Paris

Gemma Bovary – Vive La Difference, French Film Festival 2015

Gemma Bovary – Vive La Difference, French Film Festival 2015

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Gemma Bovary is a sensuous handsome film with impressive acting and super scenery, a delightful reworking of an iconic French satirical tale with a modern twist

Diplomacy – A Conversation to Save the City of Lights, Paris

Diplomacy – A Conversation to Save the City of Lights, Paris

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The art of conversation, honed by the French and delivered so persuasively by Swedish Consul General Nordling, saves Paris from destruction at the end of WW II

French Film Festival 2015 – Art of Pleasure @ Palace Cinemas

French Film Festival 2015 – Art of Pleasure @ Palace Cinemas

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Alliance Francaise French Film Festival Australia at Palace Cinemas nationally offers a rich selection of beguiling French stories above love, longing and life

Folies Bergére – Brigitte a Shepherdess Living The Good Life

Folies Bergére – Brigitte a Shepherdess Living The Good Life

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Marc Fitoussi, Folies Bergére with Isabelle Huppert is a contemplative portrait of a country landscape and marriage in need of renaissance, brilliantly achieved

My Old Lady – Paris, Wisdom, Age and Finding your Destiny

My Old Lady – Paris, Wisdom, Age and Finding your Destiny

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In the picturesque historically important Marais district of Paris a drama surrounding the life of one old lady played by Maggie Smith unfolds in engaging style

Favourite Boutique Style Museums – Sydney, Paris and London

Favourite Boutique Style Museums – Sydney, Paris and London

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My favourite trio of boutique museums, the Nicholson Museum Sydney, Musée du Moyen Age Paris & John Soane Museum, London, offer a unique experience for visitors

Les Misérables – From Page to Stage, in Marvellous Melbourne

Les Misérables – From Page to Stage, in Marvellous Melbourne

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Victor Hugo: Les Misérables, from Page to Stage at State Library of Victoria showcases his 1862 manuscript while Cameron Macintosh’s stage production is in town

Monticello-with-Blossoms

Thomas Jefferson at Monticello – To See and be Seen

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Throughout his life Thomas Jefferson was continually putting his house Monticello up or pushing it down as his knowledge and experience of life and architecture expanded.

La Tour d’Argent, Paris – Wine, War & The Art of Living Well

La Tour d’Argent, Paris – Wine, War & The Art of Living Well

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Wine is at the heart and soul of French culture and, for its people, the art of pleasure has always been a very serious business, especially at La Tour d’Argent

Deco Dame

Art Deco – A Revolution of Design & Style for the Modern Age

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Art Deco was about integrating contemporary living with art, and turning life into art, against those consciously working for the undoing of art and its purpose was enjoyment.

Yell for Cadel

Yell for Cadel

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Well-done Cadel Evans. You gained respect when you won Le Tour de France and then stepped onto the podium on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées at Paris speaking first in the language of your hosts, French. In so doing you honoured their customs, beliefs and culture. After the race the wine…

Elegance, a refinement of taste to cultivate polite society

Elegance, a refinement of taste to cultivate polite society

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An evening of traditional elegance, say at the White House or Government House Australia, still requires a perfection of planning and wise organisation so that it appears not to be contrived at all.

The Tourist, would you be ready to go to Venice in 20 minutes?

The Tourist, would you be ready to go to Venice in 20 minutes?

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The Tourist is a movie all about an American tourist’s playful dalliance with a stranger that begins on a train and leads to a web of intrigue, romance and danger. To coin the words of super sleuth author ‘Richard Castle’, “I know, isn’t it great!”