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Monday 24 November 2008
This week: Paris
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Programme guests: Bambi Sloan, Malcolm McLaren and Natasha Edwards
The following topics were covered in the programme:
City Tour by 2CV - Chauffeured Tours of Paris by 2CV are available through ‘Quatre Roues Sous Une Parapluie’ (‘Four Wheels Beneath an Umbrella.’) Find out more about the service.
Musée du Quai Branly - The first major museum opening in Paris since 1986, a vast collection of ethnography from around the world. Visit the museum site.
Paris Velib, tested out by Traveller’s Tree listener Brenda Puech, is the new public cycle scheme in Paris. Find out more.
Bambi Sloan talked about some of the recent design makeovers at Paris hotels. The following hotels were discussed: Le Meurice, Hotel Petit Moulin, Mama Shelter and the Citadines Apartments.
Natasha Edwards recommended a number of current art exhibitions:
Jeff Koons at the Chateau de Versailles. The American king of kitsch is exhibiting some of his most famous works in the chateau and gardens of France’s most illustrious national treasure – the Chateau Versailles. Visit the museum site.
Picasso at Les Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais. Three of Paris' greatest museums, the Louvre, d'Orsay and the Picasso, have joined forces to mount an exhibition examining the inspiration that Picasso drew from other painters. Visit the museum site.
Musée Picasso. The permanent collection has recently been re-hung with a mirrored installation that cuts through the building. Visit the museum site.
Ron Arad at the Pompidou Centre. The Pompidou Centre is devoting a monograph to the British industrial designer and architect Ron Arad. Visit the museum site.
And in 2009, look out for 'The Great World of Andy Warhol' also at Les Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais. Visit the museum site.
Malcolm McLaren talked about his favourite area of Paris, the 9th arrondissement (IXe arrondissement), located on the Right Bank, which is one of the 20 arrondissements of Paris. It contains many places of interest, including the Boulevard Haussmann and its large department stores of Galeries Lafayette and Printemps. Malcolm particularly likes the back streets where there are many artisan craft shops and the Drouot AuctionHouse. Find out more.
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