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About Peggy Guggenheim

By |February 19th, 2016|

Located on Venice’s Grand Canal, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection is one of Europe’s premier museums devoted to modern art. With masterpieces ranging in style from Cubism and Surrealism to Abstract Expressionism, the collection has become one of the most respected and visited cultural attractions in Venice. Her Collection is recognized as one of Italy’s greatest museums of European and American art of the first half of the 1900s.


Marini’s Angel of the City


Jackson Pollock



Francis Bacon


Saint Malo

By |October 3rd, 2015|

Below are images of Saint Malo. What a quaint and beautiful city!


All the Light We Cannot See

By |September 28th, 2015|



Below are a few excerpts from the premier read of the Washington DC Book Club for women. Anyone care to comment on their favorite passages?

Excerpt: “She has read Around the World in Eighty Days until the Braille is soft and fraying; for this year’s birthday, her father has bought her an even fatter book: Duma’s The Three Musketeers.”
Comment: How times were different. Marie-Laure receives a material gift only on birthdays.

Excerpt: “At midnight, he and Jutta prowl the ionosphere, searching for that lavish, penetrating voice. When they find it, Werner feels as if he has been launched into a different existence, a secret place where great discoveries are possible, where an orphan from a coal town can solve some vital mystery hidden in the physical world.”
Comment: Anything is possible. It doesn’t matter from whence we come. We are indeed all created equal.

Excerpt: “On the morning of her eleventh birthday, she wakes to find two new packages where the sugar bowl should be. The first is a lacquered wooden cube constructed entirely from sliding panels. It takes thirteen steps to open and she discovers the sequence in under five minutes.”
Comment: The beauty and brilliance in how Marie-Laure’s father educates, opens her imagination and sharpens her senses in the absence of her vision.

Excerpt: the chapter entitled Vienna that reveals when Sergeant Major Von Rumpel discovers the story of the prince who could not be killed and the Sea of Flames: “He looks up. Suspended lamps, rows of spines fading off into dusty gold. All of Europe, and he aims to find one pebble tucked inside its folds.”
Comment: Herein lies the loop that ties the two characters together.


Where to Find Good Wines in the Beltway Area

By |September 28th, 2015|

DC Wine StoreWhile this may seem like a ‘duh’ sort of topic, I have found that harboring knowledge of awesome wine shops is quite useful no matter where you galavant in the Beltway area. Enlighten our DC book club readers with your comments, critiques and personal favorites. Go Femmes Elégantes!

Schneiders of Capital Hill
300 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002
(202) 543-9300

McGruders of DC
5626 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20015
(202) 686-5271

5100 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016
(202) 363-3466

Cairo Wine and Liquor
1618 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
(202) 387-1500

Pauls Wine and Spirits
5205 Wisconsin Ave, Washington, DC 20015
(202) 537-1900

Bethesda Chevy Chase Beer and Wine

4701 Miller Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 913-0042

Cork 57 Beer and Wine
4910 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 652-4910

Fenwick Beer and Wine
1327 Fenwick Ln, Silver Spring, MD 20910

(301) 650-5770

Meridian Market and Wine
5230 Tuckerman Ln, North Bethesda, MD 20852
(301) 564-0032

Georgetown Square Wine and Beer
10400 Old Georgetown Rd, Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 530-4555

Belby Discount Beer and Wine
888 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 424-4262