The Smiling Angel of Reims

L'Ange au Sourire, Reims

The Smiling Angel, “L’ange au Sourire”, standing just above the north entrance of the main façade of the Cathedral of Reims near Paris is one of the most famous works of medieval statuary. Carved sometime between 1236 and 1245, the enigmatic icon is not the only smiling angel in the 2303 large collection of sculptures at Reims, […]


Bordeaux – La Cité du Vin

La Cité du Vin, Bordeaux - Photo: Asgeir Pedersen

La Cité du Vin gives you an immersive, multi-sensory tour of the wine world Bordeaux is the undisputed capital city of the wine world, situated in the heart of a region with some 2000 years of wine-making traditions. With the opening on June 01, 2016 of La Cité du Vin, Bordeaux reaffirms its status as one […]


Le Corbusier’s timeless modernism

Le Corbusier

For Le Corbusier, architecture meant functionalism – pure and simple in form Better known by his pseudonym Le Corbusier, Swiss-born Charles-Édouard Jeanneret ranks among the most important architects of the 20th century. Le Corbusier was based in Paris, but as his reputation grew, so did his sphere of influence. He was commissioned to design buildings in several […]


The Water Mirror in Bordeaux

Place de la Bourse - Photo: Asgeir Pedersen

Fun all day long, but the real magic begins in the evening when the lights come on… The majestic Place de la Bourse with its stately facades reflected in the still surface of the “Miroir d’eau” at night has become something of an icon of Bordeaux. Built in 2006, the world’s largest water mirror also reflects, […]


Medieval art in a new light

Musee des Augustines, Toulouse, France. Exhibition of medieval capitals (Jorge Pardo)

The stone sculptures and carvings really do come alive in this unusual setting Situated by the banks of the Garonne River, halfway between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, the reddish-pink brick city of Toulouse is the natural gateway to south-western France. Within easy reach are places listed among the “Most Beautiful Villages of […]


Evocative art in the Bishop’s Palace


Musée de Toulouse-Lautrec has the world’s largest collection of the artist’s works The City of Albi in southern France is well known for its wonderful Sainte-Cécile Cathedral, an imposing, fortress-like building, plain on the outside but with an astonishingly rich interior. The adjacent Berbie Palace was built in the same style with fortified walls that reflect its military […]