Paris has long been associated with decadence. Many of its most outrageous historical figures have been women, and they have dominated the culture and the course of historical events. Madame de Pompadour, Marie Antoinette, Coco Chanel and Colette are just some of the ladies who are now infamous. Professor Andrew Lear will lead this tour and share his expert knowledge.
Today we’ll visit the Paris Hotel where Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald held court in the roaring twenties. We’ll also visit the graves of Degas and Dumas and dine in a former bordello.
At the Orsay Museum, we’ll see the shady ladies of Paris as they were depicted in art. Over at the Musée Rodin we’ll see artworks by Camille Claudel. We’ll also head to St. Germain and visit Marie Antoinette’s personal chocolatier.
Malmaison is a fine palace and the former home of Emperor Josephine, the wife of Napoleon and Empress of France. We’ll then head back to Paris.
Today we’ll visit the Louvre and see more shady ladies depicted in art. The shady ladies were invariably drawn to the world of art, as the artists of Paris were irresistibly drawn to them.
In the evening, we’ll visit the courtesan collection of the Decorative Arts Museum.
The Loire Valley boasts more palaces than any other part of the world. We’ll have lunch in the shade of Amboise castle and then head to Chenonceau, the former stomping ground of Mary Queen of Scots.
We’ll visit the Colette Museum in Burgundy and learn about the author who scandalised France with her literary depictions of lesbianism and promiscuity. Then, we’ll head back to the Loire for a wine tasting session and a final group meal.