Notebook: Travel

Poolside in Paris

Paris isn’t a typical choice for a pool holiday, but now the Piscine Molitor has reopened, we’re packing our togs and crying Allons-y. The legendary Art Deco pool first opened in 1929, and was an instant sensation. Olympic gold medallist and Tarzan actor Johnny Weismuller was a lifeguard there, fake beaches and skating rinks entertained guests, and Louis Réard’s bikini made its first ever splash in the pool in 1946. It’s also the namesake of Piscine “Pi” Patel from The Life of Pi. Despite its opulent architecture and glamorous beginnings, Molitor fell into disrepair in 1989, becoming a magnet for graffiti artists and illegal raves. Now spruced up and back to its former glory, the pool has re-opened to guests of the Molitor boutique hotel. Rooms from €240 per night; www.mltr.fr/en.

This story appears in the July/August issue of The Gloss. Find more features like this in next issue, out Saturday September 6

Notebook: Art

Bringing Home The Bacon

Two months ago, Francis Bacon’s triptych painting of his lover George Dyer smashed auction records by pulling in a cool d60 million. Clearly the Dublin-born artist continues to hold a strong fascination more than 20 years after his death. A new institute in Monaco, the Francis Bacon MB Art Foundation, will devote itself to the study of Bacon’s intense paintings and fascinating life. Artworks from across the spectrum of Bacon’s illustrious career will be supplemented by a photographic archive; graphic works and even rare items from the artist’s dalliance with furniture and rug design, are all included in the Foundation’s impressive collection. Bacon resided in Monaco in the 1940s and 1950s, returning regularly throughout his life. Its influence on his life and art was powerful, so the gorgeous Villa Elise on Boulevard d’Italie is a prime location for this non-profit research hub. It launches in autumn; www.mbartfoundation.com.

This story appears in the July/August issue of The Gloss. Find more features like this in next issue, out Saturday September 6