paris Archive

  • Musee Rodin – Paris

    Auguste Rodin strolled the spacious gardens at the Hotel Biron Villa, which he rented in 1908 and lived with his mistress and collaborator, Camille Claudel. In the heart of Paris, the Villa is now the Rodin museum.  The collection includes some of the sculptor’s best works […]

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  • The Opera House in Paris

    In 1669, Louis XIV founded the Opera in Paris. Today you can tour the most opulent Opera House designed by Charles Garnier in 1860 on the order of Napoleon III during the great Parisian reconstruction project orchestrated by Baron Haussmann.  The Opera House took fifteen […]

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  • Window Shopping on the Rue Saint-Honore

    Just back from France—here’s the scoop! Window shopping on the rue Saint- Honore The scene on the streets of Paris is a return of the ‘70’s— off the shoulder dresses, low waist blouses, soft flowing skirts and peasant blouses in white or calico prints.   Platform […]

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  • Artistic Luxury at the Legion of Honor – Faberge, Tiffany, Lalique

    In 1900 the three world’s greatest designers of luxury goods displayed their creations at the Exposition Universelle in Paris and left an impact on the world with their innovation of unique art.  Paris became known as the “City of Lights” when the Eiffel Tower was […]

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  • Cartier & America at the Legion of Honor Continued...

    Legion of Honor Continued…

    The 1920’s changed women’s lifestyles and attitudes with a loud roar.  Women became athletic and counted their calories.  They cut their hair short, threw off the corsets and wore long slinky dresses. During the period from 1918-1937 Cartier was the world leader in creating fine […]

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  • Hope Diamond New Setting

    The Hope Diamond

    Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Hope Diamond at the Smithsonian Institute. When I saw the Hope Diamond at the Smithsonian, I was surprised.  I had expected to see a bright Robin”s Egg-blue colored  diamond sparkling in the showcase–instead, there was a large, hauntingly steel […]

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