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Paris

  • Maria looking 60s glam

    I do enjoy pulling the celebrity-style vintage photos from my family vault to share with you guys. These are from a photo shoot my mother did in Paris for the opera in…

  • Boys & genetic destiny

    I grew up in a talented family that holds the idea that talent runs in a family as a form of destiny. My grandfather, Roger, was a cold person. He didn’t like…

  • The Merry Widow

    One of my fellow opera nerds made a joke by saying, “Meet you at Maxim’s” and I was transported to Art Nouveau Paris. Only, I could hear my mother sing Vilja. It’s…

  • Great Grandfather Gustave Arents

    My paternal great-grandfather was a rakish fellow from near Brussels, Belgium. The bit of family lore we do know about him is that he was good with the ladies and he was…

  • Early 1900s – photos around France

    The paternal grandfather and his family owned a factory outside of Paris and he and his siblings traveled the world selling their products — glue. I have access to a series of…

  • French carousel

    Governor’s Island, New York City hosted a vintage French carnival this summer. I rode a  Vélocipèdes and took in the sights and sounds whilst considering that these rides existed in 1900s Paris…

  • Great aunt Marthe

    Great aunt Marthe and the thoroughly modern controversy As part of the research for my memoir I’ve been in contact with family members who are helping me piece together the family tree.…

  • Josephine Baker

    The French embraced jazz music very early. It may have been that there was a direct pipeline from the  cradle of New Orleans to the streets of Paris that allowed the music…