Thursday, February 1, 2018

The Republican Guard: a holistic link between past, present and future? Interview with Commandant Lamarre, comments by Nathalie MOLHO, expert in real estate Paris France

Republican Guard Parade
Republican Guard Parade

As explained to me by Mr. Pierre Lamarre, officer of the Communication cabinet of the Republican Guard, this subdivision of the gendarmerie was officially created in 1802 by BONAPARTE (but its origins go back to 1254  when the famous watch was a security unit created in Paris in by Saint Louis, mainly responsible for the policing the city). The Republican Guard formerly called "Municipal Guard of Paris", now dependent on the Ministry of the Interior and also the Defense, has several missions, including protecting the high places of power or being a presidential escort and also to ensure the safety of Parisians.

The Quarter of Célestins (very close to Quai des Célestins) is built on the site of a former
covent, the covent of Celestins ( founded in the 14th century) and is a seoarate entity in le MARAIS, with more than 150 employees and as many families who live there, as well as 150 horses. It houses the Commander of the Republican Guard, who is also General of the division and commands the regiment of the Cavalry of the Republican Guard
It was between 1895 and 1901 that the last elements of the cloister were demolished during the construction of the new headquarters of the staff of the Republican Guard, boulevard Henri IV
Republican Guard front house Bd HENRI IV
Republican Guard front house Bd HENRI IV

Today from the Célestins headquarter several patrols on foot and on horseback, depart daily through Paris. But the protection and security of Parisians does not epitomize the very essence of this powerful entity, inseparable from the republican symbol by its panache, excellence and prestige. Indeed, when President Emmanuel Macron offered Vesuve Brekka, a horse, to Chinese President Xi Jinping two weeks ago, it became  one of the symbols of diplomatic relations and the Franco-Chinese friendship.
Music is a part of the universe of the Republican Guard. The professional musicians play on varied registers and interpret an extentive repertory. It’s all this know-how and excellence that Parisians admire, especially during the great parade of July 14th
The cavalry fanfare (120 musicians) perpetuates the tradition of the ringtones which, ,
I quote the Guard web site  "transmitted with the drums the orders of the military maneuver.
 The characteristic beat of the timpani and the clear sound of the trumpets invariably arouse
 epic dreams.”
Republican guard cavalry fanfare
Republican guard cavalry fanfare

By the picturesque traditional uniform, the sumptuous flames of trumpets and timpani aprons,the brilliance of its brilliant brass, the cavalry fanfare remains a highly sought-after formation both in France and abroad
Thanks to the HERITAGE DAYS event organized in France, one can easily discover the
exceptional know-how of all craftsmen involved in the operation and prestige of this unit

Republican guard craftsmen heritage
Republican guard craftsmen heritage

Their musical performance are well known to Parisians who applaud at major ceremonies
of state including presidential and state foreign sovereigns escorts.

And these  are craftsmen who utilize and preserve from generation to generation  unique and ancestral techniques: saddler, casquier, swords feller, blacksmith, as explains  Commandant Lamarre with passion.
It is remarkable to know they are twenty metal workers and the last in the world, to forge
their iron integrally, by  ancient technique with three hammers, "the French" thus offering
horses irons "on -measure"
The Republican Guard is very popular scoring great success,with a very present public.
It is advisable to reserve in advance, individually or in small groups, via CULTIVAL
(from 12,50 € / Adult and: 9,50 € / Child (under 18)

Republican Guard concerts
Republican Guard concerts

To explore this particular and prestigious world, and for music lovers, do not miss
the Musical Evening, once or twice a month, by reservation  read more on Facebook,
and all the news of the Guard:

The Republican Guard is also present outside its walls, at many festive events including :
· Paris Eiffel JUMPING
· World Cup Jumping Event Finals
· Event at the HOTEL DE VILLE
Republican guard horses Boulevard Henri IV
Republican guard horses Boulevard Henri IV

Because of its prestige, it has special affiliations with the  best brands that symbolize French
excellence, such as J.M. Weston (official supplier of boots for riders), Hermès (which
organized a fashion presentation in the carousel, currently under renovation) etc ...
The horses in this elite unit are carefully selected, with the requirement to make 1M65 at the
withers at the age of three or four years (as evidenced by the online purchase campaign on
the site of the GR)
The Republican Guard is “trendy”: it has been rewarded with a "Q" of gold, in the show
Quotidienne by the french TV journalist Yann BARTHES, for his talent including July 14
his interpretation of a medley DAFT PUNK

The Garde Républicaine, a bridge between old times and a bubbling present, is modernizing
vibrating with its time by maintaining and fastening an image of excellence and its
extraordinary position which has recently become a trademark. What's more natural for an
entity which performs on multiple platfoms and symbolizes so well the cultural roots and
the French tradition

PHOTO Credit: David Mendiboure

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Artsy immersion in le Marais by Nathalie Molho, expert in real estate in Paris France

Historic district of Paris, but also new epicenter of Fashion, the Marais vibrates of an artistic impulse since the beginning of its rehabilitation by André Malraux in the 60s, with a record concentration of galleries of Modern Art and contemporary design, since the late 90s
FASSIANOS Spring 's coming ESTADES Gallery

Actually, the best names of international scene of Contemporary Art Market gathered here in the center of Paris: Right Bank, dethroning the famous and now more bourgeois 6th arrondissement.( left bank)

Famous names - sometimes on three continents such as Thaddaeus Ropac in Hong Kong, Paris, New York or London - present in the Marais since 1990 or Daniel Templon who shine in the firmament of the most famous gallerists and find themselves annually in the rituals that have become the 10 contemporary Art exhibitions around the world: Art Basel, Art Brussel, Art Dubai, Paris Photo, FIAC Paris, Artissima (Turin), the Armory show (New York), Art Geneva, Art Cologne, Expo Chicago, real must-see events, or through events dedicated only to professionals such as:Talking Galleries, (Barcelona symposium) In the context of the globalizing art world : a platform which is focused on the discussion of key issues relevant to the gallery sector, where leading art-world figures are brought together to debate and exchange new trends specific to gallerism and the art market in general, through lecture, work-shops and lab
Talking Galleries Barcelona symposium

Next exhibition that we will talk about a lot and thay falls in the light of current societal and political issues : VALIE EXPORT, this austrian and septuagenarian artist was a feminist pasionaria in the 60's, trading her name against an artist name corresponding to a brand of cigarettes. After collecting for 25 years this underground photographer, Thaddaeus Ropac gets the artist exlusive representation in 2017


Her work on making her body subject and center of her art, is best seen in her series: Body Configurations (1972-76) that the curator of the exhibition Caroline Bourgeois has already highlighted at the Jeu de Paume national museum in 2003, and who explains: “VALIE EXPORT has always refused conventions. Rejecting the role of housewife, she turns to art with a sense of urgency. Her first and seminal gesture is when she dubs herself VALIE EXPORT—in all capital letters—to match the strength of an other self who may bear a masculine name. Defining your name instead of enduring your father’s.
Valie Export THADDAEUS ROPAC Gallery

At Templon, (Gallery founded in 1966) other notable news: from 14 February to 23 April 23 2018, the Centre Pompidou is exhibiting the remarkable donation Jim Dine recently made to the Musée National d’Art Moderne: 28 paintings and sculptures produced between 1961 and 2016. A gift through which, as the artist puts it, he wanted to «pay back a cultural and personal debt to France» – namely the many years spent in Paris, which introduced him to «an aesthetic» that has enlightened his artistic decisions. In acclaiming this gesture, the exhibition strikingly retraces a unique career that is still productive
Setlled in Montrouge, the artist of 82 years, is still painting, inspired by the self-portrait through recurring objects like the hearts, the Venus of milo, the dressing gown, the tools or the figure of Pinocchio

A must read "An history of contemporary art' the biography of Daniel Templon , enriched by the words of the gallerist evocating his trajectory, the encounter with Catherine Millet at the age of 20, and discoveries of the greatest contemporary artists such as Cesar, Ben Vautier, Carl André, Frank Stella, Andy Warhol or Helmut Newton. It thus gives the keys of this history of the political and artistic transformations of the last half-century

Beside these giants, known and recognized all over the planet, stand out from other gallery owners as Magda Danysz, newcomer who arrived very young on the artsy planet (she sets up her first exhibition at 18 rue Keller), whose vocation is to support emerging artists by offering atypical program combining visual art, digital art and street art in her gallery located rue Amelot. 
Supporting different type of arts, Magda Danysz is always looking for multidisciplinarity. Convinced that the world of art is constantly changing, she is committed to democratize contemporary art by making her gallery a place of discovery and conviviality Discoverer of talent, the gallery was the first to present in Paris, or in Shanghai, the works of Shepard Fairey (Obey), Mark Ryden, JR, VHILS or Prune Nourry. But it is not content with Paris, and pushes further the adventure: from London to Shanghai, opening a new gallery in the BUND, the most dynamic area of ​​the city Commissioner of the exhibition "Street Generation (s) 40 years of urban art" in Roubaix, she is the author of  an  history of urban art, parallel to her own beginnings She met the artists before they became stars. "Our job is similar to that of the gold digger," she compares. When she exposes, in 2003, Shepard Fairey, the American is not yet haloed of his posters for the campaign of Barack Obama 

Moreover, Magda Danysz is also member of the board of “Cube”, the first multimedia cultural center in France, dedicated to digital creation, opened in 2001, become one of the most famous in Europe, it explores and crosses territories digital creativity, social innovation and technology, offering more than 200 workshops and events each year. Thus, more than 3000 artists from the international scene, young or experienced talents, have met an audience in demand for cultural renewal.

For neophytes who would like to be guided in a made on measure tour dedicated to contemporary art, Wonderful Time offers a direct contact with an expert who will know by experience as a collector and  also as an art historian in order to let you discover all the subtleties of the offer currently available via the Parisian galleries of contemporary art

Another must-see gallery in the Marais: the POLKA gallery, which has been on rue St Gilles since 2007, presents an old and modern photographic program by questioning the representation of major world events, with a selection of artists such as: William Klein, Jean- Marie Perier, Elliott Erwitt etc ...

The exhibition "WOMEN OF THE WORLD" by Sebastiao Salgado and Marc Ribboud is open until 20 January 2018
Do not miss the flash interview of Sebastiao Salgado:

Finally Place des Vosges, do not miss one the most interesting and multi-facets gallery, opened in 2009 by Michel ESTADES, also present in Lyon and Toulon ( south of FRANCE) expert and merchant since 25 years, a real reference for the works of many modern masters or contemporary figurative figures, such as the famous Jean Cocteau, or the most famous Bernard Buffet but also Cavailles, Dufy, Utrillo, or greek painter Alekos Fassianos, and also the sculpture department with Boudon, Derely or Colcombet
Each year, the 3 sites ( PARIS – LYON- TOULON) organize about 30 monographic and thematic exhibitions

On the other hand, according to an annual list established in 2013, among the 100 most popular contemporary living artists in France, three are "house" and exclusive artists of the Estades Gallery: Chanco, Malle and Jehan; and eight other painters are permanently presented by the Estades Gallery: Fusaro, Combas, Aizpiri, Jouenne, Weisbuch, Raya, Truphemus and Gantner (Source ART ACTUEL - No. 89 - Nov / Dec 2013).
"A passion, the word is not too strong to express what is the driving force of my activity since always. I am primarily an art lover, a collector. I buy and exhibit in my galleries what I would have liked to keep in my private collection. My best reward is to see that I share my favorites and my expertise. Thus expresses the founder of the eponymous Gallery, which never ceases to innovate: in 2012, the Estades Gallery created a department dedicated to monumental Art. This "tailor-made" offer concerns town halls, local authorities, businesses and individuals, wishing to enhance their real estate assets and offer well-being through the acquisition of a major sculpture.
The Gallery offers a large panel of national and international famous artists, topics and manufacturing alternatives, while being responsible for the entire project process. Each order -made on measure, is unique and personalized to each customer. Galerie Estades opened in 2009 on the mythical Parisian place classified as a historical monument. This former Place Royale became Place des Vosges is one of the heart of the European art market. Between the pavilions of the King and Queen, not far from the houses of the Marquise de Sevigne and Victor Hugo.The Estades Gallery, located under the ancient arcades of this elegant square of the Marais, presents exhibitions of the modern and contemporary Masters.

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Festive walk in the gastronomic Marais by Nathalie Molho, expert in real estate Paris France

Historic and diverse, the Marais district is also a den for gourmands ! At the turn of the charming  Sévigné street (No.28), we can discover a young label specialized in honey: MIEL FACTORY, the ultimate honey made in France
Rémi Porthault founder of these mono-floral honeys label, which come from a single variety of flower has become the reference address for honeys sourced around the world
28 rue de Sévigné
His adventures created opportunities to discover a multitude of different types of honey and the craftsmanship of local apiculturists. 
In France, he traversed the countryside. Abroad, he sought the rarest of honeys made from Madagascar’s jujube, Vietnam’s coffee bushes, Mexico’s avocados, South Africa’s Karoo, Thailand’s litchis and the forests of Cameroun. 
The Honey Factory shop opened its doors in 2016, right in the heart of Paris.
The heritage of honey on our planet is exceptional. It is difficult to fully count all the varieties. There is intense passion for those who select and create honey that is unique, of impeccable quality, and harvested in France or around the world.
Miel Factory Xmas presents
Miel Factory Xmas presents
they guarantee their honey’s quality; each is thoroughly analysed in a specialized laboratory to validate the following:
·         Zero alteration of the honey from artificial sugars
·         Zero trace of antibiotics or other medicines intended for the bees
·         Zero pesticides in the honey
·         Humidity less than or equal to 20% in order to optimize the honey’s conservation
·         Alignment between the honey’s variety and the pollen composition.
You will also find fair trade products made from honey: candle, honey mustards, nougats, sweets, gingerbread, pollen (filled with proteins), propolis (a chewing gum with antiseptic virtues) and royal jelly.
An amazing combination of health and delicacy, and for those who prefer it: you can order on-line!.

A few steps away, Rue Pavée (N ° 4), the POP UP STORE CRABTREE & EVELYN, of LONDON, has settled next to famous CARAVANE multi labelled decoration store, offering its fans products to consume in addition to their cosmetics::tea, jams, and ShortBread which  will delight your FIVE O'clock (instagram @ crabtreeandevelyn)
Strawberry preserve 
In this new zone of taste temptations, (near the exit of the ST PAUL metro station) the ECLAIR DE GENIE transports us in the contemporary art and the Arty sets of traditional eclairs revisited (and unrecognizable) the decor of the shop gives us the feel like diving into a modern art gallery, their unique products will make adorable little Christmas presents


At the end of Francs Bourgeois str, on your Left do not miss one of the two POPELLINI of the
 Marais,on Turenne street  (the second one being  DEBELLEYME str near Bretagne str) new
 favorite dessert of the fashionistas: delicious cream puff  available in different irresistible 
flavors:we eat one and we are satiated and happy!
Popeilini cream puff  

In the gourmet Marais, let's not forget the "cheese producer" of the stars: BEILLEVAIRE, rue ST ANTOINE (N ° 77): who welcomes you and advises you, also conditions your purchases in a perfect way if you bring them back to the end of the world: they have a selection of goats to fall, and an incredible quince paste: irresistible combination !

Beillevaire CHEESE selection
Beillevaire selection

Finally soon the holidays, and Christmas meal at Christmas rhyming often with foie gras! go absolutely to the DUCS DE GASCOGNE, present since 1953 rue ST ANTOINE (No. 111), which presents a very complete selection of different livers, the salesman will explain everything about foie gras: cooked, half cooked, quantity per person (70 gram per person) , their accompaniment (fig preserve, onion preserve etc ) and the wine / foie gras accords ( Jurançon, Sauternes, Montbasillac white wines)

Ducs de Gascogne FOIES GRAS  for your festive menu
Ducs de Gascogne  for your festive menu

To provide the best wines for your delicious dishes , make a visit to "Les Caprices de l'Instant" wine shop at 
 rue Jacques Coeur (N ° 12) where there are  organized tastings such as a recent one (Thursday, November 30) for champagne LACOURTE GODBILLON @ champagne.lacourte .godbillon) 
This wine merchant received the "Trophée du Meilleur Caviste de Paris", awarded by the gastronomic guide Gault & Millau France. In addition, their cellar is one of the "Coups de Cœur" of the Revue du Vin de France, a reference magazine for wine lovers.(@ caprices1988)
Their  advice bringing added value, they will take the time to listen, guide and advise you, organizing regular tastings as for the Puligny-Montrachet cuvée Chassagne-Montrachet, Bastard-Montrachet sublime and rare Montrachet 2015 ... rich and generous juices enobled by unparalleled minerality, classy wines where the Chassagne pinot noir expresses all the purity of this french terroir.

Finally, if cooking really is your passion, it is possible to take classes in the Marais: rue des tournelles in a festive area where, in addition to exercising your skills, you can then share the food  with your friends around a large scale. festive and convivial "home-made" table Whether it is to prepare or taste on the spot, to perfect your knowledge in cooking or to improve your technique, you will come out happy from these unique moments of sharing with a great chef
Open to groups and companies, there are different tailor-made packages from 6 to 60 people

Don't  forget the mythic address for all kind of Teas : DAMMANN FRERES Place des Vosges
Art of the Teas Dammann Place des Vosges
Art of the Teas Dammann Place des Vosges

For a festive and 3 stars evening, l'Ambroisie restaurant Place des Vosges is the best place
To end this enchanted walk, do not resist the pleasure of a visit to LENOTRE, who always offers entremets whose magnificence perfectly matches the subtle flavors chosen by his pastry chef: Guy KRENZER, double Best Worker of France, admits he finds  his  motivation in the pleasure of learning, sharing and transmitting, universal values ​​that correspond to those we would like to share with you, dear readers, for 2018!

The dream of Christmas : for adults too  !
The dream of Christmas : for adults too  !

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