Monthly Archives: October 2014

16 Responses to Five *non traditional* events happening in Paris this month

  1. Et bien ne va t on pas désormais AUSSI voir les français comme inepte et fermé à l’art, après l’incident causé par l’oeuvre de McCarthy ? De l’eau au moulin du french bashing encore…alors que je suis convaincue que d’autres personnes, dans d’autres pays, auraient aussi sans doute réagi fortement. Pour ma part, je n’ai pas vu la chose,je n’ai donc pas d’opinion quant à son appeal sur moi. En revanche, en photo, bof, pas touché par son intérêt artistique. Mais de là à baffer le créateur et à démolir le truc, non c’est trop. Il y a aussi de forts chouettes expo actuellement à Paris, enfin je dis ça, je sais qu’il ne faut pas dire que les parisiens sont capables de penser hein..
    Honestly I am not sure that writing about the incident regarding the project crated by Mr McCarthy and what happened recently to it, will benefit in a positive way to the current strong french bashing. Because you know, of course french are illiterate and closed to art, it is so well known isnt’t it? I am not sure there will not have been another strong reaction elsewhere in the world about this “tree”? I have not seen it but from the pictures felt no appeal to it. True I do regret the smacking of Mr McCarthy do not support the sacking of his creation. And to finish my writing, may I mention that there actually are quite a lot of interesting and very good shows and art exposition currently in Paris (as it seems of course that Paris IS France, you know this small crazy ridiculous old Europe situated country…). Sorry but sometimes I have to rant, especially on THIS blog(sorry but sometimes I think you are just making too much of your american attitude as if you were ashamed of being french, which you are not of course, we are what we are, for best or worst).

    • Dear eveange66. You need to take a deep breath and keep smiling. It helps a lot in life. This blog is not famous for French bashing, quite the opposite in fact. Paris is not France, as I very well know since I was born in the beautiful southwest. You should go back and read some of the stories I have written about Nice, and more recently, Toulouse. Bien à vous.

    • I think that you are one of the best examples of France-not Paris not Toulouse nor Nice or Lyon-but of FRANCE– with grace, style and intellect and actually I should have put the intellect/sense of humor first….you are such a perfectly wonderful example of the balance of two countries in their diversity as well as their similarities you blend the two seamlessly and I for one MARVEL at the way/manner you have accomplished a very DIFFICULT task and make it look easy-a true sign of art and grace. On this site, the love and admiration and pride and joy which you feel and show for your beloved mother land is SO EVIDENT it is beyond me how someone cannot see it in black and white or feel it through your words-

    • To eveange66:
      I don’t think you have been reading French Girl’s blog for very long or you would know that she absolutely LOVES France. She lives here in the U.S. now and is explaining the French way to us from her very knowledgeable point of view being that she understands both the French and the American point of view.
      It seems like you don’t really understand what’s going on here. Maybe it’s getting lost in your translation.

  2. This was a GREAT read…as always-I was reading about said “Christmas tree” yesterday in the New York papers and is there any question as to what the tree really was… considering his illustrious work in Hong Kong– Oh La La-unbelievable-and on no Burger King– fast paced dining WHAT IS THIS WORLD COMING TOO!! Have a wonderful week and as always many many thanks for your very unique and interesting presentation!

    • Merci beaucoup, g. Glad you enjoying my coverage of the French… uh… Parisian news. I thought the *Tree* story was awesome. It certainly caused quite a stir. Yet, in this era of “fast-paced-everything,” and with the media’s 30-second attention span, I have no doubt nobody will be mentioning it again a month from now (that is probably a good thing.) Have a wonderful week on the East Coast.

  3. I had to laugh through this one. McCarthy’s work is new to me, but can’t say I’m a fan. I don’t understand why such things are considered art. 😉
    Burger King in Paris????? Just returned from a delightful two weeks in France, most of which was spent in Paris. It makes me sad to see the number of Starbucks that are now spreading, even though I’m definitely a Starbucks fan here at home.
    Thanks for sharing the news. ‘-)

    • Bonjour Sarah. Welcome back chez French Girl in Seattle! So you went to France, lucky lady! I will visit your blog today in the hope you may have shared some of your adventures there. As for Starbucks, McDo, Burger King and the likes, eh… I guess there is room (and an audience) for everyone in a big cosmopolitan city like Paris. One can always choose not to visit them (I draw the line at having a Burger King or a Starbucks on the Eiffel Tower, though.) 🙂

  4. Events happening this month in Paris:
    5-day SIAL professional event
    FIAC at the Grand Palais – huge galerie expo
    Hokosai is at Grand Palais
    Baccarat exhibit just opened at Petit Palais
    Huge Niki de St.Phalle retrospective at Grand Palais
    Huge Sonia Delaunay retrospective at Musee d”Art Moderne
    Women artists are being feted in Paris this month in a big way.
    Picasso museum reopens the 22nd
    Frank Gehry new Louis Vuiton art museum in Jardin d’Aclimation opens today

    FYI: Holybelly is one of many small new entrepreneurial efforts created by young French people trying to change things in Paris.i.e. no reservations, organic, relatively inexpensive.

    • Bonjour Carol. Long time no talk to (even I still visit Paris Breakfasts on a regular basis.) Thank you for completing the long list of events I started at the beginning of this post – You helped me prove my point: There is a lot going on in Paris in October. I know you visit many of those events yourself now that you are une Parisienne and report back on your blog.

      This story, however, is tongue-in-cheek (I admit it,) and meant to highlight *non-traditional* things happening in Paris right now. Paris is changing, it is a fact: I lived there for 10 years and notice it when I go back every summer.

      As for young Nico, the HolyBelly co-owner, he has quite the following. I enjoyed my organic meal at his restaurant in July, and spent some time observing the staff and clientele. I must admit I agree with the lady who complained about HolyBelly online this week. I do not care for long lines; no reservation policy; or being rushed out of my seat because “other people are waiting.” I know many French people don’t either — I realize Nico and his friends want “to change things,” (the intro he wrote on the blog would be deserving of an entire blogpost,) but I don’t see the point of fixing things that aren’t broken. Being able to linger at your table is one of them. Have a great week in Paris, Carol. I know I will get to visit many popular events, as always, thanks to your blog this Fall!

  5. Franchement, cet arbre vert, ce n’était pas très beau, mais cela ne valait pas la peine d’en faire tout un fromage. Ce qui est très beau, par contre, c’est la Fondation Louis Vuitton,
    Certains resto parisiens font deux “services” et prennent des réservations soit à 8 H soit à 9 H…comme cela on est tout de suite prévenu qu’il ne faudra pas s’éterniser.

    • D’accord pour *l’Arbre Vert* mais c’est fascinant, en même temps, de voir l’efficacité des Social Media… et, comme je l’avais prédit dans un autre commentaire, la rapidité avec laquelle tout le monde a tourné la page. La gloire peut-être si éphémère de nos jours. Quant aux restaurants avec deux services, je n’y vois pas d’inconvénient, dès lors qu’on est prévenu. Bon weekend!

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