Petit Trianon

A few of our team spent April in Paris, and one of their expeditions was to Versailles where they toured the neoclassical château and grounds of Petit Trianon. This is where Marie Antoinette would come to escape the formality of court life and would invite only her closest circle of friends to share in the exclusivity of this retreat. I began to research this Neoclassical chateau along with the purpose of Petit Trianon being an escape, a point of refuge to the Queen.

When you put in a hard day at work, I completely understand the need for privacy, a retreat of your own to relax your way.  This could be walking through your personal gardens, delighting in private dining with food served on porcelain dishes {Sèvres} or good old paper plates. It’s your call and at the end of a day, there’s nothing like a genuine retreat where you may be cozy with a dash of elegance in the mix

I’m obtaining or researching ideas from Versailles to implement at Heath. I’ve been adding elements to our family room to create an evening retreat for cozy dinners and an occasional night of television.

Destination: Philadelphia

Two weeks ago a few of us popped up to Philadelphia by way of Amtrak from DC, which in itself is a wonderfully civilized way to travel by not dealing with the I-95 corridor on a Friday. The City of Brotherly Love is a hybrid of classic and cool, along with being less than 2 hours from home. You can’t help exploring the city’s land-marked buildings and cobblestone streets, along with checking out the booming food scene. Our first stop was in the midtown village, where we had dinner at a vegan restaurant called “Charlie was a Sinner”. It’s a swanky cocktail bar that serves meals on “small plates” with a menu that showcases a variety of cultures, such as Mediterranean, Korean, and Italian. We ordered a few plates to share and ended up taking a few items back to the hotel.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is a must, outside of seeing the “Rocky” steps. You have to check out the adjacent Rodin collection, it’s the largest public collection of the sculptor’s work outside of Paris and when you walk into the gallery the first item to view is a copy of Rodin’s The Kiss. Carved in marble in 1929 the artist focuses our attention on the couple’s heads, while using their hands to convey the sensitivity of the moment.

Don’t forget adding The Barnes Collection to your itinerary. They have a stunning assemblage of impressionist, post-impressionist, and early modern paintings by Renoir, Cezanne, Matisse, and Picasso.

Travel stylishly,