Simone de Beauvoir.. An Enigma

I will always be seduced by Paris and its most famous French writer, intellectual, existentialist “philosophe”, feminist icon, Simone de Beauvoir.

It would have been thrilling to have existed in the dazzling decade of the 1940’s, when Paris reclaimed its status as the capital of philosophy, art and joie de vivre, after enduring a debilitating humiliating Second World War.

Having lived and loved in Paris for many years, particularly in its most artistic, literary “quartier” of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, I’ve been delighted to have become an habitué of the legendary Parisian café frequented and made famous by de Beauvoir and her lover, the writer and philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre”…

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Jean-Christophe Maillot’s.. Le Lac

A warm feeling, a mood, an exhilaration enveloped me while watching enthralled.. Les Ballets de Monte Carlo’s “Le Lac”, brilliantly choreographed by Jean-Christophe Maillot.

It has been so long since that charming feeling, uplifting sensation, that devours the soul, when one’s senses are allowed to celebrate, instead of denigrate.

Maillot and his dramatist collaborator, Jean Rouaud, forged a superb contemporary version of the legendary “Swan Lake” ballet by Tchaïkovski…

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Simone Duckstein: Hôtel de La Ponche.. Un autre regard… | Saint-Tropez Travel Series

“Hôtel de La Ponche…

Un autre regard sur Saint-Tropez”…

A book published by…

The owner… proprietor…

Simone Duckstein…

Of the legendary… La Ponche hotel…

Made famous by the iconic actress Brigitte Bardot… who played in the unforgettable “And God Created Woman”… the widely recognised French drama film directed by Roger Vadim…

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André Malraux.. My Inspiration…

André Malraux…

French… author…

Social… critic…

Flamboyant… statesman…

Captivates… me…

My total admiration for everything French in general.. Paris.. in particular.. and mostly for the enigmatic and powerful intellect of…

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Baryshnikov as Nijinsky: Letter to a Man…

The… night…

Was… dark…

Chilly… monstrous…

When… we shivered…

Our… way to…

Théâtre de… la Ville…

Watching the legendary Mikhail Baryshnikov.. metamorphose into the iconic Vaslav Nijinski… he literally became him by completely inhabiting the awesome.. frightening.. fragmented mind of the great.. prodigious most celebrated former virtuoso artist.. who performed with his mentor Sergei Diaghilev’s renowned Ballets Russes…

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The Gates of Hell at Musée Rodin..

The exhibition “Hell according to Rodin”, or “L’Enfer selon Rodin”, currently taking place at the Musée Rodin in Paris, invites the public to take a fresh look at an iconic work of art: The Gates of Hell. Over 170 works – including 60 drawings that are rarely on public display, and numerous sculptures restored for the exhibition – immerse visitors in the fascinating history of this masterpiece, which was so influential in the development of sculpture and the arts. With these mysterious, imposing doors that never open, Rodin presents a spectacular view of Hell – both feverish and tormented…

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