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Women of style – Marie Antoinette

She was the symbol of everything that was wrong with the old regime in France. Her Austrian descent made her a traitor and an enemy of the people. Her death was seen as a sign that the revolution's work was done. Her extravagant lifestyle and...

Women of style – Madame de Pompadour

Madame de Pompadour was one of the most famous mistresses in France and her influence in fashion, art and politics cemented her reputation as one of the most influential women of French history. Thanks to her, Paris became the capital of culture in Europe.   Madame de...

Women of style – Madame de Montespan

With her wit, charm, astonishing beauty and ambition Francoise-Athenais de Rochechouart, better known as Madame de Montespan for years ruled the court of King Louis XIV of France as his maitresse-en-titre (chief mistress). She was expensive and glorious and beautiful, like the Palace of Versailles...

La Reine Margot

She was one of the most educated, cultured, beautiful, fashionable women of her time, a “pearl of de Valois,” but also a victim of misogynist propaganda that portrayed her as nymphomaniac and incestuous La Reine Margot (Queen Margot) and downplayed the importance of her actions...

Women of style – Marie de Medici

Soon after Catherine de Medici died, another Medici moved to the French throne, bringing endless political intrigues, famous artists, high collars and big dresses to the French court. Marie de Medici became the Queen of France as the second wife of King Henry IV and after...

Women of style – Catherine de Medici

We know her as a sinister Queen, “the Italian woman”, a scheming poisoner and a ruthless power player who controlled her sons and gave her daughter a hell of a wedding present - St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre.   Film lovers probably remember Virna Lisi’s rather accurate portrayal...

The Louvre Pyramid

The Louvre Pyramid, an integral part of Paris's Louvre Museum, turns 30 today.   A large glass and metal pyramid designed by Chinese-American award-winning architect I.M. Pei to be the new entrance to the Louvre museum, has become a cherished Paris landmark. But when it was completed...

Heloise and Abelard

Hers was one of the most beautiful and tragic (true) love stories, a model upon which many fictional love stories were later based on. But who was Heloise, the woman whose love affair with Pierre Abelard scandalized the 12th-century world?   Despite being one of the greatest...

What’s in a name…

Rose has always been a used as a symbol, most often a symbol of the feminine principle, divine love and later, in the 19th and most notably 20th century an important symbol of a fight for women’s rights and anti-authoritarian associations.   It was one of the...

The story of baguette

There is nothing more French or Parisian looking than an image of a chic girl riding a bicycle along the river Seine, with a basket full of groceries,  flowers, and a baguette - that long, slender loaf of bread that everyone recognizes and few can...

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