South Australian-based Jane Paech might reside half a world away from Paris these days, but she knows the City of Light more than most — having lived à la parisienne for six years, she has been a regular visitor to her spirit city ever since. Her knowledge of and passion for Paris are beautifully, eloquently […]

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A caryatid is a column craved in the draped form of a female (and occasional male). Popular in Ancient Greece, the most famous example from that time is the porch of the Erechtheion on the Athens Acropolis. Caryatids came to Paris during the French Renaissance, when everything classical became new again. The first Parisian caryatids, […]

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If you’re lucky enough to find yourself in Paris on July 14, you might be tempted to greet a local with a cheery ‘Bonne Bastille.’ Best not to. In France, Bastille Day is formally known as ‘La fête nationale,’ or, more casually, ‘Le quatorze juillet’ — so throw around a merry ‘Bonne fête nationale’ or […]

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Paris’s museum cafés are gorgeously inspired, but the city’s museum restaurants really take the concept of art on a plate, in asethetically pleasing surroundings, to a whole new level of wonderful. Whether an extravagant excuse to rest your feet in the middle of a marathon museum session, or a genius way to keep the arty […]

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