Sunday May 15 is the last day for the stunning Picasso exhibition at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts(VFMA) in Richmond, before it closes and re-opens in the de Young Museum in San Francisco on June 11. The VFMA will be open until midnight Friday May 13 and Saturday May 14.
Despite frequent trips to Paris, I had always taken the Eiffel Tower for granted. Both awesome and flamboyant, it's always in the distant background in the City of Light. But during this trip the Eiffel Tower was a friendly a good neighbor just a few blocks away -- always in sight out the window, glowing warmly at night and shimmering each hour on the hour after dark with stunning drama and poise. The 7th Arrondissement along and around Rue Saint-Dominique was a perfect home base for a week with the girlfriends, an upscale but not pretentious neighborhood, where one of the girlfriends found a well-appointed apartment, fittingly, from Paris Perfect.
When three lifelong girlfriends rendezvous in Paris, the energy is so high that you just have to get out and shop. Always start with the eye candy that is totally out of sight -- along Avenue Montaigne where wealth and chic prevail in the windows of Versace, Dior, Lacroix and more.
Terrance Gelenter is a passionate marketer with a generous spirit, who has turned his love affair with Paris into an experience accessible to everyone through his website, speakers programs and travel planning business, Paris Through Expatriate Eyes. Most recently I ran into Terrance in Mill Valley, California, where he was signing his new book, From Bagels to Brioches: Paris Par Hasard, a semi-memoir, semi-travelogue tale of how and why he made Paris his own.
Eat, pray, love your hearts out, Julia and Elizabeth. Undistracted by men -- though we love them -- the girlfriends are off to Paris for a week. As the wise yogi once told me (actually I think she was a buyer in the Eileen Fisher department at Macy's), a good scarf, purposeful flair and proper enthusiasm for food and wine are what it takes to have des vacances incroyable in the City of Light with the gals. Expect the unexpected! That is the theme for the Womantraveler.
Spotted by Locals is a smart new website by European locals dishing out insider tips on their home cities. It's well worth a view.
The stained glass of Paris -- vitrail -- is best seen in many venues, especially the Brasserie Printemps in one of the city's most famous department stores -- and the exquisite beauty of the 12th century Gothic church, Sainte-Chapelle.
The hip Nespresso coffee boutique on Paris' Champs Elysees changed our coffee-drinking habits back home -- bringing modern style, simplicity, no mess and easy online ordering for terrific espresso every day.
Walk, well even run, to gather purple for your fall-winter wardrobe. That's the color of the season in Paris for 2008, with a range of shades from bold to soft almost greys, and mixed and matched with another spectrum of reds to pinks and burnt orange to tangerie.
Colette, the original "concept store" in Paris, is shopping as entertainment. The theme here is cutting-edge style from around the world -- and a special Colette collection is featured at the Gap in Manhattan through October 5.