Women Who Shaped Paris

Women Who Shaped Paris

The second installment in a series about famous Americans who lived and died in Paris. Everyone knows how Isadora Duncan died. Her long silk scarf, caught up in the wheels of a speeding, open topped Amilcar...

First in a New Series about Famous Americans Who Lived and Died in Paris Innumerable American writers, artists and poets made Paris their home for months, even years at a time. (To name a few: Hemingway,...

If you have unlimited financial resources and fancy an extravagant but refined stay in Paris, you'll want to consider  the Pompadour Suite, which recently opened at Le Meurice, a palace hotel located across from the...
Mata Hari in 1910

"I am a woman who enjoys herself very much,” Mata Hari wrote from her cell, "sometimes I lose, sometimes I win” No other female spy has aroused as much curiosity as Mata Hari. Involved in...
Coco Chanel in 1920

Coco Chanel was known for many things – among them, her moxie and her quotable maxims: A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous. In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different. The most courageous...
Madame Récamier, by Jacques Louis David

Fashion condemns us to many follies; the greatest is to make oneself its slave. -- Napoleon Bonaparte. Throughout history, evolution within a society has been closely connected with the evolution of fashion. The social upheaval initiated...
Alias Olympia: A Woman’s Search for Manet’s Notorious Model and Her Own Desire

September is here and summer is gone – along with those long lazy days of vacation-beach book heaven. Ah – to escape once more into a juicy adventure set in Paris (and plan for...

At the heart of many of Édouard Manet’s paintings is a ginger-haired woman that, although not identical from picture to picture, turns out to be the same model. The nudes in the French painter’s...
Designer Sonia Rykiel in 2009

The fashion world has lost an icon, a pionner and an artist. Credit : Dominique Issermann A photo posted by Sonia Rykiel (@soniarykiel) on Sep 1, 2016 at 12:45am PDT There’s something special about powerful women...

I’d like to pay tribute to a woman who was not a sign of her time, but a sign of times to come. She was the first woman in France ever to receive...

Sometimes we are drawn to a place because of what we hear about those who lived there. This week we celebrate Women’s Day and, with travel in mind, I thought of the great women...

  Le Jardin du Luxembourg in the heart of Paris is a pure delight any time of the year and is the second largest park in Paris. A thick forest surrounds the back of the...