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Long Now Lessons From Notre Dame

East facade of Notre Dame in the 1860s. In the hours after news broke that the Cathedral of Notre Dame suffered extensive fire damage, many found hope in a story that circulated on social media about a centuries-old protocol the fire department in Paris followed when battling the fire. The story originated with Twitter user Michael Slavitch, who claimed that firefighters prioritized saving the people and relics over preserving the wooden roof structure of Notre Dame because they knew th...
Tags: France, Stanford, Future, Barcelona, Paris, Oxford, Reddit, Associated Press, Sagrada Familia, Elle, Notre Dame, Gaudi, Versailles, La Sagrada Familia, Kevin Murphy, New College Oxford

Marie Antoinette's Versailles apartments on display

After three years of renovation, the queen's rooms are reopening to the public at the Chateau of Versailles.
Tags: News, Marie Antoinette, Versailles

Palace of Versailles to host huge rave this summer and it's easy to go for cheap

The Palace of Versailles is hosting a rave in its iconic Hall of Mirrors - but you don't need a royal's budget to visit [Author: Julie Delahaye]
Tags: Europe, Versailles, Julie Delahaye

What Is The Met Gala’s Camp Theme Exactly?

Update:Andrew Bolton, the Wendy Yu Curator in Charge of the Costume Institute, further explained the relevance of the 2019 Met Gala's theme to Vogue on Tuesday, calling out its cultural relevance.Camp, Bolton notes, “has become increasingly more mainstream in its pluralities—political camp, queer camp, Pop camp, the conflation of high and low, the idea that there is no such thing as originality.” He continues: “but I think you’ve got to be incredibly sophisticated to understand camp—look at Yv...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Rihanna, White House, Vogue, Elton John, The New York Times, Lady Gaga, Cher, Bolton, Naacp, Marc Jacobs, Gucci, Trump, Versailles, Susan

Versailles hosting rave this summer

In its heyday , Versailles was probably the scene of some pretty epic blowouts, but it’s likely that this is the first-ever rave to take place in the former royal palace. Versailles Electro, an event hosted by four DJs — Breakbot x Irfane, Busy P, Myd, and So Me — will take place on the terraces at the foot of the famous Hall of Mirrors and overlooking the French gardens. No doubt that Louis XIV, a lover of lavish parties, would approve. The electronic music festival is happening on June 8 fr...
Tags: Travel, All, Versailles, Raves, Breakbot, Louis XIV, Versailles Electro

Best things to do and see in Xi’an

Visitors from China and around the world pass through the ancient city of Xi’an on their way to the Terracotta Army in the nearby Lintong District. While the Terracotta Army is indeed a marvel, many visitors don’t realize the bustling, modern city of 13 million has a lot to offer. With thousands of years of fascinating history and an energetic, contemporary vibe, Xi’an is worth spending a few days exploring before you check out the famous clay warriors. Xi’an was once the most important city...
Tags: Travel, Silk Road, Asia, Europe, China, India, US, Middle East, Bell, Opera House, All, Versailles, Buddhist, Chang, South Side, Forbidden City

Vegan food tours around the world

Veganism isn’t just for incense-burning yogis anymore. Now, your bro who went a little too hard in Vegas comes back talking about, “I’m going vegan for a few weeks; I need to clean out,” like he’s pledging to take up running. Even the fried chicken joint on the corner has a little section of its menu dedicated to vegan options. So maybe it shouldn’t come as a complete surprise that there are entire vacation packages based around sampling vegan cuisine. Thanks to Vegan Food Tours, the first co...
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Sire of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah dies at 13

VERSAILLES, Ky. (AP) — WinStar Farm says that stallion Pioneerof the Nile, sire of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, has died. Owner Ahmed Zayat confirmed the death of the 13-year-old to the Associated Press on Monday and said he was “like a family member.” WinStar stated on its web site that Pioneerof the Nile […]
Tags: News, Sports, Associated Press, Versailles, Pharoah, Ky AP, WinStar, Ahmed Zayat, WinStar Farm, Pioneerof

A heart

When you approach "Porte de Clignancourt", where you can find “La Recyclerie” – see my preceding post – you will see a great rotating red heart. It’s actually a rotating sculpture by Joana Vasconcelos, a Portuguese artist, born in Paris...  ... who has won a great reputation for spectacular works – she has exhibited at the Venice Biennale, the Versailles castle and gardens, the Bilbao Guggenheim… - see some pictures stolen on the net. This is part of the City of Paris’ commendable ...
Tags: Travel, Paris, Venice Biennale, Versailles, Paris 18, Porte de Clignancourt, Joana Vasconcelos, PeterParis

France’s Canal Plus Launches New OTT Service Dedicated to Series

French pay-TV group Canal Plus is launching Canal Plus Series, an OTT channel dedicated to scripted shows, which will bow Tuesday with a slightly cheaper subscription fee than Netflix’s in France. The new OTT service will showcase a mix of Canal Plus original series such as “Spiral,” “Versailles” and the anticipated contemporary half-hour “Vernon Subutex,” […]
Tags: News, France, Global, Netflix, Versailles, Maxime Saada, Canal Plus, Vernon Subutex

Solo Female Travel in Paris — Is it Safe?

Is it safe for a woman to travel alone to Paris? Absolutely. Under most circumstances, with the right preparation and precautions, visiting Paris can be as safe as staying in your hometown. Paris is a place where I’ve been traveling alone for years! I first fell in love with Paris when I was 16 years old and on a school trip, and I’ve returned more than a dozen times since, often solo. It’s a city that I love dearly, a city where I frequently play tour guide for my friends and family. However, ...
Tags: Europe, New York, Milan, London, Featured, Instagram, France, Germany, America, Blog, Eu, Spain, Barcelona, Paris, Italy, Netherlands

Zendaya & Grace Jones Officially Shut Down Paris Fashion Week

Black girl magic was in high supply at Paris Fashion Week thanks to Zendaya.The actress and singer added fashion designer to her growing (and quite frankly, glowing) résumé, with the launch of her collection with Tommy Hilfiger. Brought to life under the direction of the Zendaya and her stylist, Law Roach, the show was inspired by the 1973 Battle of Versailles show, which put American fashion on the global map.The show kicked off with a disco dance party before Black models of all sizes, ages, ...
Tags: Facebook, Fashion, Music, Grace Jones, Tommy Hilfiger, Beverly Johnson, Jones, Zendaya, Disney Channel, Paris Fashion Week, Versailles, Tommy, Sledge, WWD, Pat Cleveland, Kail

Palaces to visit in St. Petersburg

You may not live inside the walls of a sprawling royal complex, but at these gorgeous palaces in St. Petersburg, you can certainly pretend. Enter the prestigious doors and walk from room to room, dreaming of days gone by; these walls have seen a level of opulence many of us would find hard to fathom. Many palaces in St. Petersburg, Russia, are located just a bit outside of the town center, but fortunately, they’re easily accessible via super cheap public transport. Plan a trip to one or all o...
Tags: Travel, France, Nazis, Russia, Paris, Siberia, Catherine, Gardens, St Petersburg, Michael, Louvre, All, Communist Party, Versailles, PAUL, St Petersburg Russia

Studying Abroad: The Lessons We Learn About Ourselves

Around this time almost a decade ago, I was getting ready to take the biggest trip of my life thus far. My application to study abroad for the spring semester of junior year had been approved, and I was busy making final preparations. I had a host family, an extremely overpacked suitcase, and a determination to Skype my friends and family every day. I lived in Madrid, Spain with my host mother, Carmina, from January to May of 2010. I took four classes taught in Spanish at the Universidad Carlos ...
Tags: Travel, Florida, Featured, US, America, Spain, Austria, Paris, Study Abroad, Madrid, Salzburg, Skype, Valencia, Toledo, Madrid Spain, Versailles

Solo Female Travel in Europe: Complete Travel and Safety Guide

Kate in Copenhagen Looking to travel solo in Europe? You’ve come to the right place! My name is Kate and I teach women how to travel the world safely on their own. While I’m American and I travel all over the world, I’ve spent the most time in Europe. Several years, when you add it all up. I have traveled to every single country in Europe and have lived in two of them (Italy and the UK). This continent has given me so many happy travel memories and I want you to have them, too. And yet…you have...
Tags: Asia, Europe, UK, London, Featured, Sweden, Instagram, Greece, Australia, France, Scotland, China, Germany, Berlin Wall, Russia, Berlin

Stacked-Up Book Thoughts: A Great Reading Week

I've reached that point where cabin fever is starting to set in. The sleet or ice or cold or snow has kept me cooped up inside and made me miss way too many outdoor walks. It's driving me crazy! We finally started the new season of True Detective. I like it but need to see a few more episodes before commenting. We finished the Netflix series You, which started out strong, but I was less enamored by the end. We also finally watched the movie Room, which I liked. It's been too long since I re...
Tags: Books, New York, France, Netflix, Canada, New Hampshire, Paris, Hamlet, Jack, Ann Leckie, Marie Antoinette, Versailles, Don, Hill, Camille, Wynn

Government Audit Slams France’s National Workshop For Historical Furnishings

“The Mobilier National, which was set up in the 17th century to decorate royal palaces and continues to restore and supply fine furniture and tapestries for the Elysée Palace and Versailles, needs to be ‘radically reformed’, according to a report by its auditors. National audit office inspectors, which found large quantities of alcohol in Mobilier National’s workshops, said staff were often absent and used tools and equipment to ‘moonlight’ on their own projects.” – The Local (France) (AFP) ...
Tags: Art, France, Issues, Versailles, Elysee Palace, 02.14.19, National Workshop For Historical Furnishings, Mobilier National

What the Paris Peace Conference can teach us about politics today

One hundred years ago, the treaty of Versailles, the centerpiece of a set of treaties and agreements collectively known as the Paris Peace Settlements, was signed in the glittering hall of mirrors in the former home of France’s Sun King. For some, the war it brought to an end marked the final chapter of a distinct period in international relations, one dominated by a European states system that had endured since the Middle Ages and in which military conflict was relatively commonplace.Anniversar...
Tags: Europe, Books, Politics, Featured, France, US, History, World, United States, Paris, World War One, Journals, Donald Trump, International Relations, Social Sciences, Versailles

Special Invitation to Versailles Gala, March 31

Have you ever dreamed of attending a ball at Versailles and meeting Marie Antoinette?   Most of this dream will come true on March 31, 2019, when the third Gala Dinner of the Friends of the Royal Opera to benefit The Royal Opera of Versailles, presents the Marie-Antoinette, a ballet of 22 dancers choreographed by Thierry Malandain with the music of Joseph Haydn and Christoph Willibald Gluck.   In case that wasn’t enough to spoil you, there’s even more; first, a pre-concert of Te Deum ...
Tags: Travel, Events, Openings, Paris, Parties, Nightlife, Marie Antoinette, Versailles, Joseph Haydn, Te Deum, Royal Opera, Richard Nahem, Christoph Willibald Gluck, Marc Antoine Charpentier, Thierry Malandain, Bonjour Paris Michele Kurlander

Proposing in Paris: 5 romantic spots to pop the question

Whether you’re a gay couple from New York celebrating your right to wed or you’re simply inspired by the romantic aura of the City of Light, proposing in Paris never goes out of style. From the top of the Eiffel Tower to the spectacular Pont des Arts  (where couples used to show their love with padlocks), people have long been popping the question in Paris. But for those looking for a more inspired scenario that won’t evoke images of Tom Cruise proposing to Katie Holmes (at the Tower), here are ...
Tags: Travel, New York, Romance, France, Advice, Love, Bridges, Paris, Katie Holmes, Eiffel Tower, Tom Cruise, Romantic, Montmartre, Louvre, Seine, Dailycheapo

Miami’s best guava desserts

Pitbull may be known as Mr. Worldwide, but his home city, Miami, is a world unto itself. The Miami-Dade population is more than — around 2.5 million people — with immigrants from Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Haiti, France, Russia, and more. Each of those populations brings a different vibe to Miami’s neighborhoods and food scene. But there’s one addictive flavor that unites all Miamians new and settled: guava. The sticky-sweet fruit was brought to South Florida from Cuba more than 160 years ...
Tags: Travel, Instagram, Miami, Pitbull, Cuba, Midtown, Maria, Coral Gables, All, Versailles, South Florida, Wynwood, Little Havana, Brickell, Miami Dade, Magic City

This turkish ghost town

No, it’s not a post-apocalyptic scene from one of Cinderella’s nightmares. This town of 587 identical, castle-like houses located near Mudurnu, a town only 150 miles east of Istanbul, Turkey, actually exists. Originally intended to be a luxury housing development for wealthy Gulf tourists, the Burj Al Babas complex was supposed to include a total of 732 French-style chateaux, along with a shopping center, Turkish baths, cinemas, and sporting facilities. Photo: Esin Deniz/Shutterstock Constr...
Tags: Travel, France, Turkey, Cinderella, All, Gulf, Versailles, Istanbul Turkey, Mudurnu, Burj Al Babas, Sarot Property Group, Esin Deniz Shutterstock

Renault may have paid for Ghosn's wedding

Carlos Ghosn, the former chairman and CEO of Renault, may have benefited personally from the French carmaker's funding of renovation work at the Palace of Versailles by holding his wedding reception there.
Tags: News, Stories, Renault, Versailles, Ghosn, Carlos Ghosn

Renault may have paid for Carlos Ghosn's Versailles wedding

Carlos Ghosn, the former chairman and CEO of Renault, may have benefited personally from the French carmaker's funding of renovation work at the Palace of Versailles by holding his wedding reception there.
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Renault probes gift from Versailles chateau to ex-CEO Ghosn

PARIS (AP) — Carmaker Renault has alerted French authorities to a 50,000-euro gift from the chateau of Versailles to its former chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn. French newspaper Le Figaro reported that the chateau allowed Ghosn to host his wedding reception on its grounds in exchange for Renault’s donations to the Versailles estate, resplendent home […]
Tags: Business, News, Ap, Nation, Paris, Renault, Versailles, Ghosn, Carlos Ghosn French newspaper Le Figaro

Saint-Germain-en-Laye Castle

The present « Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye » is mostly of a some-kind-of-16th-century-“renaissance” architecture (Francis I’s reign), replacing some previous buildings. But one little part was left - the chapel, from 1238, which slightly preceded and for a while held the relics for which the Sainte-Chapelle (see previous post) was built.   This has always been a Royal Castle. Louis XIV was born and spent a large part of his life here, before moving to Versailles  (see here) in 1...
Tags: Travel, England, Paris, Francis, Versailles, Saint Germain, National Archaeological Museum, German Army, Napoleon III, Laye, Sainte Chapelle, James II, National Museum of Antiquities, Emmanuel Fremiet, PeterParis, Saint-Germain-en-Laye

Best castles to see in France

In the same way that traveling to France should never be limited to visiting Paris, learning about its rich history and checking out some of its amazing architecture should never be constrained to a one-day visit to Versailles — there are countless castles in France that are mind-blowing, much cheaper, and less crowded. So, if you want to make your trip to France a little less predictable but still fill it with beautiful historical sights, leave the hordes of tourist sheep behind, hop on a t...
Tags: Travel, Europe, France, Germany, Paris, Alps, Strasbourg, King, All, Versailles, Le Chateau, Alsace, Leonardo da Vinci, Château, Kaiser Wilhelm II, Henri

Chantilly’s Private Princely Apartments Reopening

There are many things that make the Domaine de Chantilly unique (and, in my opinion, much more interesting to visit than Versailles). Its last resident was Henri d’Orléans, Duke d'Aumale, and son of the last King of France, Louis-Philippe. His family’s princely apartments, the only remaining examples from the Monarchie de Juillet in France, will be reopened this month after several years of careful renovations. The Duke and Duchesse d’Aumale’s Private Apartments were created in 1845 within ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, France, Gare du Nord, French Culture, Paris, Sightseeing, Prince, Duke, Gardens, Marie Antoinette, Versailles, Conn, Le Nôtre, Henri, Conde

Today's Read: Enchantee by Gita Trelease

Imagine you lived in Paris in in the 1780s, where smallpox is taking its toll, Marie Anoinette and Louis XVI are basking in luxury, and there are rumblings of revolution. Now imagine that you're a peasant teenage orphan trying to keep yourself and your little sister alive. What would you do survive? Yves Rencourt, the chandler's apprentice, had lost his wig. After the last customer left the shop, he searched through baskets of curling wicks and blocks of beeswax and teetering stacks of b...
Tags: Books, Paris, Versailles, Camille, Yves, Flatiron, Louis XVI, Beth F, Diane Bibliophile By the Sea, Paris Versailles, Gita Trelease, Marie Anoinette, Yves Rencourt, Astignac

A Visual Love Letter To New York

In If Beale Street Could Talk, Barry Jenkins and cinematographer James Baxton worked with location designers who knew the details both of the New York of today and of James Baldwin’s New York. That meant letting the Bronx stand in for Greenwich Village, and not letting Washington Square Park, which is “like Versailles” compared the park of Baldwin’s story, be itself. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, New York, Media, Bronx, Versailles, James Baldwin, Baldwin, Greenwich Village, Washington Square Park, New York That, Barry Jenkins, James Baxton, 02.03.19