Diner en Blanc
Tonight in Paris, tens of thousands of people dressed in white, will converge at a secret location, set up miles of tables, food and champagne and dine in high spirits until midnight for the annual Diner en Blanc. It all began a quarter of a century ago when a group of ten thrill-seeking friends with a desire to eat dinner at a forbidden spot in Paris, ended up dining as a 200-person flash mob at the Jardins de Bagatelle, the former playground of French royals including Marie Antoinette.
Celebrating its twenty-fifth year tonight, thousands of friends who invited friends (who invited friends) will learn the location of their dinner, a closely guarded secret kept by organisers until the very last-minute…
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Otis Redding, killing the standard Try A Little Tenderness, at a late night show in Paris (a city that probably deserves a lot of the credit for this insanely beautiful performance).
What good is an iPhone if it can’t take you to Paris?! Or an iPad that can’t take you on a stroll through Montmartre? I love having you vicariously tag along with me in Paris and I’m beginning to feel like you might really have a thing for this city. So I have a hunch you might like this brand new iPhone and iPad application I’ve come across. From the talented team behind the beautiful coffee table book Paris in Color, comes a new digital book combining fine art photography and minimalist video into visual stories of Paris neighborhoods. With every new volume, the Paris Journal will take you on a tour of a different neighbourhood in Paris, down hidden passages, through private gates and into boulangeries that look so good you can almost smell the buttery croissants.
You may recall we recently discovered Kowloon City, the Hong Kong ‘historical accident’, an urban enclave so densely populated by squatters that even the law lost its grip on the seven-acre plot crammed with 300 interconnected towers. It turns out we had one just like it right here in Paris. And unlike Kowloon, which was razed to the ground in 1993, our 19th century ‘walled’ citadel still remains standing to this day, just a few streets away from Montmartre. (via The Remains of a Paris ‘Kowloon’ Walled City | Messy Nessy Chic Messy Nessy Chic)
What I find so intriguing about this story is not so much the discovered painting and the revelation of a love affair between a great Italian painter and the beautiful actress in an enchanting era, but more the story of Mrs. de Florian and why she stayed away from Paris for so long.
What kept her away even after the war? Was she running away from someone or something other than the Nazis? For all those decades, her rent on the elegant apartment in a flourishing city had been faithfully paid, but it was left to freeze in time. (via The Paris Time Capsule Apartment | Messy Nessy Chic Messy Nessy Chic)
First of all, this is just a great blog (not on tumblr, unfortunately). And second of all, this is a post about an apartment in Paris that was left locked when its tenant left ahead of the Nazi Occupation, until its last occupant died, far away. When they opened the doors, they saw an apartment untouched and undisturbed for 70 years…
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