By Laura Medina
Spring has sprung, bring a new crop of trends.
When Spring sprung, it brought a new season.
Last year, it was British. Two years ago, it was Scandinavian. Now, France...the real, modern French culture is blooming unto its own, out of cliches and stereotypes.
Maybe because we started the year with the massacre of the staff of the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, the out-pouring of sympathies and support brought out the real Paris of today and the French principle of liberty and free speech...and basically having a good sense of humor about life.
The French are returning the love while busting cliches about what it means to be French and what is today's French culture.
Spring brings Rose wine from Provence. Instead of us traveling to Provence, Provence came to us with a bounty of refreshing Rose wine, easy to gulp; and the French have no problem with us gulping it with fresh and light fare to stuffed endive leaves and tidbits of grilled veggies which brings us to...
Atout Paris, a showcase of French hospitality by the French Tourism Development. That's not an oxymoron. Once they realize the world loves them, this showcase returns the love at SmogShop, an auto shop turned artsy-urban event venue.
Busting cliches while returning the favor, the French admit they love American Pop Culture. They brought a Parisian graffiti artist doing his version of an All-American art form that the French just fell in love with...graffiti turned abstract art by the public.
Obviously, what the francophiles, gastronomes, and epicureans are hungry for...the nouveau francais cuisine from Paris' hottest and "hautest" chef, Chef Antonin Bonnet.
Atout Paris, http://us.rendezvousenfrance.com/