Paris as seen from the Saint-Jacques Tower

When in Paris, you may have noticed this ancient, lone tower erected in the center of the city. The Saint-Jacques Tower had long been under renovation and it would intrigue me whenever I passed by. Now the monument is {almost} as new and I had the chance to climb up the 300 steps of its…

The Palace of Versailles: visiting a royal past

Versailles has been quite in fashion this month. First, after setting its new J’adore campaign in the Galeries des Glaces, Dior released its “Secret Garden – Versailles” video. Then Chanel showed its latest cruise collection in the gardens last week. This reminds me of my short trip to Versailles to see a fashion exhibition last…

Ancient Egyptian treasures at the Louvre

After the party and dinner in the Napoleon III apartments at the Louvre, let’s move on to another department, another continent and another time period! My final stop in this fabulous museum was inspired by Ava, a loyal reader of Ritournelle. Originally from California, Ava grew up in Paris and insisted that her parents take…

A visit to the Louvre and its Napoleon III apartments

During my last days in France, I decided to pay a visit to the Louvre. My parents used to drag me there on weekends in my early childhood but I hadn’t gone back since. What a shame, I know. The Louvre is one of the world’s most famous museums but its history is not so…