Posts Tagged ‘Seine’

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Swimsuits in 1810 Paris…

Parisians used to love to bathe in the Seine. Horrendous pollution notwithstanding, in the 18th century every summer saw people swimming in the river, generally in the nude. Only at the onset of the French Revolution was skinny-dipping outlawed, for men and women. Hence these early 19th century bathing suits, shown in a print posted […]



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Happy birthday to the United States, and to me!

One thing I have missed since leaving the United States is the fireworks on my birthday. My son used to think it was a appropriate way for the entire country to celebrate my achievements. Now he knows better… Don’t cry for me, though. I celebrated with a wonderful lunch on the Ile Saint-Germain, one of […]



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The Seine River (and drinking water) in 18th century Paris

The early reviews of For the King praise my portrait of 1800 Paris. This, needless to say, makes me very happy. I do not wish to limit my novels to the glamorous aspects of aristocratic life, and strive to show Paris as it really was: a bustling, vibrant, but overcrowded, smelly, dirty city. The Seine […]