December 7, 2012 |
Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" is an unusual movie, taking place mostly in a lifeboat at sea with a tiger and a young boy. Appropriately, Twentieth Century Fox has given it an unusual premiere. On Wednesday, the studio debuted the Oscar hopeful in Paris in a location best designed to bring the audience along for Pi's journey. Not in a theater with cushy seats, but in an indoor swimming pool, with the moviegoers nestled in lifeboats, just like Pi. The 1930s-built Espace Sportif Pailleron is one of the city's listed buildings and features a recently restored Art Deco interior as well as Paris' only permanent ice rink.
July 24, 2011
Susan Spano's article ["So You've Seen Paris," July 17] brought back wonderful memories. In 1995, we (my husband and another couple) rented a delightful apartment at 21 Rue du Cherche-Midi for a month. Big hotels were not yet part of that landscape. But tell me, is Poilâne still at No. 8 on Rue du Cherche-Midi? What a joy to buy a baguette or a lovely large boule at the best bakery in the world. Thanks for the memories. Shirley Porter Sunland Editor's note: There are several Poilâne bakeries in Paris, and the one on Rue du Cherche-Midi is still open.
February 8, 2011 |
It's 4 a.m., and an IT geek with scruffy blond hair called Bunny is sipping beer and swallowing chunks of bread dipped in cheese fondue. Other people are passing around joints, or just chilling ? literally. The dank room is not that cold, but wading through stone corridors flooded with gray water has left their clothes soaked. That's what happens when you have a middle-of-the-night picnic 65 feet under the streets of Paris. This night, about a dozen people have found their way here through a maze of tunnels, caverns and half-flooded passageways, stepping over a few skeletons and piles of ruins, some dating to the time when the Romans called the city Lutetia.
March 14, 2011
Vegas or Paris? This tower looks a little too shiny to be the famed Eiffel Tower of Paris, but c'est vrai . "The tower twinkles for five minutes on the hour and it is at that moment the photo was taken with a 12x zoom," says Times reader "GdashG75. " If you visit the City of Lights to see the Eiffel Tower, read our France guide . If you'd prefer to see the Sin City version, read our Vegas guide . Interested in feedback from Los Angeles Times photographers? Come join us at the L.A. Times Travel & Adventure Show March 19 and 20 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
August 11, 2013
FRANCE Presentation Join Adrian Kalvinskas and his family as they visit the famous and not-so-famous museums and monuments of Paris, and stroll through Montmartre and the Marais, and the Latin Quarter. Afterward, he will be on hand to answer questions about renting an apartment in Paris, traveling with children and train travel to destinations within easy reach of the city. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free.
February 13, 2011 |
Leaning his bearded chin against the long handle of a wooden hammer, Michelangelo Pistoletto appeared lost in contemplation as he gazed at a large, framed mirror at the "104 Centquatre" in northeastern Paris. While 200 people gathered round for a better look, Pistoletto suddenly walked to the other side of the room and slammed the hammer against a mirror there. He left a halo of shimmering cracks, and the group, giggling, followed the 77-year-old Italian artist around the room, while he smashed several more mirrors, as part of a program aimed at resuscitating the art center.
November 3, 2012 |
During a trip to Paris in September, Mary Resnick and her husband, Lawrence, visited the Musee d'Dorsay. Inside the art museum, hosted within a rail station built for the 1900 World's Fair, Resnick photographed this clock overlooking the Seine River. “The setting was surreal and thrilling,” she said. The West Los Angeles resident used an iPhone 4S. To submit your photos, click the upload button below. When you upload your photos, tell us where they were taken and when.
February 5, 2010 |
Stupid fun, "From Paris With Love" doesn't do much for Paris or love, or your brain cells, but it flies like a crazed eagle on uppers and comes from the talented, propulsive schlocketeer Pierre Morel. A former cinematographer who learned to light brutality stylishly under the tutelage of international violence impresario Luc Besson, Morel turns his kinetic eye to a tale (story by Besson, script by Adi Hasak) of a low-level spy and Paris embassy functionary, played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
September 5, 2010
Editor's note: Chris Erskine's Aug. 22 story, "The First Time I Saw Paris," elicited passionate reader response. We have a full column of letters. We were in Paris in June and agree with Erskine's article but want to add to the "musts. " Besides looking at the Moulin Rouge, try a walking tour of the Montmartre area on the hill above it. And take the train to Versailles; it's a short ride and a fabulous place to go for a local day trip. Judy Herbst, Beverly Hills I just returned in June from my second trip to Paris and read the Paris piece with horror.
September 19, 2013 |
Bake a little, eat a little and learn a lot about food, wine and French pastries in a class for English speakers offered by Paris-based Le Foodist. Participants learn the basics of authentic pastry skills in baking sessions that are part storytelling, part tasting and part technique. Sweet Stories at Le Foodist starts with the task of preparing pate-a-choux, the pastry used in eclairs, cream-puffs and the like. From there, it's making pastries, then sitting down to a tea to sample the creations.