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Redentore Festival fireworks from the Gritti Palace Hotel, Venezia.

Redentore Venice’s magical lagoon illuminated by a fountain of fireworks to celebrate the Redentore Festival

Redentore festival fireworks from the Gritti Palace, Venezia. See History of the  Venice yearly Redentore Festival in a feature below, please scroll down……..



Macron & Trump Coups de Maitres as President Trump is President Macron’s Guest of Honour at France ‘s 14th July National Day procession on the Champs Elysees. In the midst of so many political considerations this was a master stroke. The traditional defile went with impressive military precision.

Bastille Day 14th July Stunning photo by Philippe Wojazer, copyright Reuters. Selected by the Sunday Times as their image of the week. We agree, the US air force Thunderbirds display team flies over the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. PHOTO COPYRIGHT PHILIPPE WOJAZER REUTERS

President Macron & President Trump accompanied by their spouses watching the traditional 14th July defile.on the Champs Elysees 2017

Garde Republicaine Defile 14 Juillet Paris Champs Elysees 2017

The Drapeaux/Flags:  the Tricouleur & the Stars & Stripes on the Champs Elysees. 2017




Damien Hirst Venice. Exclusive photos from the Punta Della Dogana Damien Hirst exhibition. Fascinating exhibition in a magnificent setting. With thanks to the Pinault Collection. Go if you can……

Damien Hirst Punta de la Dogana Venice

Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst Venice

Damien Hirst Venice

Damien Hirst “Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable” at Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana, Venice
We feature exclusive photos from the Punta Della Dogana exhibition.
– Punta della Dogana – Pinault Collection presents “Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable”. It is the first major solo exhibition dedicated to Damien Hirst in Italy since the 2004 retrospective at the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples (“The Agony and Ecstasy”) and is curated by Elena Geuna, curator of the monographic shows dedicated to Rudolf Stingel (2013) and Sigmar Polke (2016) presented at Palazzo Grassi.
The exhibition is displayed across 5,000 square meters of museum space and marks the first time that Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana, the two Venetian venues of the Pinault Collection, are both dedicated to a single artist.
Damien Hirst’s most ambitious and complex project to date, “Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable” has been almost ten years in the making. Exceptional in scale and scope, the exhibition tells the story of the ancient wreck of the ship Unbelievable and presents what was discovered of its precious cargo: the impressive collection of Aulus Calidius Amotan, a freed slave better known as Cif Amotan II, destined to the legendary temple dedicated to the Sun.
The exhibition highlights the longstanding relationship shared by the artist and the Pinault Collection. A key artist for the Collection, Damien Hirst’s work has previously been exhibited at Palazzo Grassi, where it featured in the museum’s 2006 inaugural exhibition “Where Are We Going?”. With “Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable”, the Pinault Collection accompanies the British artist in making a dream come true by opening both Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana, allowing the artworks to establish a dialogue between the two exhibitions spaces.
The 2017 exhibition is part of a calendar of monographic shows dedicated to major contem- porary artists – Urs Fischer (2012), Rudolf Stingel (2013), Martial Raysse (2015) and Sigmar Polke (2016) – alternating with thematic exhibitions of works from the Pinault Collection.
at Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana, Venice
until 3 December 2017

Redentore Venice Fireworks Festival and Traditional Street Markets week end of 15/16th July 2017

Redentore Venice’s magical lagoon illuminated by a fountain of fireworks to celebrate the Redentore Festival

Redentore Venice

On the third Saturday and Sunday of each July, Venice celebrates the Redentore Festival, or Festa del Redentore. Venetians also refer to the festival as “The Famous Night of Fireworks.” Still another reference to the festival is known as Redeemer Day.

Whatever one would call it, this wonderful Venetian festival signifies the end of the1557  plague in Venice  and is deemed as one of the most disastrous plagues in Venetian history. 50,000 Venetians died from this plague, including the famous Italian painter, Tiziano Vecellio. It is also the oldest, most consistently celebrated festival in Venetian history.

The Festa del Redentore, or Redeemer Day, features vivid pyrotechnics displayed over the water.  The fireworks take place the night prior to the Redentore Festival amidst decorated Venetian boats where visitors and residents can dine. Venetians also admire the fireworks from their decorated wooden terraces and on rooftops.

The Zattere, which denotes “raft” in Italian, dates back to 1519 (before the plague) when it was first constructed as a landing dock for timber delivery and ship and building construction. The spacious waterfront walkway is adjacent to the southern shore from the Marittima and San Basilio on to the Punta della Dogana. The Island of Giudeca is directly south. The splendid Redentore Church and Giudeca Island are clearly visible while walking along the Zattere.

Andrea Palladio was commissioned to build the majestic church on the Island of Giudecca.

Whilst the first stone of the church was laid, a temporary wooden church was erected on the third Sunday of July. A long, floating walkway united San Marco Square and the Giudecca Island (from the Zattere) which was built on hundreds of pontoons. In the 16th Century, the Doge and local dignitaries led survivors along the walkway to give thanks to the end of the plague at the temporary church.

Each year (and for centuries—in fact, to present day), army barge bridges have been built between Guidecca Island and the Zattere for the Redentore Festival. The centuries-old solemn yet majestic Venetian church built in honor of the end of the horrific plague is known as the II Redentore.

As time went on, the processions to the Redentore Church lessened and they were replaced by less somber activities like the Festa del Redentore. Typical with all popular Venice festivals, the traditional activities of the Redentore include street markets which sell local Venetian foods and fresh produce, and a charity raffle run by the Redentore Church patronage. These take place beginning on the third Sunday morning on Giudecca Island near the famed church.

And any traditional Venice festival would not be a true celebration without a regatta, which is comprised of Venetian rowing races that are held along the Giudecca Canal, also on that third Sunday morning of July. Religious celebrations are held throughout the day during the Redentore Festival in Venice.


BREXIT et al. Joint Declaration of Paris EUROPLACE and Frankfurt Main Finance on Euro Clearing. July 12th 2017. Courtesy of Official Press Release from Europlace. With Thanks.

Joint Declaration of Paris EUROPLACE and Frankfurt Main Finance
on Euro Clearing
Paris/Frankfurt am Main – The United Kingdom is leaving the European Union and will in all likelihood lose access to the common market. In light of this, Frankfurt Main Finance and Paris EUROPLACE jointly request the concerned European authorities to consider some fundamental principles regarding future oversight of Euro Clearing:
Central counterparties are key to managing risk for investors. These robust structures are essential drivers of trust in the financial ecosystem.
As a concentrator of risk, CCPs are systemic. In times of crisis, a diverse ecosystem of CCPs plus a clear, manageable resolution process are key prerequisites to preserving stability.
In the case of resolution, the EU Supervisors and the resolution authority must be able to expeditiously reach the appropriate decisions necessary to fully protect European financial security, including its monetary policy constraints in a way that shields European tax payers from potential losses.
In that context, day to day risk monitoring is crucial. It necessitates easy access to information by European supervisors, as well as efficient conditions for access to central bank liquidity based on a one-step decision making process.
The legal framework in which the CCP operates must be EMIR equivalent and the CCP should fall under the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.
Frankfurt Main Finance and Paris EUROPLACE urge the responsible European authorities to clarify their position without delay and by doing so, bolster certainty in this systemically relevant pillar of the European financial system.

Paris EUROPLACE is the organisation in charge of developing and promoting the Paris Financial Marketplace and the French financial industry internationally. It brings together all financial industry stakeholders; its 400+ members include issuers, investors, banks and financial intermediaries, insurance companies, attorneys and accountants, consulting firms, etc. The association is chaired by Gérard Mestrallet, Chairman of the Board of ENGIE.
LinkedIn: Paris EUROPLACE
Twitter: @europlace

About Frankfurt Main Finance
Frankfurt Main Finance is the voice of the leading financial centre in Germany and the euro zone, Frankfurt am Main. The initiative has more than 45 members including the State of Hesse, the cities of Frankfurt and Eschborn, and dozens of prominent actors in the finance sector. Through their membership and engagement, they all demonstrate their close relationship to Frankfurt and desire to position Frankfurt amongst the top domestic and international financial centres. Frankfurt Main Finance leverages the influence of its members to advocate for the Financial Centre Frankfurt and provide high-caliber dialogue platforms. For more about Frankfurt Main Finance and its members, please visit

Edouard Philippe French Prime Minister, nominated by President Macron, gives important key note speech at EUROPLACE Financial Conference 11th July 2017

Brexit, la dynamique de la Place de Paris s’accélère
This tuesday 11th July 2017 on the occasion of the Rencontres Internationales de Paris EUROPLACE, the French Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, gave a vigorous keynote speech underlining the various fiscal initiatives that the new French Government are putting in place to make Paris an even more attractive financial platform in the European Union block. The French feel that they can poach some of the City of London’s dominance.

Stuart Gulliver Director General HSBC Holding  participated at the conference, as did Jamie Dimon, President of J.P.Morgan Chase, and Frederic Oudea, Chairman of the Societe Generale.

2500 participants from over 50 countries attended the Forum.

Gerard Mestrallet heads up EUROPLACE which was created some years ago to promote Paris a strong Financial Centre.

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VINGTSTGERMAINDESPRESVARENNECheerful Susie knows Paris as well as any Parisienne, & will find you a marvellous apartment in Paris to let or to buy.

Image Saint German des Pres, Varenne. courtesy Vingt Paris

Chanel Haute Couture under an emblematic Eiffel Tower, installed under the glass dome of the 19th century Grand Palais. As we remember Robert Delaunay’s colourful Paris.

Delaunay Eiffel Tower

Robert Delaunay

Chanel’s Haute Couture for winter 2017/2018

Paris July 4th 2017 an enormous replica of the emblematic Eiffel Tower was erected inside the 19th century glass domed Grand Palais, just off the Champs Elysees in the heart of Paris. Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel Haute Couture collection was shown. Boucle tweed suits moved into satin and taffeta ball gowns. Navy, large pearls, tweed hats &  the famous two tone shoe that  has morphed into an over the knee patent boot with block perspex heels,…..reminiscent of the Charles Jourdan shoes of the 1960’s




Caravaggio wins at Royal Ascot sensational race caught on camera by Pete Mooney. 23rd June 2017


23 June 2017; CARAVAGGIO, Ryan Moore up, winning The Commonwealth Cup at Ascot. © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

23 June 2017; CARAVAGGIO, Ryan Moore up, winning The Commonwealth Cup at Ascot. © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

23 June 2017; CARAVAGGIO, Ryan Moore up, winning The Commonwealth Cup at Ascot. © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

23 June 2017; The winning connections with CARAVAGGIO after they had won The Commonwealth Cup at Ascot. © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

Highland Reel exciting finish caught by Irish Photographer Pete Mooney. Royal Ascot 21st June 2017

21 June 2017; Ryan Moore drives HIGHLAND REEL, left, to a decisive success over Decorated Knight, Andrea Atzeni up, second right, and Ulysses, Jim Crowley up, right, in The Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Ascot. © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

Highland Reel exciting finish caught  by Irish photographer Pete Mooney in an exclusive photo.  Royal Ascot 21st June 2017

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ParkHyattMendozaCasinoAdventure in one of the World’s most fascinating regions, Latin America.

Hyatt Hotel Park, Mendoza. Argentina. To the east of the Andes,  600 miles (1000 kms) west of Buenos Aires, 1 hour 45 minutes by plane.

Hosts one of Latin America’s most successful & popular Gambling Casinos & a  State of the Art Spa .

The city of Mendoza is set in the rolling vineyards & olive groves of the Mendoza region of Argentina,with views of the snow capped Andes. A comfortable hotel in a famous  building, one of  the most impressive of the exciting city hotels, in Argentina, the Park Hyatt Mendoza has a prize location on the beautiful & historic Plaza Independencia.

The Plaza Park hotel  is a subtle combination of the new and the old. The protected facade of the old building has been maintained, the inside gutted to install a modern interior.

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ARQANA11Race horse Yearling auctions, by the Deauville beaches……2 hours from Paris, France.

Image courtesy Arqana.

Auction calendar available.

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Pan American Bloodstock Conference being organised in 2015.

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