Posts Tagged ‘Philippa Campsie’

Paris Christmas market

Christmas Music in Paris: Concerts and Carols

Is it possible to hear familiar Christmas music in Paris? Indeed yes, many English and American churches…

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Audrey Hepburn in Paris

I always picture Audrey Hepburn in Paris. Even though she never lived there. Even though her first breakout movie was….

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Bois de Boulogne, in the 16th Arrondissement in Paris

Paris Arrondissement Guide: Strolling through the 16th

Paris’s 16th Arrondissement is often depicted as a formidably wealthy district, populated by ambassadors, billionaires and celebrities such as Carla Bruni, a district in which visitors can spend 1,500 euros a night to stay at the Shangri-La Hotel and reserve a month in advance to dine at l’Astrance (three Michelin stars). For the nonbillionaires among us, however, there […]

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A self-portrait by Berthe Morisot

Berthe Morisot: A Woman French Impressionist in a Man’s World

It is said of Ginger Rogers that she did everything Fred Astaire did, but backward and in high heels. Similarly, Berthe Morisot did everything her fellow

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Miss Lunch Stands Out among Cafés in Paris for Food, Art and Olive Oil

If you think that Occitane beauty products smell good enough to eat, I have great news for you. Olivier Baussan, the founder of Occitane, has sponsored a little eatery

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Jackie Kennedy in Paris

Walk This Way: The Best Way to Tour Paris

What makes a good Paris walking tour? I have tried both do-it-yourself and conducted tours, and in the end, I think I am attracted by two things: an interesting theme, and the sense that I am following a route I might not otherwise think to follow and entering places I might not otherwise enter.

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Paris Itineraries: Madame X and History’s First ‘Wardrobe Malfunction’

Appearance is everything. It is true today; it was true in the 19th century. And of all the people in that century who were judged by their appearance, perhaps the greatest star and the greatest victim was the woman known to the art world as Madame X. You can visit her world in the less well-known 17th Arrondissement through one of the Paris itineraries described later in this blog post.

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Cover of the catalog from the 2002 exhibition at the Musée de la Mode et du Textile.

Jackie Kennedy in Paris

Year after year, hordes of university students head to France for their junior year abroad, as they have been doing since the 1920s. Perhaps you were one of them.

In 1949 those students included a 20-year-old Jacqueline Bouvier. She had visited France before, on a whirlwind European trip the previous summer with some family friends, but now she was back for a whole year on her own to study the language and the culture.

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Telling Paris Stories

It’s normally considered rather rude to follow people around, but that’s what I do. Fortunately (or unfortunately) the people I follow…

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Paris for First-Timers

We had hardly got settled with our glasses of wine and hors d’oeuvres when my friend leaned forward and said in an anxious voice, “So tell me—do you think my husband and I should go up the Eiffel Tower on our first trip?” It wasn’t quite the question I was expecting when I agreed to meet for drinks to talk about their forthcoming trip to Paris. And yet it summed up a lot about how people feel about the first visit. The anticipation. The choices. The pressure to Do It All.

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