Un bel été en perspective à Monaco! A beautiful summer on the horizon in Monaco!

The Forbidden City comes to the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco this July, promising another spectacular summer exhibition to rival past editions.


Each year the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco takes us on a wonderful journey through history and art with its summer exhibition:  Moscow, Splendours of the Romanovs, Queens of Egypt, The Grace Kelly Years, and Art Lovers Stories of Art in the Pinault collection are just some of the more recent triumphs.

The 2017 edition will be no different, offering visitors a unique chance to immerse themselves in China’s rich past and get a glimpse into the extraordinary life of the country’s imperial life, as more than 250 artifacts from the Forbidden City will be on display from the 14th of July to the 10th of September.

The exhibitionThe Forbidden City in Monaco. Life of the Court of Emperors and Empresses of China”, jointly curated by Jean-Paul Desroches, Honorary General Curator, and Wang Yuegong, Director of the Imperial Court Life Department at the Forbidden City, will shed light on the mysterious life inside the world’s largest imperial palace, which the last imperial Chinese dynasty, the Qing (1644-1911), called home but which was off-limits to all but the emperor, his family and thousands of servants, including concubines and eunuchs.

 Located in the heart of Beijing and named as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987, the palace is a grandiose complex spanning approximately 727,000 square metres and made up of more than 980 buildings, as well as approximately 8,700 rooms. It became a museum in 1925, one year after Fu Yi, the Last Emperor, went into exile, and houses the largest collection of China’s imperial collections of paintings, ceramics, and decorative objects.

This summer in Monaco, visitors will be able to admire these national treasures, including portraits, ceremonial costumes, furniture, precious art objects and scientific instruments, straight from the Emperors’ former palace, as well as other masterpieces on loan from major European and American collections, including the Musée du Louvre in Paris and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

16 years after the Grimaldi Forum’s successful exhibit “China of the First Emperor”,the Principality is getting ready to once again celebrate all the splendour and magnificence of a civilization that still fascinates centuries later.

The Forbidden City in Monaco. Life of the Court of Emperors and Empresses of China”will take place from the 14th July to the 10th of September. Pre-sale tickets are currently available for purchase online for just €5.

Grimaldi Forum
10, avenue Princesse Grace
98000 Monaco

Tel: +377 99 99 20 00




Petit article sur mon récent voyage à Dubrovnik pour Riviera Buzz. Little article about my recent trip to Dubrovnik for Riviera buzz.


Whether you are a Game of Thrones fan or not, the southern Croatian city of Dubrovnik is a great place to visit and experience any time of year.

While wandering through the quaint medieval streets of Dubrovnik’s Old Town, it is hard to imagine that from 1991 to 1992 it was under a devastating siege by the Yugoslav army with 80% of the town being almost destroyed. Thanks to a major UNESCO-coordinated restoration program, the Pearl of the Adriatic as George Bernard Shaw called it, is now miraculously back to its former glory and has even recently become the setting of the fictional King’s Landing, the capital of the Seven Kingdoms realm, in the highly popular TV series Game of Thrones.

No need however to be a fan of the HBO hit production to be enchanted by this stunning city that became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979. A simple glance at its Renaissance fountains, baroque churches, monasteries, palaces, marble-paved squares or narrow cobblestone streets is enough to make you fall under its spell. As Shaw himself said “…Those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik.”


Probably one of the best way to appreciate the beauty of the city is to walk its sturdy stone walls, built between the 11th and 17th centuries, which surround the historic centre. And after that, if you still do no have your fill ofbreathtaking views, you can take the cable car up to Mount Srd, the mountain that looms over the city.

Dubrovnik is much more than just a magnificent place, it is also a vibrant and bustling city, a perfect place to enjoy the Mediterranean climate and its joyous art-de-vivre. While walking along Stradum, the main street, or exploring the little alleys, you will find lots of little stores, wine shops and restaurants, where you will find nice hand-made jewelry, taste some distilled-products from the Dalmatian region or enjoy seafood, cured hams or truffles.


While the city is a year-round destination, its clear blue sea, pristine beaches and quaint islands make it the ideal destination for the summer months. The only downside is that it can get extremely busy with the scores of tourists literally flooding the streets of the Old Town.

Croatia Airlines offers direct flights from Nice to Dubrovnik until the 2nd of November, 2015.