Archive for September, 2013

Georges Braque at The Grand Palais

September 25, 2013 @ 12:07 pm
posted by Sandra Sheridan
Grand Palais, Paris

Braque’s magnificent bird collection – © Adago, Paris 2013

Visitors to Paris between now and January 6 have a unique treat in store.  The Grand Palais – ever the gorgeous backdrop of exceptional events – has just opened The Georges Braque exhibition with an astounding 240 of the artist’s paintings that encompass his entire career.  France 24 calls the event a “40-year first”, as it is the first retrospective dedicated to the artist in France.

Tracing the work of the artist who ‘co-authored’ Cubism with Pablo Picasso, the exhibition highlights Braque’s many sources of inspiration, from music and poetry to the intellectual arena of his time, 1882 – 1963.  Credited with inventing collage, the artist initially was tempted by Fauvism, before inventing the paper cut-out technique and helping to found Cubism in collaboration with Picasso –  a move that shook the art world in the post-war mid 1900’s .

Georges Braque

Musical Instruments – 1908

The exhibition moves from his initial Fauvist works to his final magnificent art studio, bird and landscape series.  Enjoy a delightful video ‘teaser’ about the exhibition; and if your Paris trip is not entirely scheduled, be sure to take in this Grand Palais event.

I long ago moved away from my naïve “I know what I like” to embrace many kinds of art.  I love the imagination of artists, who see … and share their different vision of scenes, places and people in the world.

And even I have had my ‘dancing with Picasso’ moments, though I didn’t then realize that I owed as much to Braque for the Cubism movement.

French artists

Sheridan Picasso – mais oui!


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Quickie Pear Tarte a la Jacques Pépin!

September 23, 2013 @ 9:49 am
posted by Sandra Sheridan
Jacques Pepin recipe

Pear Tarte with Framboise fruit spread

Alright, my friends, I promised on facebook, that I would reveal the secret of this elegant looking dish.  In 100 years, I would not have guessed that the base is ……………….a flour tortilla.  I am not kidding.

I told my husband that we have to try this.  I think I really didn’t believe it would be very tasty, despite the fact that we think Jacques Pépin is as endearing as he is incredible to watch ‘chefing it up’ in le cuisine.  Off to the store we went for two very perfect Bartlett pears… we had the rest ….except for parchment paper, but I am the make-do queen and used aluminum foil.

So here are the basics.  Take a 7- or 8-inch flour tortilla shell.  Butter one side with about 1 T of unsalted butter and sprinkle with the same amount of sugar.  Turn it over and place on foil or parchment on a cookie sheet.  Pre-heat your oven to 400o.

Peel your lovely pear and slice into beautiful wedges – as many as you can manage.  I had a nice, plump pear so only used one, but you can use two pears, as desired.  Carefully place wedges around the tortilla, beginning with the thicker parts of the pear at the outer edge.  Overlay a second ring from the center of the tortilla, and finish off with tinier pieces in the center.

tarte au poire frqance

Pear tarte dotted with butter and sugar

Dot the whole charming arrangement with little pieces of soft butter – about 2 T and sprinkle with the same amount of sugar.  Voila!  Time to place in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes, ‘til the tortilla is crisp and brown and the pear tender.  Monsieur Pépin warns of the potential for blackened, carmelized edges that you would need to trim.  Alas in my make-do perfection, there was no need!

Cool for a minute before placing on a wire rack.  I took a dollop of delicious St. Dalfour Red Raspberry fruit spread and heated for 30 seconds or so in the microwave, so it was nice and thin.  For a beautiful glazed finish, I lightly brushed the framboise over the tarte………and there you have this gorgeous creation!

tarte au poire france

Ready for glazing!

We split into four wedges and enjoyed this crisp, sweet treat with tender pears – very different and equally delicious!

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Bon Dimanche – Beaumont du Périgord!

September 22, 2013 @ 12:14 pm
posted by Sandra Sheridan
scenic Dordogne

Montignac on the Vezere in Dordogne

Visit our LuxeEuro site today for a combination of amusement and revelation – our recommendation for lodging in the lovely old bastide town of Beaumont du Périgord in southern Dordogne.

We hadn’t heard of the ville, until our Parisian friend sent us Julia Stuart’s first novel, the Matchmaker of Périgord.  Stuart’s novel is the fictional side of Peter Mayle’s A Year in Provence, in which she captures so many of the endearing (and not so) idiosyncrasies of provincial French in the story of the barber turned matchmaker.

Do take a look at a remarkable old mill country retreat –Moulin de la Ville Beaumont du Périgord– and have a delightful Sunday remembering past adventures and planning future trips!


Monte Cristo – The Beauty of France

September 20, 2013 @ 9:00 am
posted by Sandra Sheridan
count of monte cristo

Chateau de Villette – fit for the Count


We all have our little moments of truth along the twisting paths of life.  Just one of mine took place, when I was eleven years old.

Decidedly miserable with stomach cramps and a nasty little flu, I made a monumental decision.  I no longer wanted to be a movie star, a dream I had nestled like a favorite doll in my soul for ‘all of my life’.  Suddenly I realized that if I were a movie star, the entire world would know that I was pale and miserable and sick with the flu.  Apparently my sense of decorum at that delicate age would not allow such highly personal life details to be made public.

And this has what … exactly … to do with France?  I thought you would never ask!

We have launched ourselves inside of a new adventure – namely, watching Le Comte de Monte Cristo – the 1998, four-part series made for television and starring Gérard Depardieu.  Yes, I am annoyed with Monsieur Depardieu and his abandonment of France for Russia, apparently unable to live within his considerable means and most unhappy with the government for wanting a greater share.

Depardieu's Monte Cristo

Le Comte de Monte Cristo

Back on track, though, I hasten to add that this film resurrects the intricate, swashbuckling tale of the esteemed Alexandre Dumas.  In only the first two segments of the eight-hour saga, we have been to the notorious Chateau d’If on Marseille’s horizon, to Marseille itself and to Italy, Paris, and Auteil.

We have relished the Mediterranean expanses and traveled the countryside of France.  We have stepped delicately through marble passageways and reveled in garden carriage rides in and around Paris.

Now, you see, don’t you?  The ability to immerse myself in such entrancing stories and delightful locations would be great reward for the tiny embarrassment of having the world know I was seized with influenza.  I am now willing to make that sacrifice and only await an invitation to read for the next movie to be filmed in France.

And however many of the numerous productions of Le Comte you may have seen, we recommend this particular series.  The film reveals Dumas’ exceptional talent, French history and culture, a cast of considerable expertise and an entire menu of beautiful sights in France and Italy.

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