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In the age of the "ephemeral museum," to borrow a phrase from art historian Francis Haskell, masterpieces are as likely to be flying around the world in jets as the cultural travelers in search of them. The most surprising development in the museu...
Keren Ann epitomizes the multicultural modern nomad: born to a Javanese-Dutch mother and a Russian-Israeli father, the 31-year-old singer-songwriter settled down in Paris at age 11. These days, the artist splits her time between Paris and New Yo...
Just a few years ago, the comforts that could be found in high-end airport lounges were pretty much the same all over the world. Comfortable chairs (other than the molded-plastic variety); plasma-screen TVs; an open bar; free Internet access…these...
Paris: Les Abbesses At some point, most visitors to Paris pass through Montmartre, the terribly quaint village set on a hill in the city’s northern 18th Arrondissement. They head to the Sacré Coeur Basilica, erected between 1875 and 1914 atop Ro...
When I am in the City of Light, I rarely set foot in a gallery unless it has a gift shop. My favorite place to dine is the department-store café, with the frites stand at the flea market a close second. But recently it dawned on me that even a wor...
With editing by Adrien Glover, Sarah Kantrowitz, John Newton, and Clara O. Sedlak So what if the euro is up and the dollar is down?That doesn’t mean you should skip a trip to Europe this year. You can still find great deals, even in pricey places...
There was a time when, if you had told your friends that you were taking a trip to Bilbao, they would have wondered why you were going to a shabby, terrorism-scarred Spanish city. Nowadays, they'd envy you for visiting the world's most talked-abou...
celebrating the 20th century LONDON THE YEAR 1900: ART AT THE CROSSROADS ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS (JAN. 16-APRIL 3). A reassessment of the birth of modern art, this millennial show looks at the cultural currents that swirled around the year 1900, ho...
A couple of years ago, François Simon, the influential restaurant critic for Le Figaro, told me that French gastronomy needed a “crisis” in order to reinvent its doddering identity. At the time I barely listened. Who cared about a lot of sauce-str...
The Spanish chain Quilibra is designed for sleep-deprived guests: indoor and outdoor spaces flow together to induce calm, rooms come with ambient-sound CD’s, and light levels are adjusted according to findings by the hotel’s “sleep institute.” Iro...
The stereotype of the surly Parisian maître d’ may be losing currency nowadays, but for the determined efforts of one man: Philippe Pinoteau, owner of Le Baratin, a bar à vin/bistro in the 20th Arrondissement. A skilled sommelier and manager, Pin...
Paris has been my home for the past 16 years. My first job here, in 1989, was working for Karl Lagerfeld in the Chanel design studio. Next came W magazine, and then Harper's Bazaar. Consequently, I'm always being called upon for advice—whe...
“The Rue de Lancry winds its way down to the Canal St.-Martin, a two-mile waterway in the 10th Arrondissement built under Napoléon. Now the street is modern and charming and lined with small shops, boulangeries, Italian and Middle Eastern grocers,...
Looking east from the Pont de Tolbiac in the 13th Arrondissement you wouldn't know you were in Paris. As far as the eye can see, there are cranes and glass towers punctuating the rabbit warrens of old working-class neighborhoods. Below, a soundles...
Guy Martin (Le Grand Véfour, Paris): Air France Sample First-Class Meal: Red pepper, cucumber, and Parmesan tartare, foie gras, and fillet of guinea fowl served with artichokes and scalloped potatoes. Stephan Pyles (Stephan Pyles Restaurant, Da...