La Vie Creative

Krystal Kenney

France has been motivating people for decades to create and live a more inspired life. La Vie Creative is a weekly podcast all about creatives in Paris and beyond, hosted by American Expat Krystal Kenney. Designed to help you enrich your inner artist and tap into your innovative gifts.

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Marie Laurencin is known for her lovely pastel dreamy paintings but she was also able to do something few female artists were able to do. Marie was accepted into the folds of the biggest artists of the time and held her own. Born on October 31, 1883 she showed very early, against her mothers wishes, a talent for art. At 18 she enrolled in the porcelain painting school at Sévres, much like Renoir started. The next year she joined the Humbert Academy and met fellow artists Georges Braque and Francis Picabia who led her into the art circles of Paris.  Gallery owner Clovis Sagot on Rue Laffitte gave Marie her first exhibition where she would meet Picasso, Delauney, Rousseau, Max Jacobs. and poet Guillaume Apollinaire. Marie inspired the struggling writer and served as his muse over their six year relationship. Her first painting she ever sold featured the poet surrounded by his friends, Picasso, Fernande Olivier, Stein, Gillot and Cremnitz and was purchased by Gertrude Stein. Spending a brief period in the Cubist and Fauvist movement she later named her style “nymphism”. Staying close to what she liked she used her favorite colors, pink, grey, blue and white and predominantly painted women and girls. As a child she would keep beads and ribbons in her pocket, always gravitating to pretty things. In the 20’s & 30’s she was commissioned to paint portraits of the Paris elite which she didn’t like. Instead of painting them how they wanted to be seen, she painted them as she saw them. Chanel asked her to paint her and when it was complete she refused to pay her for it. As one that controlled her story and her image that was always seen through a filter she didn’t like the stern look on her face. The painting would end up in the collection of Paul Guillaume and hanging in the Musée de l’Orangerie today. Marie’s life story is greatly overshadowed by her many relationships but her art should never be forgotten. The airy dream like pastel paintings of dancing ladies always bring a smile to your face when they are discovered. More info and photos: Claudine on Patreon and get more of Paris and all her stories and benefits like discounts on her tours, custom history and exclusive content us every Sunday for a LIVE walk through Paris filled with history up for the weekly Blue Blonde Rouge newsletter Claudine Hemingway Bleu, Blonde, Rouge Author & historianPodcast La Vie Creative, Paris History Avec a Hemingway Hemingway tours of ParisClaudineHemingway.comIG @claudinebleublonderougeFB @bleublonderouge La VIe Creative - Paris History Avec a Hemingway podcast.New Every Monday And fSupport the show (

Dec 1

37 min 54 sec

Cygnet Theatre was founded in Paris by an international group of theatre artists looking to create, develop, and perform plays in the classical repertoire. The company is run by a board of administration, and all members of the team serve a creative function vital to Cygnet Theatre’s ability to thrive.  Following the success of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the decision was made to form a company to produce high quality theatre in the heart of Paris. During the Summer Seasons, Cygnet performs in the beautiful Jardin des Arènes de Montmartre.Taylor Scott:Born and raised in Vancouver, I still struggle to name the surrounding mountains but can list the local theatres with ease. Theatre has always felt like a homecoming to me. After graduating with a BFA in Acting from the University of British Columbia in 2017, the heaviness of a four-year program left little room inside me for creative passion, s0 I did what seemed most logical at that moment… I ran away to Paris. Amidst the culture and chocolate crepes, I discovered it was possible to become a theatre artist on my own terms. Cygnet Theatre is the product of six like-minded individuals, all at different points in our artistic journeys, who came to that same realization. Our varied backgrounds and individual strengths challenge us daily, but ultimately they are also the steadfast foundation of a company that was unimaginable until my feet hit these cobblestone streets. Support the show (

Dec 1

31 min 57 sec

Sharon decided to celebrate her 60th birthday with a six-month hiatus from her life in NYC. She stayed in an apartment in Paris for two of those months, exploring the city on foot, via metro –and eventually on city bikes.  Fortuitously, she met other Americans living in Paris, who helped her tremendously.  Three years later, she co-founded to make it easier [and more fun] for others, who like herself, want to get the most out of their time in Paris. We chat about what it's like to run a travel planning company in Paris, France.Support the show (

Nov 24

28 min 12 sec

Paris is filled with museums and a few stand out over the rest. Of course, there is my love, the Musée du Louvre, and the Orsay and smaller ones like the Picasso and the Delacroix. However, one that might not be on the list for those heading to Paris for just a few days but should be is the Musée Rodin. On today’s new episode of Paris History Avec a Hemingway on La Vie Creative Podcast we jump into the history of the museum and the life it had before Rodin discovered it. The Musée Rodin is housed in the Hotel Biron but that's not where the story begins. Wealthy wig maker Abraham Peyrene de Moras was also a close confidant of Louise Francoise de Bourbon, the legitimized daughter of Louis XIV and past podcast subject, Madame de Montespan.  Moras tapped architect Jean-Jacques Aubert who also designed the nearby Palais Bourbon for Louise Francoise. Between 1727 & 1732 on the Rue de Varenne outside the city of Paris, the Louis XIV-style mansion was built. Moras only enjoyed it for a few years before he died in 1736 and his widow rented it to  Louise-Benedicte de Bourbon-Condé, wife of another legitimate child of XIV. It was Louise that would add the beautiful carved wood moldings and paintings above the doors that still remain today.  In 1753 the Marshall de Biron purchased it and it was under Biron that the gardens came to life. The mansion survived the Revolution, the Russian embassy moved in for a year then the Sisters of the Sacred Heart for 84 years before they were asked to leave, and then in 1905 the artists arrived. Jean Cocteau was the first to move in and he told Isadore Duncan and Matisse who taught classes here. On  October 15, 1908, its most famous resident arrived. Cocteau had told the 68-year-old sculptor about the wonderful building flooded with light. Rodin moved into the ground level 4 rooms that face the garden.  More info and photos: Claudine on Patreon and get more of Paris and all her stories and benefits like discounts on her tours, custom history and exclusive content us every Sunday for a LIVE walk through Paris filled with history up for the weekly Blue Blonde Rouge newsletter Support the show (

Nov 22

37 min 34 sec

Sarah Donnelly is an American stand-up comedian, writer and actress who performs in English and in French.Sarah is the co-creator and writer of the Audible Original series God Save My English with Paul Taylor, now in its second season and one of the best sellers on Audible France.Sarah is also the co-creator of Becoming Maman, a comedy show and podcast about raising French kids in Paris when you are not French.In 2018, she toured with Gad Elmaleh as his opener for the European leg of his international Dream Tour. She has also opened for Louis CK, Ted Alexandro, Brody Stevens, Tom Rhodes, and Keith Alberstadt.In 2016 she wrote and performed her sold-out, one-hour stand-up comedy show called Help! I Married a Frenchman, which received runner-up for the Best English Comedy Show in Paris by Expatriates Magazine. In 2017 Sarah was a writer and actress for the first-ever English language comedy show produced by the French network Canal+ starring Paul Taylor called “What the Fuck France ”.Sarah has worked on scripts for 2P2L and BlackPills productions, including an English Kev Adams series called “Super High”.Originally from Washington, D.C., Sarah has performed comedy at venues all over the U.S., Europe, and Asia, including shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, New York City’s Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, the Olympia, and at comedy clubs and theatres in the UK and Northern Ireland, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands, and Hong Kong.Finally, she’s got two French kids and a French husband, who give her all the comedic material she could ever need.Anyone in Paris can see Sarah LIVE  in her new one hour stand-up comedy show “The Only American in Paris” at the Jardin Sauvage Sunday November 21st at 7pm or 8:30pm. You can reserve tickets here: her on Instagram: to her website to learn about show dates and other news: www.sarahdcomedy.comSupport the show (

Nov 17

38 min 50 sec

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Nov 15

26 min 53 sec

Harriet Welty Rochefort grew up and was educated in the Midwest (B.A. Universityof Michigan, Ann Arbor and M.S.J. Northwestern Medill School of Journalism). AFrench-American dual citizen, she has lived in France since 1973 with her Frenchhusband Philippe. They have 3 sons, Nicolas, a neurologist in Marseilles, Benjamin,a computer specialist in Montreal, David, an editor and novelist (chez Gallimard NRF)in Paris, and 6 grandchildren.An author, Harriet has written three humorous but informative books about her life inFrance. and the cultural differences she has perceived as an American« embedded » in France.Her bestselling account of her first impressions of France, French Toast: AnAmerican in Paris Celebrates the Maddening Mysteries of the French, remained inhardcover for 11 years, appearing in paperback in 2010. Diane Johnson, thebestselling author of Le Divorce, called French Toast « a classic » and « the goldstandard of books about the French ».It was followed by French Fried: The Culinary Capers of an American in Paris, apersonal account of French wining and dining viewed from her mother-in-law’skitchen and interviews with leading French food and wine experts.Her third book, Joie de Vivre (2012), delves into the French penchant for enjoying lifewith style and panache. Publisher’s Weekly wrote that « a foreignobserver of what it means to be French and, with wit and a unique insight, offersadvice on loving life the way her adopted country does. »Published by St. Martin’s Press, all three of Harriet’s books about French mannersand mores have been translated into Chinese. A French version of French Toastwas published by Editions Ramsay in 2005Inspired by true events that took place in the seething cauldron of the southwest ofFrance three months before the D-Day victory and the tragedy of Oradour-sur-Glane,Harriet’s first novel, Final Transgression: One Woman’s Tragic Destiny in War-tornFrance, was published in May 2020. In his endorsement of the novel, eminenthistorian Robert O. Paxton, author of Vichy France: Old Guard and New Order calls it“historically well-grounded” and a “vigorous and compelling tale.”Harriet is a member of several professional writers’ organizations. They include PEN,The Authors Guild, and the Anglo-American Press Association in Paris where sheserved on the board for many years.A freelance journalist, Harriet has written scores of articles on French business,culture, travel and lifestyle for leading magazines and newspapers, including theInternational Herald Tribune (now the International New York Times), The AtlantaJournal and Constitution, Huffington Post, and Time magazine where she worked asa reporter in the Paris bureau for more than ten years. For Time, she covered manydifferent stories including the Klaus Barbie trial in Lyons, the arrival of Disneylandnear Paris and the controversy over the building of the Pei Pyramid in the courtyardof the Louvre.As a teacher and speaker, Harriet taught a reporting course in the internationalprogram of the Ecole de Journalisme of the renowned Institut d’Etudes Politiques deParis (Sciences Po) from 2007 to 2011. She regularly gives lively lectures on Franceand French-American cultural differences to associations, travel groups, anduniversity programs, such as the Sweet Briar Year Abroad, Smith/ParisTech Telecomand the International Media Seminar at the American University in Paris where she isinvited each year as the keynote speaker. She has spoken about her books at manyvenues in the U.S. and in France, including the American Library in Paris EveningsSupport the show (

Nov 10

39 min 24 sec

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Nov 8

30 min 27 sec

La Cuisine Paris, founded in 2009, is the Capitols top rated leisure French cooking school specializing in French Culinary experiences in English.  Located in the heart of Paris, and welcoming visitors from all over the world, we share the passion of French cuisine and culture. A small international team, with different backgrounds and experiences, who all work with a common value: the desire to share their "savoir faire" and passion with you.  Jane Bertch is an American with European roots with over 20 years of living and working in Europe. Having geographically diverse international experiences, Jane started her career in Financial Services, and in 2009 she took the leap to embark on Entrepreneurial endeavors and started La Cuisine Paris. She is very active in the Paris business and Entrepreneurial environment and in her spare time guest lectures on business and culture as well as is mentors and coaches other leaders in the SMB network. the show (

Nov 3

31 min 50 sec

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Nov 1

41 min 20 sec

Kyra is the founding Paris Artistic Director of Dance Theatre Surreality. A choreographer, teacher, and performer, she collaborates with artists from a wide range of disciplines on feminist and spiritual themes. Her works have been presented at various Parisian art galleries and theaters, as well as in Detroit, her city of origin. Kyra leads consent and bodily autonomy workshops in France and the United States and is a full-time contemporary dance teacher in the Paris region. She has recently earned her French State Diploma in dance pedagogy and holds a Masters in Translation from Université Paris VII and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan.Project title: solo-cum-trio Goals: solo-cum-trio is a community engagement performance project. This work seeks to raise awareness of holistic healing techniques, mental health, and self-defense in underserved communities in Vitry-sur-Seine and the La Chappelle neighborhood of Paris through a Franco-American movement research and wellness cultural exchange.Description: solo-cum-trio uses dance to explore three spiritual archetypes: the healer, the saboteur, and the warrior. The work brings together experts from the fields of holistic healing, psychology, and martial arts at the service of the community. Choreographer Kyra Hauck is being hosted in residency by Espace Canopy, an art gallery in Paris, in August-December 2021. The gallery is providing rehearsal space to develop the work, as well as a performance venue. Performance events will include self-defense and martial arts workshops provided for free to the community and round table discussions with panelists from each field. The performance, workshop, and round table will be projected on a double-facing screen at Espace Canopy and streamed simultaneously at the host institution in New York City, TheaterLab, as well as online. the show (

Oct 27

31 min 39 sec

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Oct 25

31 min 58 sec

Cléophée is an interior designer and mother, born and raised in Paris. She has been living overseas with her Australian partner for almost a decade and working in the commercial interior design industry in Australia and in London. She came back to Paris to welcome their first child in 2019. In this new stage of life and having a family of her own, she realized the importance of the sense of home. She then naturally transitioned her work to residential design and founded the Cléo Interior Design studio.Cléophée PoliCreative Director & @cleointeriordesignSupport the show (

Oct 20

34 min 13 sec

Take a walk through history as we talk about the famous cafes of Paris including Café de Flore, Les Deux Magots, Brasserie Lipp, L’Avant Comptoir de la Terre.Support the show (

Oct 18

34 min 19 sec

Valerio Lysander is a chamber pop singer/songwriter. Based in London but originally from Italy, Valerio has built his career in the UK and abroad, performing in England, Scotland, Italy, France, Germany, Norway, the Netherlands and Hungary.In 2016 he was among the 10 nominees for Best Male in the Best of British Unsigned Awards and Ryan, new single released in the same year, was broadcasted by BBC Introducing. In 2017 he was among the finalists of the Coffee Music Project and Pride’s Got Talent, and performed in Trafalgar Square for Pride in London and on the main stage of Manchester Pride.In 2018 he successfully founded a new album with a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. Many songs from the album, titled “We Are Like Coloured Moths Towards The Sunlight” and released on 21st July 2018, were broadcasted on BBC Radio, including If You Were Me You Would Be, a song about the hardship of being a musician in modern society.In 2019 he released the new EP “When the Clouds Will Gather I Will Drink the Rain” and was broadcasted on BBC6 with his single Fools.Valerio is also a vocal coach teaching in London (UK) and Rome (Italy).Instagram: @valeriolys ( my music here on Bandcamp the show (

Oct 13

30 min 59 sec

In the spring of 1972, my grandparents ventured off for a trip to Paris for the very first time. My grandfather being the ever-curious traveler, he loved spending his days exploring the cobbled streets that he could walk on for hour after endless hour, and his daily one-man gratinee de l’ogninon hunt looking for the best bowl he could find in Paris. Wondering the streets taking countless photo after photo and documenting what he did in his journals, he fully lived and took in all the amazing things that Paris has to offer.  On April 22, 1972 he made a note. “bought Claudine a Paris dress, hat and little shoes today” I wish I could remember what that dress looked like. I’m sure it was very chic and maybe also was the basis of my love of shoes, but it certainly started my love of Paris.  My grandfather would wake up early, while my grandmother still slept and he would grab his camera bag and take off to explore the city. Stopping to sit outside with a coffee and a croissant, watching the people scurry by on their way to work. Climbing to the top of Notre-Dame de Paris and getting the many gargoyles frozen on film and overlooking the horizon of zinc-covered roofs, bridge after bridge, and the Eiffel Tower as the little crown on the landscape.So then, we come to me, the girl with the French name that dreamed her whole life of France and Paris.  My grandpa would show me all his pictures and tell me about Notre Dame, Napoleon, the perfect baguettes, and the lovely people he met in Paris.  Today when I am in Paris, I take a handful of his pictures with me and go back to the same exact place where he would stand and hold up that picture against the same fountain or statue that he looked at. And while he is no longer here with us today, every step I take in Paris I feel like I am walking in his footsteps within him beside me. Paris is a place I fell in love with before I ever sat on a terrace with a glass of Bordeaux looking at the sunset behind Eiffel Tower because of his stories and his photos. And the most beautiful thing of Paris is that as much as it changes, it stays the same.  The history of Paris, the art and the beauty that is the Paris I want to share with everybody else, after all it runs in through our veins. Support the show (

Oct 11

32 min 3 sec

Born into a Francophile winemaking family, Pirrie has always had a passion for fashion and old-world glamour. Under the amazing tutelage of Est Ovest Style’s co-owners, and coupled with her innate work drive, she found her passion for trends and for styling and fit for every unique body. From Portland Oregon, she moved to New York City and assisted one of the top stylists at the prestigious Bergdorf Goodman. Pirrie is now living in Paris and working as a personal and editorial stylist. She works with all brands and budgets. Whether on a video set or in someone's closet, she loves being able to help people make the most of the pieces they have and most importantly feel great. With a young eye for aesthetic and trend she is excited to take on whatever the Paris fashion scene may bring. In her newest venture, Pirrie will be operating Est Ovest Paris; offering services ranging from virtual styling to curated fashion tours of the city. She can't wait to help you find that "je ne sais quoi".You can find her at- pirrie@est-oveststyle.comOr the show (

Oct 6

30 min 10 sec

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Oct 4

36 min

Alecia McKenzie is a Jamaican writer based in France.Her first collection of short stories, Satellite City, and her novel Sweetheart have both won Commonwealth literary prizes. Sweetheart has been translated into French (Trésor) and was awarded the Prix Carbet des lycéens in 2017.Other books include Stories From Yard (first published in Italian translation as Racconti giamaicani), Doctor’s Orders and When the Rain Stopped in Natland. Her most recent novel is A Million Aunties.​Her work has also appeared in a range of literary magazines and in anthologies such as Stories from Blue Latitudes, The Oxford Book of Caribbean Short Stories, Bridges, Global Tales, Girls Night In, and To Exist is to Resist.She was longlisted for the Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award in 2019.Support the show (

Sep 29

28 min 30 sec

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Sep 27

38 min 2 sec

A little about me…I first moved to Paris in Fall 2012 for a semester abroad program. At the time, I had absolutely no idea how I would fall completely head-over-heels in love with the city. I returned the following summer for another study abroad program. It was during that time that I first imagined myself living in Paris full time.Life happened, but I never let go of my dream of living in Paris. Five years later, the stars aligned for me and I moved from Dallas, Texas to Paris. My daily routine in here is full of new challenges, adventures, and excitement. It’s pushed me outside of my comfort zone and allowed me to truly connect with myself and pursue my passions and dreams. Not every day is extraordinary, but I’m lucky to live in a city with as much energy and history as Paris.My goal is to show you “my” Paris – my discoveries, favorites, and some of the lessons I learn. Even on the most mundane or average day I find inspiration in being here.While it didn’t happen overnight, I’m lucky that for work I get to do what I love. I’m freelance writer, photographer, marketing consultant, and bespoke travel planner.Be sure to visit La Porte Bonheur, an online shop filled with French antiques, photography prints, and phone cases that ship worldwide. When used together, porte-bonheur means lucky charm. Everything that you find on La Porte Bonheur was chosen specifically to be a porte (gateway or door) to bonheur (happiness, joy, pleasure, bliss, and delight). I believe that these French antiques, photos, and phone cases have the ability to bring happiness and joy through your doors and into your lives.I’ll always be a Texan at heart, but for now, I couldn’t be happier about the French life that I’m is here: travel planning services are here: Print shop are here: Support the show (

Sep 22

32 min 32 sec

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Sep 20

41 min 8 sec

FRANCES BIO:Frances is a Latina powerhouse creative with over 30 years of experience in the arts and entertainment industry spanning theater, cinema, and video games. She has a passion for creating rich and dynamic story worlds that conjure curiosity and inspire play. She is co-founder and CEO of Eat the Cake Studio, a women-run immersive entertainment studio dedicated to redefining the experience of storytelling and audience engagement. Frances is also passionate about history and thrives in showcasing fascinating women from history at the heart of her projects. Performing artist, scriptwriter, businesswoman, and even mixologist... Her unconventional path through life has made her versatile, curious, and always ready for a challenge! PROJECT BLURB:Eat the Cake Studio’s signature universe is Versailles Imagined, an immersive universe around Versailles and one of its most iconic residents, Marie Antoinette.  In 2019, Eat the Cake Studio began production on LET THEM EAT CAKE -  THE SHOW, an intimate immersive show set around Marie Antoinette and the French Revolution. With the pandemic, the company had to put the live production on hold and pivoted to creating immersive, interactive online content with their show cast, including BEAUTY AND GOSSIP FROM THE 18TH CENTURY - an Airbnb Online experience; LADIES OF VERSAILLES, an online encounter with Marie Antoinette and her favorites (also available in person!), and SCANDAL AT VERSAILLES: IN THE SHADOW OF THE GUILLOTINE: a create-your-own-adventure multimedia online experience based on the scandal that rocked the court: The Affair of the Necklace (currently in development.) They plan to launch a Western-based universe shortly and they hope to restart production on their live show soon! If you are in Paris and you would like to spend a couple of hours living like royalty with the Queen or one of her favorites, then look no further! Eat the Cake Studio will make those wishes come true!  PROJECT   SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Instagram: Versailles_Imagined Facebook: Let Them Eat Cake_The ShowLinkedIn: - the show (

Sep 15

39 min 52 sec

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Sep 13

32 min 59 sec

Rosa Jackson never looked back after tasting her first coffee éclair at the age of four, when her family came to live in Paris for a year.  After working as a food writer for a daily newspaper in Canada, she moved to France in 1995 and founded Paris Market Tours (now Edible Paris), which was the first company to offer tours of the city’s food markets.Rosa long dreamed of combining market tours with cooking classes, and chose Nice for its vibrant food market and unique culinary traditions influenced by Italy and other Mediterranean cultures. After more than ten years of teaching, her greatest satisfaction comes from knowing that her students from all over the world are now preparing local specialties such as pissaladière (caramelized onion tart), socca (chickpea pancake) and of course petits farcis, the famous stuffed vegetables after which Rosa named her Nice cooking studio.Always preferring quality over quantity, Rosa has slowly expanded her business to include collaborators who are equally passionate about the local cuisine and culture.During her parallel career as a France-based food writer, Rosa has edited several editions of the Time Out Paris Eating and Drinking guide and contributed to publications such as Food & Wine, Eating Well, The Financial Times, Australian Gourmet Traveller, and has been a columnist for France Magazine.In the past few years Rosa has developed a passion for nutrition and she recently obtained a Certificate in Dietary Counselling at the Institute of Health Sciences in Dublin. Her classes are peppered with advice on how select the healthiest ingredients and prepare them in ways that preserve their nutrients and minimize intolerances.Rosa has published three cookbooks in French with Marabout, a division of Hachette. Her Gourmet Paris guide won the 2007 Gourmet World Cookbook award for best travel guidebook.She continues to offer custom guided tours of Paris and, from her studio in the heart of Old Nice, a range of French cooking classes for lovers of French cuisine.Edible Paris - customized food tours in ParisLes Petits Farcis - cooking classes and food tours in NiceSign up for Rosa's monthly newsletter! Nice cooking classes, Paris food itineraries, food blog, Facebook page and Instagram (petitsfarcis_edibleparis).Les Petits Farcis is also on Google+. Sign up for my newsletter to receive recipes and updates. I won't spam you!Support the show (

Sep 8

27 min 48 sec

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Sep 6

32 min 12 sec

CC Aoustin is a native New Yorker, growing up in a melting pot of cultures in and out of her home. She has a BA from Queens College, in psychology and Fine Arts. She attended New York University’s Masters in Art Therapy Program, where she practiced for 13 years until moving to France. She reconnected with art through photography, by creating her own backdrops.  Caroline has exhibited her art in NYC & Paris. And now happily living the French dream, she didn’t even know she had!PARTOUT - A collective of Anglophone women artists, based in Paris. Having found each other via Facebook during the pandemic, where culture seems to be cancelled, we converged to find a means to exhibit together. We stepped out of our solitary artistic shells, to unite, collaborate and support our creative endeavors individually and as a whole. Art Website: cc.aoustin.usPhotography: www.studioaoustin.comInstagram : @ccaoustinFacebook : @ccaoustinFor the collective:Instagram: @partout_paris_Facebook: @partout_paris_Website: the show (

Sep 1

46 min 41 sec

The Chateau Versailles, just the name evokes glamour, golden splendor and the regal days of France.  We cover it all today on the newest episode of Paris History Avec a Hemingway.  Versailles began in 1604 when Louis XIII would come out to the woods to hunt and decided to build a hunting lodge. In 1623 a small lodge next to a windmill that sat on top of a low hill was the humble beginning that is hard to imagine today. Louis XIII would gather his hunting friends and head out to the lodge. His wife Anne d’Autriche had her own suite of rooms but she wasn’t allowed to stay the night. There is a lot more to the “boys weekend” at the Louis XIII Versailles and I’ll let you fill in the blanks. His son Louis XIV first visited as a child and after his father died on May 14, 1643 Versailles was far from his mind. On the night of August 17, 1661 his superintendent of finance, Nicolas Fouquet  held a lavish party at his finished chateau, Vaux-le-Vicomte. Inviting the boss over and his 6,000 friends entertained by Moliere and Fontaine and overcome by the beauty of the property and the chateau.  A few days later, the Sun King had Fouquet arrested and then stole his artists. Architect Louis Le Vau, garden designer Andre Le Nôtre and designer and artists Charles Le Brun. In June of 1662, they would begin the construction on Versailles. For the rest of his life he would continue to add on to Versailles to create one of the most splendid chateaux in Europe. Upon his death on September 1, 1715 it was still incomplete and Louis XV wasn’t as in love with living outside of Paris as his great-grandfather was. He moved the government back to Paris and Vincennes and left Versailles falling into disrepair until his return. The days of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI are well known for frolicking in the meadow of the Hamlet and their last day of golden carefree luxury. Today it is one of the most popular attractions in France that was largely saved by John D Rockefeller who gave a vast fortune in thanks to France for standing by the USA through the American Revolution.  Open Tuesday - Sunday it can be reached in 30 minutes from Paris and allow an entire day to wander through the gardens and chateau. On the weekends in the summer make sure you visit to enjoy the musician fountain show and maybe even rent a row boat along the canal. More info and photos: Claudine on Patreon and get more of Paris and all her stories and benefits like discounts on her tours, custom history and exclusive content us every Sunday for a LIVE walk through Paris filled with history up for the weekly Blue Blonde Rouge newsletter Support the show (

Aug 30

34 min 2 sec

Joanne Kimes was a television writer in Los Angeles when she became pregnant and soon realized the road to procreation was plagued with miserable potholes. So she wrote a book called, “Pregnancy Sucks” that became a best-seller and led to a dozen other titles in her “Sucks” books series. She’s appeared on the Today show, written dozens of magazine and website articles, and has just released her first fiction book, “Finding Paris: A Novel.” While she currently lives in Los Angeles, she hopes to move to Paris as soon as France will let citizens from the U.S. COVID cesspool through their borders. For more information go to Audio book blog instagram the show (

Aug 25

34 min 36 sec

In our final episode about the ladies of Marie Antoinette there wasn’t anyone closer in those final months than her sister in law Madame Elisabeth. The youngest child of Louis and Marie-Joseph, her older brothers would become king over the next 70 years. Born on May 3, 1764 a year later her father died and she spent most of her time in the shadow of the older brothers living a carefree life at court.  When she came of age, Louis XVI wanted to marry her off but she begged him not to so she can remain with her family. Which is exactly what she did until the end of her life. Pledging a life to God she was off the marriage market and at 19 her brother purchased a chateau in Montreuil as her own private estate. She wasn’t allowed to spend the night there until she was 25 so she visited each day riding a horse back and forth each night. The day she came of age on May 3, 1789 she stayed what would be only a few months at her beloved chateau.On the night of October 5, 1789 she and the family were forced to leave it all behind for Paris. Ever the loyal sister she went with them all the way to the Temple prison in 1793. In a small cell once the family was pulled apart Elisabeth remained with Marie hidden away from the world. As her brother was taken to the guillotine on January 21, 1793 her sister in law followed as she was pulled away and taken to the Conciergerie. At first the Convention was going to exile Elisabeth but after the “trial” of Marie Antoinette and the false accusations against her the “sister of the tyrant” was going to end with the same fate. In the final hours of her life, Marie Antoinette wrote a letter to Madame Elisabeth that would never reach her, intercepted by Robspierre. Months later and unaware that MA had been killed she had her own date with the guillotine. Just prior to being carted through the city she learned that MA had also been killed. On May 10, 1794 she sat next to the blade and had to watch all 24 people die before it was her turn. Each person walked by kissing her hand before they died. She spent every day of her life giving others comfort. More info and photos: Claudine on Patreon and get more of Paris and all her stories and benefits like discounts on her tours, custom history and exclusive content us every Sunday for a LIVE walk through Paris filled with history up for the weekly Blue Blonde Rouge newsletter Support the show (

Aug 23

26 min 12 sec

Rosemary Flannery has lived in France since 1989 and enjoys dual French-American nationality. She graduated with honors from Columbia University in 1985 with a degree in French language and literature. On the show today we talk about her love of Paris and the Angel statues that surround the beautiful streets of the city. She has written multiple books and now spends her time painting portraits as well.Learn more here: the show (

Aug 18

30 min 27 sec

Madame Campan was one of the only women to work for Marie Antoinette, survive the Revolution, work for Napoleon and end with another Bourbon king when most didn’t survive past Marie Antoinette. Jeanne-Louise Henriette Campa was born October 2, 1752 in Paris. Her father was a foreign affairs clerk sent to London to work on the 1763 peace treaty and took a large role in her education. Teaching her italian and english she also became well versed in the piano, guitar and harp.At 16 years old she became the reader to the daughters of Louis XV and two years later the lady in waiting to the young and shy Marie Antoinette. The two became very close as they were so near in age. The day after Louis XV died and Marie was named queen Jeanne-Louise married Pierre Francois Berthollet. The marriage resulted in a son, Henri but that was about it. The two separated but never divorced and she spent all her time at Versailles. On October 6, 1789 as the royal family left Versailles behind, Campan was by their side and remained until June 20, 1791 when they tried to escape. After leaving court she created a boarding school in Saint Germain en Laye for the daughters of the French elite. Attendees included the sisters and nieces of Napoleon and the daughter of Josephine. Napoleon was very impressed by Madame Campan and in his wish to bring back to etiquette of the court of Versailles he tapped Campan as his Madame Etiquette. Josephine did not enjoy her input that forced her to sit and watch Napoleon eat and how she must carry herself at events. After Bonaparte was ousted and Louis XVIII arrived Campan was asked again to court. Madame Royale, the daughter and only surviving member of the family of Marie Antoinette who remembered her as a child asked how she was able to survive and lived so well during the Napoleon years. It ended her run at the palace once and for all. Madame Campan had surgery while suffering from cancer in February 1822 and died a month later at 69 years old on March 16, 1822.  Few people survived to tell the tale of three reigns of French power and do it so elegantly. Listen to the full story today on La Vie Creative - Paris History Avec a HemingwayMore info and photos: Claudine on Patreon and get more of Paris and all her stories and benefits like discounts on her tours, custom history and exclusive content us every Sunday for a LIVE walk through Paris filled with history up for the weekly Blue Blonde Rouge newsletter Support the show (

Aug 16

24 min 27 sec

I'm a musician. Learned to play guitar in high school after I watched the movie The School of Rock with Jack Black which inspired me so much that I became a rocker and wanted to have a band! Since then I realized that music is the language in which I can express my feelings, myself, and feel good about it.I lived in a small, conservative city in Croatia where people believed that if you listen to rock or metal and have long hair means you are a Satanist and drug addict. So it was hard to organize a band but I had a couple of small rock and metal bands but this was all in the garage and with friends.After I started studying in Zagreb, the capital city, I started playing guitar on the street. One year I went on a summer busking tour with a friend and met one magnificent man who played bongos and we started playing together. We played together for 2-3 years, almost every day for 1 or two hours on the street, it was magnificent. At that time I started to record some solo original materials under the name Boen Balo.I recorded 2 albums (not in the studio but at home) and started working on the third album but then I went to Paris to live with my girlfriend and work in the American Library in Paris. All my songs are uploaded to SoundCloud and they are free to download and everybody can cover them, no questions asked. I come from a poor family and as a kid, I couldn't access a lot of music but was listening to it from a friend's house. That's why I let my music be free and anybody can cover it, no questions asked, as long as they don't sell it. Creative Commons.The link for the music is here: now I play bass guitar and sing in a rock band called The Let Goes and it's so fun because I love my friend Paul with whom I play - we both feel that music is the way we can express each other. We are also playing original music and slowly recording songs. For now, we have 2 songs recorded but a lot of recorded materials live.Our SoundCloud account where you can find music: Youtube account where you can find live videos, we had a show in February in the bar Le Truskel and it was EPIC: the show (

Aug 11

31 min 38 sec

In this week's episode of Paris History Avec a Hemingway, we continue on with another lady of Marie Antoinette. Gabrielle de Polignac was a constant source of gossip from Versaille to Paris. The fun-loving Polignac was born September 8, 1749, in Paris into the French noble family of the Nouilles. Married in 1767 to Jules de Polignac, captain of the Royal Regiment and a member of the court at Versailles. Through her sister-in-law who was the lady of honor to Madame Elisabeth, she was invited frequently to court. Gabrielle was very beautiful and was easily noticed and even caught the eye of Marie Antoinette. The queen walked up to her and asked who she was and why she hadn’t seen her before to which Polignac replied, “we don’t have the money to live the court life”. Marie liked her honesty and invited her back the next day. Polignac was free-spirited and loved the trappings of life at Versailles at a time when the queen was tired of the formality. Gabrielle encouraged her to spend more time at the Petit Trianon enjoying the casual lazy days. A welcome change from the etiquette and watchful eyes but that came with a lot of problems. Rumors began to spread about Polignac and the queen. Marie Antoinette was already hated by the people and Polignac became public enemy number one. They thought her influence over the queen and her excess was a direct drain on the treasury of France.There was also the rumor that they were lovers which just rallied them all up even more. When the Bastille was attacked, Polignac and her husband were told to leave Versailles. Fleeing with just the clothes on their back and enough bread and wine in their coach they arrived in Switzerland in three days. She stayed in touch with the queen once she was arrested and held in the Temple prison. On January 21, 1793, the king was killed and when the news finally reached her she could barely handle it. Falling ill to tuberculosis, her son tried to keep the news of the queen's death a secret. They were able to shield her until the end of November, a week later on December 5, 1793, the queen of the parties, Gabrielle Polignac died in Switzerland. Support the show (

Aug 9

19 min 46 sec

Victoria Bourgin, born in Ukraine, strongly believes in the power of dreams and in bright colors! After her studies in Sweden, she came to Paris where she worked for 10 years at the most prestigious French fashion houses in Paris including St Laurent and Balmain, and just a month ago she finally realized her childhood dream - creating her own Brand LA JAQUETTE.LA JAQUETTE is a story about the jackets where French know-how, beautiful natural fabrics, fair prices, and a wide choice of colors give life to the perfect combination. 100% made in Paris the jackets can be found at our website www.lajaquette.comInstagram @lajaquette_officialSupport the show (

Aug 4

28 min

One of the most faithful and trusted ladies of Marie Antoinette served by her side until the bitter end. Madame de Lamballe was born in Turin and raised under the iron thumb of her father Prince Louis Victor of Savoy. The duke of Penthievre was keen to marry his son Louis-Alexandre, Prince of Lamballe and descendant of Louis XIV and Madame de Montespan.Their short & rough marriage lasted from January 1767 to May 1768 when he died as a result of his free loving ways. After her husband's death and close with her father in law who would take her to Versailles when a chance meeting drew the young Austrian to her. The two become quick friends in the intimidating world of Versailles. As soon as Marie became queen she named Lamballe as the superintendent of the house, the highest position in the queens domain and even more she was the trusted friend and advisor. Lambale took her job very seriously and as the stress and formality of court pushed in Marie wanted more of the relaxed life of the Petit Trianon. Lamballe was pushed aside for a bit but on October 5, 1789 when the angry group of women called for the queen's head Lamballe was by her side. Three years later she was still there as the Swiss guards were killed at the Palais des Tuileries and the screams filled the halls calling for their death. A few days later on August 19 she was pulled from the arms of the queen and taken to La Petit Force prison where on September 3. 1792 after a “trial” where she refused to denounce the king and queen she was quickly taken to the courtyard where a crowd of angry people awaited her. What happened next was horrific. The rage of the people were taken out on her for hours and her body and head were dragged to the window of the Temple prison where they screamed for Marie Antoinette to look out and see her trusted friend one last time, Her loyal friend until her final breath never wavered her love and support at a time when very few still stood by the disgraced queen. Listen to the full story of the life of Madame de Lamballe now on Paris History Avec a Hemingway on La Vie Creative Podcast, out today, More info and photos: Claudine on Patreon and get more of Paris and all her stories and benefits like discounts on her tours, custom history and exclusive content us every Sunday for a LIVE walk through Paris filled with history up for the weekly Blue Blonde Rouge newsletter Support the show (

Aug 2

26 min 43 sec

Erin Colston is a Texan who followed her dreams to New York to attend American Musical and Dramatic Academy and pursue a career in theater and singing at the young age of 18. After 9 years in the Big Apple and some small successes, she then followed a second dream to Paris. There, she started a musical theater class with 9 students in her first small day camp and it has grown to a full program with 3 locations, a staff of 12 Teachers and assistants, and more than 500 students that pass through the classes, camps, and workshops annually. the show (

Jul 28

32 min 4 sec

Marie Antoinette is known for her style, love of fashion and jewelry and in the end what led to her demise. One woman is behind her look more than anyone else including those amazing hair styles. Rose Bertin had a knack for style that drew the attention of a very devoted following that went back to her early days. Born July 2, 1747 in Abbeville, she moved to Paris and started working at the Trait Galant boutique at just 16 years old. Owner Mademoiselle Pagalle dressed the ladies in the court of Louis XV, and the young assistant was much in demand. It was more about the adornings on the dress then the dress itself. Lace, feathers, jewels and ribbons creating a one of a kind dress that allowed the ladies to stand out at court. On May 11, 1774 the day after Louis XV died and Marie Antoinette became queen of France, Rose was introduced to the young queen by her customer, the Duchess of Chartres. In no time at all, Rose was meeting with the queen twice a week to talk about what she wanted and even designing the very tall hairstyles. Rose refused to follow trends, instead, she actually set them. When Marie wanted a casual dress to wear at the Trianon and the Hamlet, Rose designed a loose white muslin dress that Vigee Le Brun captured on the canvas. While it shocked many that the queen was depicted in such a casual way it became the must-have look in Paris. Working with the queen until her final moments she created the simple dress she wore to the guillotine and then promptly left France. As the very public image of the queen’s excess, her destiny would end much like her famed client if she hadn’t. Spending those years in Belgium and London before returning to Paris in 1795.In 1770 she opened La Grand Mogol, eventually moving it to 26 Rue de Richelieu where it remained until she returned to Paris.  In the early 1800’s she finally closed it after her customers weren’t returning to her like they had before. On September 21, 1813 she died in Epinay-sur-Seine at 66 years old. Rose was the first celebrity fashion designer, created the first fashion magazine thanks to the urging of the Queen and created the mystique of Marie Antoinette that remains today. More info and photos: Claudine on Patreon and get more of Paris and all her stories and benefits like discounts on her tours, custom history and exclusive content us every Sunday for a LIVE walk through Paris filled with history up for the weekly Blue Blonde Rouge newsletter Support the show (

Jul 26

23 min 42 sec

Sunny Buick was born in British Columbia, Canada, and grew up all over Northern California, finally ending up in the Bay Area in her teenage years. In 1986 while attending a high school especially for artists, she started to hang out in the milieu of San Francisco tattooing; and began to tattoo professionally in 1992. She served a formal apprenticeship with Henry Goldfield for 6 years. In 2003 she organized a gigantic art show and catalog called SCI Fi Western, with over 100 artists; which won an award with the Bay Guardian magazine. Shortly thereafter she left San Francisco to realize her adolescent dream to speak French and live in Paris. She has shown in galleries in many parts of the world and in some museums including Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, Foster Museum, Wisconsin, and MIAM (Museum of Modest Arts), Sete, France. instagram: @sunny_buickE: sunnybuick@hotmail.comW: up for her newsletter Support the show (

Jul 21

44 min 24 sec

One of the newest sensations in Paris this summer has been the very long awaited reopening of Samaritaine. It started as a tiny store on the corner of Rue du Pont Neuf by a couple that spent their entire life in retail. Marie Louise Ja Ja, born on July 1, 1838 came from a large family and was forced to start working at a very early age to help support the family. In 1853 she moved to Paris with her aunt and got a job at La Nouveau Heloise selling lingerie. It was at her next job working at the candy counter of the Bon Marche that she met Ernest Cognaq. The two married on January 17, 1872 and opened their own store just off the Pont Neuf. It was located just steps away from the pump house that stood on stilts in the Seine next to the bridge. Built under Henri IV to provide water to the district around the Louvre, the building was topped with a sculpture by Bernard & René Fremin. It depicted Jesus in front of the well of Jacob with a woman known as La Samaritaine. It would stand through the 17th C until Louis XVI had it decommissioned and eventually torn down in 1813. As a young man Ernest set up a small stall under a red umbrella on the bridge selling items. So the name was close to his heart. Marie and Ernest’s store became so popular that they quickly expanded, eventually taking over the entire block all the way to Rue de Rivoli. It was the height of the Parisian department store and to stand out they created practices that are still used today. Letting customers try on clothes, credit accounts, allowing returns, catalog and mail orders. Closer to Marie’s heart was the nursery and hospital for employees and a fund to assist them and to cover medical expenses.The couple created a vast art collection that you can visit today in Paris at the Musée Cognacq Jay, including one of the largest collections of British art in Paris. Marie died in 1925 and Ernest shortly after in 1928. Their beloved store passed through the hands of family until the 1970’s when the days of the large department store shopping waned. In 2001 LVMH bought it and 20 years later it has reopened beautifully. More info and photos: Claudine on Patreon and get more of Paris and all her stories and benefits like discounts on her tours, custom history and exclusive content us every Sunday for a LIVE walk through Paris filled with history up for the weekly Blue Blonde Rouge newsletter ClaudineHemingway.comIG @claudinebleublonderougeFB @bleublonderouge La VIe Creative - Paris History Avec a Hemingway podcast.New Every Monday Live From Paris Every Sunday, filled with the history of the places, buildings and the people that came before us.  Support the show (

Jul 19

25 min 8 sec

Flytographer connects travelers with local photographers in over 350 cities around the globe for fun, hassle-free photo shoots.Inspired by a 2011 trip to Paris, from the desire to capture vacation memories that weren’t awkward selfies or blurry photos from strangers, Nicole Smith set out to solve the gap in the market for vacation photography. Two years later, Flytographer was born.Today, our community of 500+ hand-picked professional photographers has captured over 3 million memories across six continents. We believe that memories are the best souvenirs and connecting with a local artist is one of the best ways to experience a new city.We chat about what it's like to run a company of photographers and how Paris changed her life! the show (

Jul 14

31 min 5 sec

Manet, like most painters, had many models they worked with. Manet found women that not only sat for him but also inspired him. Berthe Morisot was a young art student that had the looks of the dark haired Spanish beauties he was obsessed with. Morisot became an accomplished artist herself and married Manet’s brother, creating a devoted family of artists. Victorine Meuret sat for him in his most scandalous and famous paintings. Naked and looking at the viewer pulling them into the world of a courtesan and a picnic by a river. In one of his very last paintings, he depicted the real life waitress at a popular Paris music hall. The paintings of these three ladies are linked to Manet’s history and live on for generations hanging on the walls of the museums of Paris. In this week's podcast we explore these beloved images and the women behind them. Berthe Morisot met Manet in the Louvre where she was learning how to paint as a copyist and he was captivated by her and wanted to paint her immediately. Le Balcon painted in 1868 showcases Morisot sitting behind the iron railing holding a fan, but my favorite is her portrait. Berthe is shown in black mourning clothes with a very small bouquet of violets, painted in 1872. Victorine Meuret, was called many names including La Crevette for her red hair. Her hair is the last thing you notice in the two paintings she is so widely known for, Olympia and Dejeuner sur l’herbe. When these two paintings appeared at the Salons of 1863 & 1865 he shocked Paris. The naked woman in a contemporary setting caused a backlash that followed him for years, yet today there are just a few of his beloved pieces and always garner a crowd in the Musée d’Orsay. More info and photos: Claudine on Patreon and get more of Paris and all her stories and benefits like discounts on her tours, custom history and exclusive content us every Sunday for a LIVE walk through Paris filled with history up for the weekly Blue Blonde Rouge newsletter Claudine Hemingway Bleu, Blonde, Rouge Author & historianPodcast La Vie Creative, Paris History Avec a Hemingway 🇫🇷Hemingway tours of ParisClaudineHemingway.comIG @claudinebleublonderougeFB @bleublonderouge La VIe Creative - Paris History Avec a Hemingway podcast.New Every Monday Live From Paris Every Sunday, filled with the history of the places, buildings and the people that came before us.  Support the show (

Jul 12

28 min 18 sec

When I first set foot in Paris as a teenager, les pyramides in front of the Louvre didn’t exist, the Musée d’Orsay was a defunct train station with broken windows, and the cathedral of Notre Dame would continue to display a sooty black façade for another twenty plus years. Still, Paris had that certain je ne sais quoi. And, like so many before me, I was hooked…well, nearly.In early 1985, I immersed myself in Provence and in the French way of life as a college student–and was captivated. Though my French needed (a lot) more work, I was touched by everything…the light, the landscape, the colors…the art and architecture that were old…the Roman ruins that were really old…the lively, open-air markets with dazzling fruits and vegetables…strawberries that tasted more strawberry than any I had ever eaten…and of course, the French people who were just so… French. It was truly a feast for the senses.Many degrees in French, a livelihood as a French professor – I started teaching French language and culture in 1989 – and several living stints in France later, I decided to share my passion for all things French beyond the university classroom. I wanted to focus on that magical space where travel, culture and language intersect. And so, my France travel and culture company French Affaires was born.From special insider travel experiences in France, to personalized trip planning for your France travels, to visually illustrated travel and culture lectures such as ‘Paris Urban Design Through the Centuries,’ ‘The Best of Provence – History, Culture and Cuisine’ and ‘Paris Museums Tour,’ to language courses including ‘France for Travelers: All You Need to Know to Have a Fabulous Time in France Every Time,’ I offer many dynamic opportunities to immerse yourself into l’art de vivre–the art of living–the French way. @french_affaires Facebook: @frenchaffaires  Support the show (

Jul 7

42 min 39 sec

Dora Maar from the end of her life until today is widely labeled the “Muse of Picasso”. As with most women in history they are relegated to being a postscript in a man's story, Dora was much more than that. Born on November 22, 1907 Henriette Markovitch in Paris at the Tarnier Maternity Clinic at 89 Rue d’Assas. Her father Joseph was a Croatian architect and her mother Louise-Julie Voisin from Cognac and owned a fashion boutique. In 1910 she headed to Buenos Aires with her parents for her father's job and returned to Paris a few years later. Enrolling in the Union Centrale des Arts Decoratifs and l’Academie Julian in 1923 and 1927 one of the few that allowed women artists. Photography was her art form and from early on her eye for details for her into the exclusive clubs of artists. A meeting with Pierre Kéfer and Louis Chavance would lead her to Man Ray who she asked to work with. Man Ray hired her as a model instead and she was able to work closely with the Surrealist and learn many of his tricks.In May 1931 she officially went by Dora Maar and photographed fashion houses for magazines and publications to pay the bills. Her more artistic work garnered her a place in the Exposition Intl in Brussels for her solo work and collaboration with Kéfer. In December 1935 on a cold night at Les Deux Magots sitting alone and stabbing a knife between her open fingers she caught the eye of Picasso. He was instantly taken with her and her bold personality. Dora was at the top of her game and the peak of her career, Picasso was in the depth of his. Unable to paint or be inspired but that all changed the night he met Dora. The two began a relationship that would last eleven years built on a trust between two artists that inspired each other. Picasso painted her many times including his series of the crying woman. In the final two years of their relationship, her mother died, her father left and she flung deep into depression and manic episodes. Picasso paid for her care and gave her a house in the south but she would spend the rest of her life in seclusion away from the world. Listen to her full story and so much more in the newest episode of Paris History Avec a Hemingway. More info and photos: Claudine on Patreon and get more of Paris and all her stories and benefits like discounts on her tours, custom history and exclusive content us every Sunday for a LIVE walk through Paris filled with history up for the weekly Blue Blonde Rouge newsletter Support the show (

Jul 5

26 min 36 sec

Born and raised in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Karen grew up with the aspiration to be a comedian, a musician, or both… She groomed these crafts from a young age by making everyone around her laugh and beginning a lifetime romance with the flute at the age of 9. She went on to study drama at Temple University in Philadelphia and played in a series of bands.From the age of 30 until she got married, Karen was back and forth between Paris and Philadelphia, working on musical projects and touring (including being the flautist and singer in a Reggae band in Paris). One day her parents came to visit her and Karen, having learned a lot about Paris, was showing them around when her mother exclaimed, “Karen, you would make a great tour guide!”That was the light bulb moment, and as the French say, voila!Paris has been Karen’s stomping ground for over 20 years, and her company is in a unique position to give you the historical background and underground cultural scoops that most walking tours leave out. the show (

Jun 30

36 min 36 sec

Louise Joesphine Weber is remembered more for her adoptive name La Goulue and how she got the name. Born on June 12, 1866, in Clichy the love of dancing was instilled in her at a very early age by her mother. By 1882 she had moved to Montreuil and started dancing at the Moulin de la Galette in Montmartre. Customer and journalist Charles Desteque noticed her and introduced her to a friend, Charles Zidler who would later play a prominent role in her life. In the meantime, she continued to dance at the many bal musettes in Paris including the Closerie des Lillas, Elysees-Montmartre and the Bullier Bal. Charles came back into her life in 1889 when he and Joseph Oller were opening a new stage in Montmartre, the Moulin Rouge, and asked Louise to be their headline dancer. Of course, she jumped at the chance and in no time she was the hit of the stage with her signature move. At the height of the can-can, she would turn her back to the audience and lift her skirt revealing her many layers of ruffles later captured by Toulouse-Lautrec. A perfect duo was created when Louise partnered up with Jules Etienne Edme Renaudin, aks Valentine Montagné, who was also called “the boneless” for his fluid dance moves. The two performed together at the Moulin Rouge from 1890-1895. Toulouse-Lautrec was as much a part of the Moulin Rouge as the can-can and could be found nightly sketching during the show. In 1895 he created his first lithograph “Dance at the Moulin Rouge” with Louise as his subject. The poster made Louise and Toulouse-Lautrec famous overnight. More than 3000 posters filled the streets of Paris. TL would capture her in four paintings and many posters creating a lasting friendship. Louise is better known as La Goulue, the glutton in French and is due to her habit of walking through the crowd and guzzling down the drinks of patrons sitting in the crowd. La Goulue danced until 1895 when she left the stage and became a lion tamer, I can’t make this up. In her later years she could be found walking the streets of Montmartre with her lion on a leash and selling cigarettes outside the Moulin Rouge . There is so much more to her life, be sure to listen to the newest episode of Paris History Avec a Hemingway on La Vie Creative Podcast. More info and photos: Claudine on Patreon and get more of Paris and all her stories and benefits like discounts on her tours, custom history and exclusive content us every Sunday for a LIVE walk through Paris filled with history up for the weekly Blue Blonde Rouge newsletter Support the show (

Jun 28

20 min 26 sec

Rebecca Devaney is a textile artist, researcher, and facilitator. She has recently established Textile Tours of Paris.Rebecca Devaney first landed in Paris in 2017 to follow her dreams and study haute couture embroidery at the prestigious École Lesage. With a BA in Art and Design Education and an MFA in Textile Art and Artefact from the National College of Art and Design in Ireland, there were already two recurring themes in her life, embroidery and inspiring young people.Before arriving in Paris, Rebecca was generously granted funding by the Thomas Dammann Junior Memorial Trust Award to undertake a research trip that aimed to investigate the cultural importance, craft, and aesthetic of Mexican hand embroidery. She traveled all over Mexico to meet craftspeople, artists, ethnographers, and anthropologists to study how embroidery is heavily embedded in their culture. She heard how women embroider their personal stories, memories, and experiences in each beautiful piece of work. Her research resulted in the exhibition Bordados, a collection of photographs, interviews, and textiles, which has been presented internationally and is now part of the permanent collection at the Mexican Consulate to France.Rebecca is also a textile artist and her work has been exhibited in Ireland, the United States, and even here in Paris at the OECD inaugural conference on Violence Against Women. She has completed artist residencies in Abu Dhabi and India, teaching children how to combine creativity and sustainability to create beautiful works of art. She is currently working with Fanatikart in Paris, teaching young children to use embroidery to tell their stories, which will be exhibited at Centre 104. She had always dreamed of incorporating the embroidery and embellishment techniques of haute couture in her textile art practice. Enrolling in École Lesage was her opportunity to do this, to learn the techniques mastered – and, in some cases, invented – by one of the world’s greatest artistic embroidery houses. She spent six months training in the intricate arts of Lunéville embroidery, traditional needlework, and embellishment. After qualifying, Rebecca began working as an embroiderer for the world’s most renowned Maisons de Haute Couture such as Chanel, Dior, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, Dolce and Gabanna, Louis Vuitton, and Valentino. She embroidered gowns for celebrities and royalty worn at the Met Gala Ball, Cannes Film Festival, and of course, Paris Fashion Shows, you could say, she was living the embroider dream life. Rebecca established Textile Tours of Paris in 2019 to share her love of the rich heritage of textiles woven through the fabric of Paris on guided walking tours. She also runs embroidery workshops and the Threads of Connection embroidery evenings at Shakespeare & Company. All of those experiences and passions would soon collide when Rebecca was working with the Irish in France at the Irish Cultural Centre to create children’s costumes from recycled materials for the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Paris in 2020. She was approached by Junk Kouture, a fashion competition founded in Ireland in 2010, which was planning to expand internationally. She knew the competition well from when she worked as an Art teacher in Dublin and had participated each year with her students who absolutely loved it. Rebecca loved the idea of bringing Junk Kouture to the home of Haute Couture!Support the show (

Jun 23

37 min 48 sec

Liane de Pougy at the end of her life was labeled “from whore to nun” but I am getting ahead of myself.  Anne Marie Chassaigne was born June 2, 1869 in La Flèche in the Loire and raised in Brittany. On July 15, 1886, at 17 she married Joseph Armand Henri Pourpee who was a naval officer living in Marseille. Joseph would be gone a lot and Anne Marie filled her time with another man. Suffering from frequent attacks by her husband that left scars on her chest for the rest of her life, it all culminated one night when he discovered her with her lover. He pulled out his pistol and shot at her, nicking her wrist. Anne Marie couldn’t take it much more, sold her piano, left her son with his father and his parents, and moved to Paris. In Paris, she began taking dance lessons from Marie-Therese Mariquita and changed her name to Liane de Pougy. Dancing in the cabarets of Paris she was quickly noticed for her striking beauty standing out in any crowd she stood in. Playwright Henri Meilhac was drawn to her and got her a job dancing at the Folies Bergeres in 1884 and also living the life of one of the most popular courtesans of the time.In 1908, she met the Romanian Prince Georges Ghika who was the nephew of Queen Nathalie of Serbia. Fifteen years younger than her and a prince by name but without much money to his name. The two married on June 8, 1910, and the next day it was on the front page of the New York Times. “Paris professional beauty marries Prink Ghika, who championed her”.  The Prince came across her one day in Saint Germain while being laughed at by a group of people, Liane was wearing a rather large hat and people gathered around her pointing and laughing on the mean streets of St Germain. He stepped in to uphold her honor and got into a scuffle resulting in his arrest for assault. In 1928 they went to Grenoble where she met Mother Superior Marie Xavier of the Sainte-Agnes Asylyn and institute for disabled children. She threw herself into raising money for the institute and tapping into her wealthy friends back in Paris to assist. Staying closely aligned with the church she later in 1943 took the vow of Saint Dominic and changed her name again to Sister Anne Marie de La Penitence.Listen to the newest episode now at La Vie Creative, link in bio. More info and photos: Claudine on Patreon and get more of Paris and all her stories and benefits like discounts on her tours, custom history, and exclusive content us every Sunday for a LIVE walkthrough Paris filled with history up for the weekly Blue Blonde Rouge newsletter Support the show (

Jun 21

25 min 37 sec

Melissa grew up between Australia and the Philippines, singing in choirs and writing her own songs from a young age. She studied Musicology at the Conservatorium of Sydney and went on to work as an opera critic and co-editor of the classical music magazine Limelight.In 2013, she moved to Paris and freelanced as a travel and music journalist, while working at the Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen (selling vintage French pornographic posters, among other bits and bobs) and as a tour guide for runners. As a record label executive with Warner Classics, she worked with some of the most prestigious classical artists in France but didn't dare to make her own music in Paris until she walked into a 'jam' one night and asked to sing. Since then, she has become a familiar face and voice in the Paris jazz milieu, singing for swing balls and péniches, hosting her own weekly jam at the speakeasy Madame Simone, and singing with her troupe of buskers (tap dancer, accordion, etc) in the streets of Paris. She has released two albums (a rockabilly duo and a piano duo with string quartet) and will record the third album of swing 1930s swing in June with the Israeli guitarist Duved Dunayevsky. WATCH LIVE @melissalesnieThe album: for The Music Festival in Paris)YouTube videosIn support of struggling artists in COVID times, she gave a concert outside the occupied Théâtre de l'Odéon... with a troupe of stiltwalkers! the tap dancer Jelly and his troupe we did a Josephine Baker tribute for the Journées du Patrimoine, in the gardens of Josephine Baker's former residence at Le Vésinet... for which the organizers let me wear a Josephine Baker dress. It was pouring with rain so we kept on playing in the shade of her doorway! same tap dancer, Jelly, and my favorite banjo player Ziggy, in the streets of Saint Germain, working the locals into a frenzy! Lady - Track from the album with string quartet the show (

Jun 16

46 min 25 sec

Madame de Sévigné, one of the greatest authors of the 17th century, never wrote a single book. Instead, she is known to us today as a “lady of letters”. Marie de Rabutin Chantal was born February 5, 1626, in the Palais Royal home of her grandparents. By the time she turned seven both of her parents had died and were being raised by her grandparents and uncle Christopher. He would teach her Latin, Italian and Spanish when she was quite young and turned her onto the great literature of the time rarely afforded to girls. In 1644 at 18 she married Henri de Sévigné at the Église Saint Gervais and two children followed. Françoise in 1646 and Charles in 1648 but the marriage would be short-lived, Henri was quite the philanderer and had a difficult time keeping it in check and it would end in his death. On February 5, 1651, his life would end in a duel. Challenged by François Amenieu over Mademoiselle de Gundron, one of his many mistresses. He didn’t fare well and died as a result. Madame de Sévigné at 25 became a wealthy widow which gave her a place in society few women could reach. Men would pursue her but she had no interest in getting married again. To fill her time she attended the salons and events of Paris and began to write letters to friends and family describing the scene and travels of each day. Women could rarely be published unless under a man's name and while she enjoyed the process she couldn’t be bothered worrying about how to publish, so she took to her letters. In 1669 her daughter Françoise married Comte de Grignan who was a widow twice over and much older than she. Their marriage would take François from her mother and Paris to the south of France and the Chateau de Grignan. On February 6, 1671, the first of over 1000 letters sent to her beloved daughter began. Listen to the newest episode now at La Vie Creative, link in bio. More info and photos: Claudine on Patreon and get more of Paris and all her stories and benefits like discounts on her tours, custom history, and exclusive content us every Sunday for a LIVE walkthrough Paris filled with history up for the weekly Blue Blonde Rouge newsletter Claudine Hemingway Bleu, Blonde, Rouge Author & historianPodcast La Vie Creative, Paris History Avec a Hemingway 🇫🇷Hemingway tours of ParisClaudineHemingway.comIG @claudinebleublonderougeFB @bleublonderouge La VIe Creative - Paris History Avec a Hemingway podcast. New Every Monday Support the show (

Jun 14

24 min 5 sec