On Saturday of my trip to Villefranche, there was torrential rain, so we decided to do an indoor activity. We took the train to glamorous Monte Carlo and went to the Oceanographic Museum, built on top of the mythical Rock of Monaco, a 459-foot tall monolith. It was named for the Ligurian tribes that occupied the area and was the first conquest of the royal Grimaldi family.
The impressive Beaux Arts style edifice used over 100,000 tons of stone and was inaugurated in 1910 by Prince Albert I. Jacques Cousteau was the director from 1957 to 1988.
We went downstairs to the aquariums, some of the oldest in the world, which have over 6,000 species of fish, from tropical to Mediterranean. Mesmerized by the colors, textures, and the unpredictable movements of the fish, we watched them for almost 90 minutes. We were also thrilled by the shark lagoon, a giant aquarium, six meters deep with 450,000 liters of salt water. Viewing the sharks from four different angles, we had the thrill of swimming with the sharks without the risk.
I am pleased as punch to announce the launch of Eye Prefer Paris Tours, which are 3-hour walking tours I will personally be leading. The Eye Prefer Paris Tour includes many of the places I have written about such as small museums & galleries, restaurants, cafes & food markets, secret addresses, fashion & home boutiques, parks, and much more.
Tours cost 210 euros for up to 3 people, and 70 euros for each additional person. I look forward to meeting you on my tours and it will be my pleasure and delight to show you my insiders Paris.
Check it out at www.eyepreferparistours.com
Click here to watch a video of our famous Marais tour
New! Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes
I am happy to announce the launch of Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes. Come take an ethnic culinary journey with me and chef and caterer Charlotte Puckette, co-author of the bestseller The Ethnic Paris Cookbook (with Olivia Kiang-Snaije). First we will shop at a Paris green-market for the freshest ingredients and then return to Charlotte's professional kitchen near the Eiffel Tower to cook a three-course lunch. After, we will indulge in the delicious feast we prepared along with hand-selected wines.
Cost: 185 euros per person (about $240)
Time: 9:30AM- 2PM (approximately 4 1/2 hours)
Location: We will meet by a metro station close to the market
Class days: Tuesday,Wednesday, Thursday,Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Minimum of 2 students, maximum 6 students.
Click here to sign up for the next class or for more info.
I am happy to announce the sale of a new set of prints of my Eye Prefer Paris Photos. I am offering 20 of my most popular and iconic images for sale including my doors, architectural details, statues, and monuments. They will make great gifts for all your Francophile friends, relatives, and colleagues but don't forget to buy some for yourself.
Click here to see photos and for full details including sizes, prices, and shipping. Here is a sample of some of the photos.