I recently had a friend visit me in Paris for her first trip to the City of Light. Oh, where to begin? Of course there are the big Paris museums, like the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay, and then there’s the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame, and the list goes on and on. With only a few days to experience the breadth and depth of the city, I was feeling overwhelmed about how to arrange her visit so she could truly understand the city, its history and its culture. Then I found out about Paris Story, a multimedia museum that combines all the above in an easy-to-understand format to educate any visitor about the city’s origins, architecture and evolving landscape.
No one does style better than Paris luxury brands. This year, for the first time ever, 25 key players in that market will welcome visitors into their workshops, private mansions and family vineyards. They are calling the occasion Les Journées Particulières and describe it as “a voyage through the most emblematic and inspiring sites of luxury.” It will be a very special, totally French tribute to this autumn’s theme—le voyage—of the Journées du Patrimoine.
Last week the girls and I cuddled up to watch Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette. I love this film—all that pink and powdered blue, all that sumptuous silk and those decadent pastries—it really speaks to my inner girl. And being teens, my girls loved it, too. Suddenly it seemed I had found the perfect way to squeeze both some Mom time and some culture into them at once.
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