When the Louvre was evacuated and Mona Lisa went missing

Two of the most frequently asked questions in my Louvre tour are: "What happened to the Louvre during WWII?" and "Why the museum was not pillaged?" The answer is an amazing history that worth to be told and should be transformed into a movie. Ready to discover it? Everything started in 1939, before the war …

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Focus on a Masterpiece: Le Balcon – The Balcony (Manet, 1868/69)

Today I was dreaming about having a balcony in Paris. Not necessarily a huge one. A small one would be fine for me. One like Le Balcon (The Balcony) painted by Edouard Manet in 1868/1869 would be perfect. I love that picture. It really is one of my favorite paintings ever so I decided to …

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The day when Marie Antoinette died

On October 16th 1793 a simple cart left the Conciergerie, the revolutionaries' prison on Ile-de-la-Cite. Marie-Antoinette was sitting on it, wearing a simple withe shirt and a bonnet, like a commoner. She was going to the guillotine. No famous last words were spoken by the "last" queen of France. She just said "Pardon me sir, …

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