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Easter and its garden egg hunt is one of the favorite time for children. For the older, the Easter weekend is synonymous with getaway. This year, Le Collectionist proposes a selection of villas, perfect to share special family time...

In the heart of Saint-Tropez, Provencal Villa Augustine is the ideal pied-à-terre for Easter holidays. Surrounded by a vast 5000-square-meter park, the Occitan nature will be the perfect playing field for the chocolate hunt.

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In a completely different style, Villa Dino impresses thanks to its large areas: it welcomes up to 20 occupancy. Designed for big families, this old farm renovated in a contemporary style is composed of three houses, so the intimacy of guests is well preserved. They are surrounded by a lush garden: cypress trees, stone pines, olive trees and palm trees spill along the paths. But they all lead to the heart of the house: the large pool, well-conceived for the whole family with a small bathing area for children. Happy hours are waiting for you at Villa Dino...

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But if you prefer the air of the North of France, Deauville and its huge beaches will promise you a veritable relaxing moment. On the beach, Villa Monet is the perfect place to recharge batteries during a weekend. This majestic house offers an incredible sea view, it is a traditional place with comfortable and warm interiors. A little paradise...

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This year, Fauchon plunges us into the universe of the "Douanier Rousseau" and invites us to live an exotic journey to celebrate Easter. Henri Rousseau, expert in naïve art, was reputed for his paintings showing jungle landscapes, by using multiple touches of bright colors blending into a luxurious flora.

Fauchon proposes his Easter creations: the Oeuf Paon, Pâquissime or the Oeuf Royal. Their origin can be found in the most beautiful colors of the famous painter: pink, fushchia or blue colors accompanied by multiple reflections. This year, the Easter Fauchon chocolates are decorated with the most beautiful tints a peacock can offer.

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As for Pierre Hermé, he found inspiration in a completly different kind of art: metal sculpture. For Easter, the French pastry chef offers us an incredibly colorful creation and on top of that a tribute to the Swiss artist Beat Zoderer: "the Oeuf Supramat d'après Beat Zoderer".

Mentioned as the "Picasso de la pâtisserie" by Vogue magazine in 2008, Pierre Hermé engages himself in a true exercice in chocolate style. Colored chocolate strips with citrus fruits, red berries and spices flavours are intertwined around a pure origin Brazilian dark chocolate eggshell.

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Art, culture, tradition: Café Pouchkine is no exception to the rule. The house proposes a journey to Russia with the Oeuf Hermitage. Honouring the Hermitage museum of Saint-Petersbourg, this creation signed Damien Piscioneri is ornamented with gildings such as in the museum and decorated and painted in keeping Slav traditions. Filled with truffles and chocolate pralines, this work will delight the eyes and the taste buds to celebrate one of the most important moment of the Christian calendar.

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Icon, legend, sex symbol. Whatever term is used, Brigitte Bardot is the personification of Saint-Tropez in the collective imagination.

Enamoured with the lovely fishermen town since childhood - at that time her parents owned a house called La Miséricorde in the highest part of Saint-Tropez - the young model bought her own pied-à-terre in 1958. Called La Madrague, the place was at first a boatyard away from prying eyes thanks to canisses and bamboos.

Then, the actress never left St-Tropez and was the focus of all the discussions in the village…

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At her place at La Madrague.

A beach house in the Cannoubiers Bay, which was a real peaceful heaven for her, but also the place to be for partying in Saint-Tropez in the 1960's.

One night, the playboy Gunter Sachs who was totally in love with the actress, poured from an helicopter a shower of rose petals to declare his love.

Brigitte Bardot declared later about La Madrague: "Every evening, every night, laugh was the priority".

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The filming which takes place in the village offers to the spectators splendid shots of the old Saint-Tropez of the 1950's: the famous Pampelonne beaches, the countless vineyards or the harbour which did not know yet the yachts and sailboats of the billionaires.

It is during a lunch break that BB made a surprising encounter: the Polish pastry chef Alexandre Micka, to whom to actress suggested to rename one of his specialities "La Tarte Tropézienne". Nowadays, well-known and loved by all, you can savor it with a fresh glass of rosé and by preference on the St-Tropez harbour…

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At sea, aboard her Riva Aquarama, at that time rechristened Nounours by her husband Sami Frey.

And if you feel the need to turn yourself into BB during a summer time in Saint-Tropez, choose the Villa Scali, completely renovated by the French architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, whose atmosphere will with no doubt remind you the spirit of La Madrague…

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This week-end, rendez-vous in Paris at the Grand Palais for the 5th edition of the Saut Hermès, one of the most prestigious Grand Prix horse show.

The best riders of the world and their horses are expected in one of the most important cultural and artistic Parisian places: the Grand Palais. Built in 1900 for the Universal Exhibition in Paris, the Grand Palais was at first for equestrian competitions and it became rapidly a popular spot for the Parisian elite from 1901 to 1957.

Horse carriage competitions, speed contests, show jumping and big names, such as Pierre Jonquières d’Oriolase, have succeeded one another under its unique glass roof for more than 50 years.

In 2010, after a 53-year-break, the Grand Palais brings up the equestrian art. A high-level competition, granted 5-star status by the classification of the French equestrian Federation and by the International Federation for Equestrian Sports.

More than 4000 people are expected this week-end in the grandstands set up around the track to attend to the 9 trials including the Grand Prix Hermès, the Saut Hermès or the Talents Hermès, which reward the young guard promised to a bright future.

The 35 international biggest horse riders will be fighting these prizes and beyond them, the German Ludger Beebaum, who will put back his title. Also, there will be talented Swiss riders such as Steve Guerdat, or French one like Patrice Delaveau, Kevin Staut or Penelope Leprevost.

Since its creation, the big Hermès house made itself known by making saddles and saddlery. A historic reminder to pay tribute to a family and to a unique and timeless house.

Keep a close watch on these 3 festives days to pay homage to equestrian sport in one of the most beautiful city in the world.

More information here.

Marilyn’s favorite cocktail

Once upon a time in Hollywood, there was a place to see and to be seen:

The Romanoff’s Restaurant.

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The director Mike Romanoff got famous in Hollywood with a funny lie: he claimed he was the nephew of Tsar Nicholas II while he was only an unknown Lithuanian pant presser called Harry Gerguson.

With his false Oxford accent, his brown moustache, his walking stick and especially his incomparable social skills, he opened his restaurant on Rodeo Drive. He rapidly became famous in Beverly Hills: he hired a French chef, delivered gargantuan menus, delicious drinks and that was the recipe for his success.

All Hollywood went there for years, especially in the fifties: it became one of the best restaurant in Beverly Hills. A place possessed by a certain mystery with the beginning of the original “Rat Pack” group including Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Sid Luft, Judy Garland, Katharine Hepburn and Frank Sinatra. It was also there that Jayne Mansfield shocked Sophia Loren with her sexy dress or when Myrna Loy and her husband celebrated their divorce. A place of thousand stories…

Parties were also organized in the honor of the one & only Marilyn Monroe - the Romanoff’s restaurant was actually her favorite in L.A.

With such a success, it was inevitable that Mike Romanoff would not have his own cocktail. Considered as an ancestor to the classic Cosmopolitan, it is a combination of trendy ingredients and ruthless power.

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1 teaspoon Cointreau
  • 1 teaspoon apricot liqueur
  • 1 ounce lime juice

Shake all the ingredients with cracked ice and here you are, back in the fifties, in the old and groovy Beverly Hills !

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