Category Archives: Famous French Personalities

My Trip To Granville And Christian Dior’s Boyhood Home

Frankly, I hadn’t planned at all to write much about Granville and Christian Dior’s boyhood home. Why? I had other grand plans for even going to Granville on the Normandy  coast, and they had nothing to do with this very famous couturier. I had this great idea of doing the “traversée” of bay Mont Saint Michel… Read More »

Jean Jacques Henner, His Very Revealing Nudes And Portraits

Jean Jacques Henner may not be well known, especially outside of France, but his nudes, religious subjects and  portraits are beautiful  and very provocative. There is very little written about his life, but his art speaks volumes about this obscure artist seen in a self portrait as a young man. The first time I saw… Read More »

Gardens of The New French President and Prime Minister

Emmanuel Macron is the newly elected French president and I wanted to give you another peek of the beautiful gardens of the French president’s home from a previous post. I am off to the healing Mediterranean sun and sea of Sicily, much needed for my grief wrecked body. No, I wasn’t invited to a garden… Read More »

Musée Camille Claudel, Finally?

It always bothered me tremendously that Camille Claudel did not have her own proper museum. Finally that has changed with the opening of the Camille Claudel Musée in Nogent Sur Seine or hasn’t it? The brand new Camille Claudel museum left me somewhat disturbed and disappointed when I was looking forward to being delighted! Why?… Read More »

Eugene Delacroix Wrestled With More Than Angels

Eugene Delacroix was described by his friend Charles Baudelaire as “a volcanic crater artfully concealed behind bouquets of flowers”.  He remains in many ways an enigma, where  his personality and inner life can be drawn from his art, his tragic childhood losses, and  conjectured by reading the correspondence to various persons during his lifetime. This… Read More »

Foie Gras And Magrets At Palais Royal

Saturday was one of those absolutely perfect warm autumn days in Paris.  As soon as I hit the lovely Palais Royal gardens, the heavenly odor of foie gras sizzling in a pan perfumed the air. Les Toques du Canard was well in process celebrating the famous foie gras ducks of the Landes region in southwest… Read More »

Maria Skobtsova, Gutsy, Courageous And Charitable To The End

Europe is once again battling invasions of terrorism and  violence, not yet with the same dimensions as during the life of  Maria Skobtsova, also known as Saint Maria of Paris and Ravensbruck. She dedicated her life to easing the pain and suffering of hundreds in Paris plagued with  hunger, racism, homelessness, mental illness, addictions and… Read More »

Museé Montmartre Celebrates Utrillo, Valadon and Utter

It was one of those perfect late winter Sundays with sunny skies that held the promise of spring, mobilizing Parisians to get outdoors.  Bundled up, the sun felt warm on my face, buffering the cold wind as I walked slowly up the very steep cobblestone hill, past the vineyard and Le Lapin Agile towards the Musée… Read More »