I try to schedule my visits to blockbuster exhibitions to odd hours during the week to avoid the crowds. Jardins d’Orient at Institut du Monde Arabe received a lot of advance buzz with billboards plastered in the metro and the streets.
I went late morning during the week two weeks ago and still found a long line to enter. The show is about the history of oriental gardens with over 300 articles including drawings, blueprints, photos, and scale models. Well-known gardens such as The Hanging Gardens of Babylon at the recent al-Azhar Park in Cairo and the Alhambra in Granada, Spain are referenced in the show.
Between the dim lighting,making it difficult see the small photos and blueprints and the overcrowding, I quickly moved through the exhibit. It was one of the first beautiful sunny days this spring and I was anxious to view the ephemeral garden especially designed for the exhibit by landscape artist Michel Pena and executed by Francois Abelanet. It’s a newly re-imagined and updated version of the classic Oriental gardens of the past using modern day technology and sustainability . There’s a café serving light middle eastern fare including sandwiches and desserts. If you are in Paris and it’s a nice day out don’t miss going into the garden to have lunch and relax among the palm trees and inhale the scent of fresh jasmin.
Till September 25
Institut du Monde Arabe
1 Rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard, 75005
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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.
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