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Les Jardins d’Etretat: A Historic Restoration by Alexander Grivko

June 22, 2023 in Travel & Destinations

Les Jardins d’Etretat is a remarkable garden nestled in the town of Étretat, Normandy. It was lovingly restored in 2016, on the site of the existing garden of the Villa Roxelane, which dates back to 1905. This restoration, covering an area of 1.5 hectares, was achieved in record time, less than a year and a half. The park's design was inspired by the first French oyster farm of Marie-Antoinette, located at the foot of the Étretat garden in the waters of La Manche. Today, Les Jardins d’Etretat is recognized as one of the "Great Gardens of the World".

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Prada Group Revamps Historic Italian Café Principe in Forte dei Marmi

July 9, 2023 in Travel & Destinations

The picturesque Italian resort of Forte dei Marmi welcomes the revitalization of Café Principe, an iconic gathering place dating back to the late 1930s. After extensive restoration by the Prada Group, the café - originally established by the Florentine Galli family - has reopened its doors to locals and tourists alike, offering a stylish refuge inspired by the "dolce vita" era.

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The Long-Awaited Restoration of Notre-Dame-de-Paris: A Journey Down the Seine

July 13, 2023 in Travel & Destinations

A historic moment for one of the world's most famous cathedrals, Notre-Dame-de-Paris, is unfolding as the much-anticipated restoration of its wooden roof structure commences. The timber beams, derived from 200-year-old Breton oaks, have been transported along the Seine river, mirroring the route taken during the original construction of the iconic Parisian edifice.

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The Ongoing Restoration of Versace Designer Ashley Fletcher's 16th Century Italian Villa

July 16, 2023 in Design & Décor

Versace designer, Ashley Fletcher, has been immersed in an ongoing labor of love for the past eight years, intricately restoring his 16th-century villa located in Piedmont, Italy.

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Notre-Dame de Paris Gets a Makeover by French Designer Guillaume Bardet

July 30, 2023 in Travel & Destinations

The Notre-Dame de Paris, one of the world's most iconic cathedrals, is slated for a major restoration, set to be completed by the end of 2024. The restoration will incorporate a new design by French designer Guillaume Bardet, who has created a cohesive ensemble of interior elements that includes an altar, cathedra, seats, baptistery, and tabernacle.

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Reviving Klimt's Lost Masterpieces through AI: A Collaboration between Google Art & Culture and Belvedere Museum

Aug. 7, 2023 in Arts & Culture

In an incredible application of artificial intelligence, Google Art & Culture, in collaboration with Vienna's Belvedere Museum, has breathed life back into the black-and-white photographs of Gustav Klimt's lost masterpieces. Through a specially designed neural network, the project has colourised the pictures of the missing artwork based on the artist's style.

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Santiago Calatrava’s St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Illuminates New York City

Sept. 1, 2023 in Travel & Destinations

In an incredible oversight, many might have missed the opening of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church near the World Trade Center in New York City last December. Designed by celebrated architect Santiago Calatrava, this remarkable edifice stands as an aesthetic and spiritual marvel in the heart of the city. As they say, better late than never, and the architectural wonder is definitely worth the attention.

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Paris Opera Unveils a Bold New Look with Artist JR Collaboration

Sept. 6, 2023 in Travel & Destinations

Starting today until September 25th, passersby at the Paris Opera are in for an unexpected visual treat. In collaboration with renowned artist JR, the opera house has transformed its façade into a piece of public art, marking the first in a series of works that will be featured on the building as it undergoes restoration.

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Charlotte Gainsbourg Completes Restoration of Serge Gainsbourg's Historic Home; Opens It as a Museum

Sept. 14, 2023 in Travel & Destinations

In an exclusive interview with M Le Magazine, actress and singer Charlotte Gainsbourg, donned in Saint Laurent, reveals that she has completed a multi-year restoration of her father Serge Gainsbourg's historic Parisian apartment. Situated at 5 bis Rue de Verneuil, the home where the iconic musician lived until his death in 1991, has been transformed into a museum that will open its doors to the public on September 20th.

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The Grand Opening of Raffles London at The OWO: Where History Meets Luxury

Sept. 15, 2023 in Travel & Destinations

Mark your calendars, travel enthusiasts and history buffs! September 29th will witness the unveiling of one of this year’s most anticipated hotel projects: Raffles London at The OWO.

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Kintsugi: Embracing Imperfections with the Art of Golden Repair

Feb. 4, 2024 in Arts & Culture

Kintsugi, or Kintsukuroi, is a poignant and beautiful form of Japanese art that goes beyond mere ceramic repair. This centuries-old technique involves mending broken pottery with lacquer derived from the sap of the urushi tree, which is then mixed with precious metals such as gold, silver, or platinum. However, Kintsugi is much more than a method of restoration; it's a profound philosophical statement about life, resilience, and beauty.

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