Pierre Corneille – Rouen Weekend Excursion

Although he spent his last years and days in Paris, as a respected playwright, Pierre Corneille’s birth place In Rouen and studio (where he composed Le Cid among others!) is a fascinating place to visit when and if out of Paris.

Restaurant Le Risale

Just returned from a great dinner, that went down very well thanks to fantastic company 🙂 – and a great venue. Turkish Restaurant, Le Risale. The lamb dishes are to die for, as is the rest of the menu. The ambience is as deliciously warm and welcoming as the menu – this is a restaurant…

Musée de la Vie romantique

The Museum gives a glimpse into the 19th Century, in the workspace of Dutch born artist, Ary Scheffer. It also acts as a befitting tribute to the artistry of the time, and the introduction of stunning painting techniques during the Romantic period. Several pieces of memorabilia are also housed here – in the form of…

Versailles

Versailles from George on Vimeo. Opulent, magnificent, over-the-top, Versailles lives up to, and surpasses, all of its associated stereotypes. Definitely not a place to explore in one day – it makes for a great place to visit again and again. Here, the visit took place on a slightly moody day – temperature wise (and in…

Out of Paris: Rouen

Rouen from George on Vimeo. Valuable as a weekend getaway packed with several historical landmarks and great works of artistry – Rouen is very much well worth a visit.

Derrière : Home-restaurant and Paris’ best kept secret?

I just received a great review of a restaurant that opened in Paris two years ago, seats a limited number of diners per night and is meant to feel like a “home away from home”. Apparently, upon arrival, you have to be buzzed in,much like someone arriving at a private home. This beautiful place, I…

Out of Paris expedition (3): Harfleur, North Western France

Harfleur, North Western France from George on Vimeo. For the greater part of six centuries, this old town – that now has a population of under 10000 people – was a key trading port in North Western France. It also was a pivotal town in France’s running tensions with England, given its geographical position. Several…

Old Art Book heaven in the heart of Paris

I happened to stumble across a treasure trove of a store that sells old, out of print art books – and look forward to going back to page through hundreds of books on Paris. It’s an exciting ‘find’ and a rich source of fantastic work that you will not find anywhere else in the most…