News brief: Five masterpieces stolen from a Paris museum

Credit: AP / Jacques Brinon It’s the kind of story you’d think only belongs in mystery books – the kind of plot reminiscent of that retro hero of French novels, Arsene Lupin, “gentleman burglar”, thief in white gloves. To me, art thefts have always had this curious blend of crime and romance. It’s silly and … Continue reading

Edvard Munch: Everything but the Scream

It was a glorious day off in the middle of the week – sunny, not warm exactly but with a definite springtime feel. April in Paris, it’s treacherous: go ahead, soak up those rays, but keep your coat and scarf close by. With my friends all busy at their regular Monday-to-Friday jobs (and I say … Continue reading

Water in a landlocked city

Paris does not immediately spring to mind as a particularly aquatic city. There is the Seine of course, but its filthy like any big city river. Most of France is covered in coastline though and the country has produced great sailors and great seafood recipes (bouillabaisse!), not to mention the timeless trend of the sailor … Continue reading

The Museum of Hunting and Nature

In the refurbished Hotel de Guenegaud, an elegant stone building with a cobbled courtyard and sweeping staircases that is tucked quietly into the Rue des Archives, lies the charming (-ly bizarre) Musee de la Chasse et la Nature—an ambling assemblage of paintings, taxidermy, sculpture, and text amassed as an homage to sport hunting. Weaving from … Continue reading

The Natural History Museum

Though possibly a bit less pursued than its glamorous and gleaming counterparts in the repertoire of Parisian museums, the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle—and particularly the Galerie d’Anatomie Comparée et de Paléontologie—is a gem among them perhaps precisely because it lacks the sheen typical of tourist hotspots. Nestled in the well-groomed grounds of the Jardin des … Continue reading