Galerie d’Apollon and the French Crown Jewels

Galerie d’Apollon and the French Crown Jewels

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.

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My Perfect Valentine’s Day in Paris

My Perfect Valentine’s Day in Paris

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.

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Five Friday Finds from France: February 7th

Five Friday Finds from France: February 7th

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:

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Hôtel de Lauzun: Stunning Hôtel Particulier on l’Île Saint-Louis

Hôtel de Lauzun: Stunning Hôtel Particulier on l’Île Saint-Louis

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.

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Da Vinci Exposition at the Louvre

Da Vinci Exposition at the Louvre

One of the must-see expositions in Paris right now is Da Vinci at the Musée du Louvre. The exposition opened October 24th 2019 and runs through February 24th 2020. The year 2019 marked the 500th anniversary of Da Vinci’s death in Amboise in the Loire Valley. The exposition contains a mix of drawings, manuscripts, notebooks, sculptures, and paintings.

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