Luxuriously decorated and wonderfully preserved, there are few places in the world like Maxim's in Paris. Beautifully carved wood and period fittings make a meal here like a journey through time to a more civilised, more chic era.
After a shaky start at the end of the 19th Century, the restaurant soon became popular with actors, models and royalty. Legend has it that when the seating was changed at the end of the 1950s, the workmen doubled their pay with all the jewellery and rings they found trapped between the cushions and the wooden structure.
Pierre Cardin bought the restaurant in the 1980s, using the name to develop a worldwide franchise. The name Maxim's is now synonymous with chic and immortalised in numerous films and novels.
Lover of Art Nouveau may also like to know that the building also houses an interesting museum of objects and furniture from the era.
Collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Rejoice, Warhol and Lichtenstein's fans! Here's your opportunity to appreciate the work of these and other classic American pop artists.
The renowned Musee Maillol of Paris, France, is displaying the "Pop Art - Icons That Matter" exhibit in a showcase that takes place from now until January 21st, 2018.
These pieces will highlight the wit, whimsy, and cultural revolutions of the U.S. during the 60's and 70's, which makes it a prime opportunity for visitors to engage with the culture and values of both of these pivotal decades, with the focus on American consumerism.
Indeed, there was a sharp difference the budding trend of abstract expressionism and the "pop" art style -- an approach that offered a unique perspective on everyday American objects and concepts.
Although this collection of classics from respected artists of both decades is both dazzling and bold, bear in mind that irony and sarcasm are ultimately the driving force behind these famous pieces.