A few of my images were published in the French pavilion catalogue for Laure Prouvost’s exhibition, which my dear friend Martha Kirszenbaum curated. Two great reasons to go back to Venice and attend the inauguration of the 58th Venice Biennale. I had not been back for about 11 years (or 15?) – needless to say it had been quite some time. It was so wonderful rediscovering the city with fresh eyes after having done quite a bit of growing. Venice is simply gorgeous, even though overrun by tourists. The lifestyle there was sort of a punch in the face: Venetians can be found at any time of the day or night at their local osteria enjoying tartines and a glass of wine or spritz. I dare to say that these people have mastered the art of living and resist the ubiquitous capitalist culture quite well. They embrace slow life, disregard material belongings to favor experiences, refuse performance and productivity, all of which contribute to better appreciating life and the passing of time. Overall a very different clock than the one I’ve been on for many years now. This allowed me to reconnect with my European roots, realizing I was French after all, and proud of this heritage in my DNA. Back in the U.S. I’m now trying to find ways to slow my daily life, which can be challenging on so many different levels. Anyhow, here are a few addresses, go and enjoy! Also grab a Louis Vuitton city guide if you can; a friend of mine had it and it seemed to have a great selection of addresses.

STAY (€€)
Lion Morosini Palace

EAT & DRINK (€–€€)
Bar All’ Arco
Bar Pasticceria Ballarin
Estro - Vino e Cucina
Adriatico Mar
Cantine del Vino Già Schiavi
Osteria Al Squero
Osteria Alle Testiere
Enoteca Mascareta
Al Mascaron
Wine Bar 5000
Al Covo
Osteria Alla Staffa

DO (€–€€)
Arsenale della Biennale di Venezia
Giardini della Biennale
Punto della Dogana
Grassi Palace
Gallerie dell’Accademia
Collezione Peggy Guggenheim
Squero di San Trovaso
Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute
Bridge of Sighs
Doge’s Palace
Library Biblioteca Nazionale
Basilica di San Marco
T Fondaco dei Tedeschi
Cimitero di San Michele
Scuola Grande di San Rocco
Palazzo Mocenigo