I thought it would be fun to do a “virtual tour” of the Napoleon III Apartments at the Louvre for anyone missing Paris right now. These apartments are a perfect example of the Louis XIV style of French opulence and splendor, which I could definitely use a dose of right now. Along with the Galerie d’Apollon, the Apartments are one of my favorite parts of the Louvre.
It’s no surprise that the Galerie d’Apollon is an iconic room in the Louvre – it’s gorgeous and historically very significant. Recently, the space underwent renovations thanks to Cartier. The goal was two-fold: to bring the full collection of French Crown Jewels back together and to clean and restore the fabulous paintings and stuccos in the room itself.
Paris is a wonderful place to celebrate Valentine’s Day no matter if you’re celebrating with a partner, a group of friends, family, or just yourself. My perfect Valentine’s Day in Paris looks a lot like a perfect day in Paris in February. So whether you’re celebrating love or just love for Paris, read on to see how I’d spend the day.
This week’s Five Friday Finds from France includes two cultural items, two food and drink items, and one future shopping and cultural event. If you know me, this sounds about right. I’m feeling pretty good about my museum count being at two for the first week of February – I need to keep up the pace. This week’s Five Friday Finds from France, in chronological order:
Hôtel de Lauzun is one of those mythical places you hear about in Paris – stunning, filled to the brim with history including former residents like Baudelaire, and almost impossible to get into and see. From the outside it looks like just about any other hôtel particulier on Île Saint-Louis, except for the wonderfully ornate dolphin-shaped gutters. But even then, there really isn’t an indication of how spectacular it is inside.