old Port of Marseille

2 March 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© Jean Pascal Hamida/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Jean Pascal Hamida/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Old Port of Marseille (Vieux-Port de Marseille) is at the end of the Canebière, the major street of Marseille. It has been the natural harbour of the city since antiquity and is now the main popular place in Marseille. It became mainly pedestrian in 2013. In 600 BC, Greek settlers from Phocaea landed in the Lacydon, a rocky Mediterranean cove, now the site of the Old Port of Marseille. They set up a trading post or emporion in the hills on the northern shore. Until the nineteenth century the Old Port remained the centre of maritime activity in Marseille. In the Middle Ages the land at the far end of the port was used to cultivate hemp for the local manufacture of rope for mariners, which is the origin of the name of the main thoroughfare of Marseille, the Canebière. The great St. Victor’s Abbey was gradually built between the third and ninth centuries on the hills to the south of the Old Port, on the site of an Hellenic burial ground.   read more…

The MSC Musica

1 March 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Cruise Ships, Yacht of the Month

at Santorini, Greece © A. Stumpf/cc-by-sa-3.0-de

at Santorini, Greece © A. Stumpf/cc-by-sa-3.0-de

The MSC Musica is a cruise ship belonging to MSC Cruises. It was christened in Venice by the Italian actress Sophia Loren in June 2006 and went on its maiden voyage on July 1. The ship has four different restaurants, a sushi bar, an 800 m² casino, the Havana Club smoking room and a theater 1200 seats and a discotheque, as well as a tennis and a mini golf course. Other features:   read more…

Rue Crémieux in Paris

24 February 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Paris

© flickr.com - Arthur Weidmann/cc-by-sa-2.0

© flickr.com – Arthur Weidmann/cc-by-sa-2.0

Rue Crémieux is a one-block pedestrian street in the 12th arrondissement of Paris, originally built as workers’ housing. The street has been widely recommended to tourists for its quaint painted housefronts, and has become a popular destination for filming and for social media photos.   read more…

Port-Cros National Park on the French Riviera

15 November 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: French Riviera, Environment, General, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks

Port-Cros © Richard Gertis/cc-by-sa-2.5

Port-Cros © Richard Gertis/cc-by-sa-2.5

Port-Cros National Park (French: Parc national de Port-Cros) is a French national park established on the Mediterranean island of Port-Cros, east of Toulon and Hyères. The area around the islands of Porquerolles, Port-Cros, Île du Levant and others, is located ten kilometers off the French Riviera. It also administers natural areas in some surrounding locales.   read more…

Portrait: Creative director, fashion designer, artist, photographer, and caricaturist Karl Lagerfeld

23 October 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Design & Products, Hamburg, Paris, Portrait

© Georges Biard/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Georges Biard/cc-by-sa-3.0

Karl Otto Lagerfeld was a German creative director, fashion designer, artist, photographer, and caricaturist who lived in Paris. He was known as the creative director of the French fashion house Chanel, a position held from 1983 until his death, and was also creative director of the Italian fur and leather goods fashion house Fendi, and of his own eponymous fashion label. He collaborated on a variety of fashion and art-related projects. Lagerfeld was recognized for his signature white hair, black sunglasses, fingerless gloves, and high, starched, detachable collars.   read more…

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