Category Archives: Architecture

Vent fort

We really enjoy living in the greater Boston area. There are so many things to see and do. Recently, we visited Ventfort Hall in Lenox, Massachusetts and stayed for a holiday afternoon tea. America’s Gilded Age was the period between … Continue reading

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La Verrière

Later this month, on October 27, the Fondation Louis Vuitton will open its doors in the Bois de Boulogne. Architect Frank Gehry was commissioned by LVMH chairman and CEO Bernard Arnault to create an appropriate setting for the Foundation’s extensive art … Continue reading

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Un mécénat

Just before heading back home, I got to tick something important off my bucket-list – the newly restored 18th-Century Decorative Arts Galleries at the Louvre. The galleries have been closed since 2005 during the multi-million dollar renovation, which was overseen … Continue reading

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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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