In a rare instance of planning ahead, we had bought tickets to see the evening fountain show at Versailles on our third night in Paris. Since it ended at 11pm, we opted to stay out there instead of dealing with a late night train or car service.......
With the restrained uniformity of its elegant residential boulevards punctuated by palaces, churches, and flamboyant public buildings, Paris can feel coolly intimidating to the visitor. Yet behind the pale limestone walls and beaux arts edifices untold riches abound. Color, texture and dynamism reward both those who trod the well-worn tourist paths as well those intrepid souls who scratch below the surface seeking out its hidden gems. To follow are some of the highlights of our recent trip there.
A Rich, Full Life, Cut Tragically Short
Pauline Payne Whitney was born in 1874 to William Collins Whitney, financier and political leader, and Flora Payne Whitney, daughter of Senator Henry B Payne of Ohio and sister of Col. Oliver Payne, a board member of Standard Oil. The Whitney’s were immensely rich, and immensely popular.