Friday, October 8, 2010

A little Urban Archaeology to Start off your Weekend...

A friend of mine just posted this story on Facebook (you know who you are!:), which fascinates me and every other history geek/art buff/europhile in Cyberville. Here's the scoop: an old woman died in the south of France recently. She just happened to be the granddaughter of a 19th century socialite who counted a famous artist among her many lovers. What makes this story so great is not just the fact that they found a 'lost' painting worth 2 million euros among her belongings, but that when they unlocked her apartment, they were the first to step foot in it since the 1930s. But it gets better: the granddaughter had inherited it from Grandma Socialite and barely accessed it herself prior to the 30s, which means that this apartment looks just as it did around the year 1898. Holy crap, Batman! This is a major treasure trove, and I hope they turn it into a museum or something. If you're a freak and into abandoned buildings and secret rooms like I am, I encourage you to google more on this story--there are more pictures out there of this place.


CrabbyGolightly: You Can Have The Masterpiece: I'll Take That Parisian Flat

3 comments:

Gorgon Zola said...
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Gorgon Zola said...

This is so friggin cool. I swear I get sooo envious and think I should have been an art historian or an archaeologist when I read stuff like this. This woman, Marthe de Florin must have lived such and amazing life as a Parisian socialite. Her apt. is fabo!! So glad you told me about this. Now this is the stuff romance is made of. Sigghhhh....

Melusine said...

Seriously. I want that flat. Just like it is. I just picture her entertaining her suitors, reading and writing her love letters, dressing for extravagant parties. *Shivers*