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Kickstarting Tom’s Caravanserai project

September 7, 2010

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Some of you enjoyed a recent post about Tom’s photographs of Caravanserai through Syria, Lebanon and other parts of the Middle East. He is now working on a book and additional exhibitions, with a comprehensive show coming up at Art Lounge gallery in Beirut. You can support Tom’s book project with a small (or large) […]

London: Last minute Valentine’s specials

February 12, 2007

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by jnoelbell Valentine’s Day is a few days away – did you forget to make dinner reservations at the hottest restaurant? It’s a little too late for that now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still score some points in the romance department by being a little creative. From Masquerade Balls to exotic hothouses, champagne […]

Paris: East meets West

February 2, 2007

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by eye prefer paris I strolled over the Ile St. Louis to the Arab Institute to see the Venise et l’Orient exhibit. I’ve been intrigued by the exotic and inviting poster that’s been on the metro and the streets of Paris in the last few months. I thought a Tuesday in January would be a […]

Amsterdam: Who wants to be a millionaire?

January 4, 2007

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by sara bertoni

The Millionaire Fair is THE event in Amsterdam. The organizers shocked the Netherlands in 2002 by organizing an event unparalleled in luxury and size. 'A fairytale for the affluent, a cornucopia for culinary fans and a feast of superlatives', said the press.

Initiator Gijrath Media Groep, publisher of Miljonair Magazine, launched the idea for the Millionaire Fair on the basic theme of their magazine: 'The Luxury Lifestyle’ – and in 2003 the fair quadrupled in terms of size and numbers of visitors, this year over 40.000 with 210 exhibitors/participants.

For Dutch high-society members, the VIP night of the Millionaire Fair Amsterdam has become the most important event of the year, tickets over 300 euros, if you want to be with the stars.

London: Feast your eyes (Scrooge approved)

December 20, 2006

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by jnoelbell One of the fabulous things about London is their commitment to publicly accessible arts. What this means for the average person is that all major museums are free for all (donations suggested). In a city where a cappucino is nearly £3, a single tube ride as much as £4, and a curry takeway […]

Paris: Top 5 Things to Do in December

December 18, 2006

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by eye prefer paris Here’s my Top 5, Eye Need To Do’s this month: 1. Doisneau: Paris en Liberté Robert Doisneau’s “The Kiss at Hotel De Ville” is one of the most iconic and popular photos of Paris ever taken. A new exhibition of 280 of his black and white photos of Paris cityscapes is […]

Rome: Altar of Peace or an Eye-sore?

December 14, 2006

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by moscerina

"All he does is stand there!"
"Yeah, but it's the way he stands..."
-- Paul McCartney arguing with John Lennon about Stu Sutcliffe, in Backbeat


Every so often, I hear how ugly Richard Meier's home to the Ara Pacis (the Altar of Peace) is – what a mistake, it ruins the cityscape of Rome, it's too white. Blah blah blah…

First of all, the cityscape isn't ruined, it's a flat bed roof, low and hidden beneath Rome's domes. Second, it’s practically open. Sitting in lungotevere traffic, zipping by on motorino, chilling on the bus or just strolling, no matter what you get a direct peak at the Ara Pacis*, direct interaction with Augustus and Ancient Rome, just as it was originally planned 2000 years ago. Third, it's a contemporary building smack in the center of Rome which always sparks a beautiful, enriching and heated discussion of the confrontation between classical and contemporary architecture. Even if you think it sucks, you will still talk about it.