Graff.. Paris Boutique

GRAFF the name, powerful, unique, conjures visions of magnificent splendour: the twelve carat emeralds, brilliant cut diamonds, fabulous sapphires, all are breathtaking.

“Les diamants Graff sont éternels”.. the heart does skip a beat.

The dripping with glamour Graff boutique, which opened its tall doors recently in Paris, is prestigiously located in rue Saint-Honoré and the corner of the rue de Castiglione, a heartbeat away from the most romantic, of the “Love in the Afternoon” fame, The Ritz, the historically-drenched hotel located in the beautiful Place Vendôme…

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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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Japon.. Mon Amour

Something about Japan hypnotises me. It is a country, a culture that is mesmeric. From exotic Tokyo to the dazzling Kyoto.
Japan, the land of the rising sun.
It is in one’s soul.

I have been told that I existed in Japan many lifetimes ago, that may be the reason for my great fascination with the country, my longing.. that does not dwindle nor abate…

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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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