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Here are the top ten articles for the French Culture Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!
1. Where the Buffalo Roam the Alps
Less than an hour from the French Riviera a herd of European buffalo roam the forested foothills of the Alps. Learn more about visiting the reserve with a safari group.
2. A Lion in Paris - Children's Book Review
The illustrations, a beautiful combination of drawing and collage, are what make Un Lion à Paris one of my favorite children's books. Take a look inside...
3. Madeleine Vionnet – French Couture in the 1920's
Learn more about the liberating fashions of the 1920’s confectioned by couturier Madeline Vionnet, mother of the bias cut.
4. On the Perfume Trail in Grasse
Grasse is renown for the production of luxury fragrances. Learn about the perfume making process and other ways local fruits and blossoms are enjoyed. A guide to the museums and sites to visit on the perfume trail in the south of France.
5. Up-dos Made in France – Cut by Fred
Stylist to the stars, Fred's weekly blog is a bank of advice on achieving the right cut and color. I like the video demonstrations of him effecting messy up-dos on waifish French models and peeking inside the Parisian apartments of friends he visits for hair SOS.
6. Napoleon & Josephine - Part I
Who would have guessed that the diminutive Corsican general with a "complex" could write such impassioned love letters as those he wrote for Josephine? Learn more about their tempestuous love affair...
7. Madame Grès - Paris Couture from the 1930's
Madame Grès' intricately worked, asymmetric designs accompanied by their sketches and fashion photographs present the timeless output of her Paris workshop. They are on display amongst the sculptures in Paris' Musée Bourdelle.
8. We Don't Say I Love You, It's Bisous!
Three little words that slip off my tongue with ease, I love you, prove to be disquieting to the family of my husband. Instead, they are replaced by the sweet, familiar French saying bisous.
9. Buttons at the Bismark
Glimpse into the diverse collection of buttons on exhibit at the Mona Bismarck Foundation. If you’ve amassed jars of buttons and aren’t quite sure what to do with them, get inspiration from Lisa Kokin’s recycled button sculptures and tapestries.
10. Jardins Jardin – How to Cultivate an Urban Garden
How to create an urban garden answered by Paris’ landscape architects and exterior designers in a dozen ephemeral vignettes that cropped up for the Jardins Jardin festival in the Tuileries.
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