Category Archives: Architecture


After having explored all the sights of Nancy, I went to Metz for a day trip. Metz (pronounced mess in French), was German territory between 1871 and 1918 and then again during World War II. Nancy was on the other … Continue reading

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Les Incontournables

Well, my time in Nancy is drawing to a close. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this largely overlooked little gem. Seriously, among my French and Francophile friends and acquaintances, I know only one who has been here, and he was born here … Continue reading

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Remise en neuf

The House of Dior is going to restore the Queen’s House at le Hameau, the hamlet on the grounds behind le Petit Trianon, Marie Antoinette’s residence at Versailles. This is where she and her ladies-in-waiting played milkmaid, inspired by Rousseau’s … Continue reading

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À cheval donné, on ne regarde pas la denture

The story begins in 1829. The viceroy of Egypt, Mehemet-Ali, wanted to thank France for the aid of engineers sent by King Louis-Philippe. What’s the appropriate gift for helping to modernize a country? Well, how about a couple of ancient … Continue reading

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Le Mobilier national

It’s the largest of the Loire Valley châteaux. It’s also one of the emptiest. The Château de Chambord, architectural marvel of the Renaissance, will soon regain its former allure, thanks to a partnership with Le Mobilier national. Le Mobilier national … Continue reading

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Un Clocheton

The Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye has had a l-o-n-g history, so it’s no wonder that it’s currently getting a facelift. The oldest parts date to the 12th century and in the 20th century, it housed the German Army headquarters, so it’s understandable … Continue reading

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Réaliser un rêve

Anyone who knows me personally or through this blog knows that I long for my own Paris apartment. The logistics of finding, buying, and renovating one are rather daunting, however (not to mention the 2 or 3 million euros required … Continue reading

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