New York City

Happy Birthday Delmonico’s!

Delmonico’s turned 180 years old this week, and its current incarnation turned up and turned out in style to celebrate the amazing milestone with Gilded Age celebrities, costumes, and food. Granted, one hundred and eighty years means that despite the grand restaurant being synonymous with the Gilded Age, it was founded well before the robber …

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TV

REVIEW: Million Dollar American Princesses

My Twitter feed was filled to the brim with ads for the Smithsonian Channel’s Million Dollar American Princesses in the weeks leading up to the premiere of Downton Abbey‘s fifth season. The American heiress in 19th and 20th century Europe is a topic that never grows old for me, and I was aggravated that I …

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Season

Wintering Along the Riviera

Until the popularity of tanning in the 1920s and 1930s, the French Riviera, which stretched along the beautiful southern coast of France from Hyères to Mentone, was démodé for the upper crust during the summer. As such, the Edwardians considered it a winter playground, during which January was its high point. During the Riviera Season, …

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