Welcome to the THATLou blog. If you type the theme of the hunt you’ve chosen in the search box, articles will pop up that just may help you answer bonus questions. When fragments of text are in bold, that probably means it’s going to help with a precious bonus question. Now how’s that for incentive to learn about museum treasure?!?                             Happy Hunting! Daisy

Group shot in front of Le Senat by Lindsey Kent, of Pictours Paris

THATRue Review

Last weekend’s THATRue launch was an overall blast and the best 2-year THATLou Birthday Bash I could’ve hoped for. All of our adrenaline was pumped and spirits were bubbling by the time we regrouped for a drink near St Michel. While our blogging cohorts were swapping silliness from the hunt co-hosts Kasia Dietz, of Kasia […]

Kunitoraya, photo credit: Le Figaro

Things to do in Paris: Where to eat near the Louvre

By Doni Belau, Founder of Girls’ Guide to Paris Of all the things to do in Paris, going to the Louvre is on the top of nearly everyone’s must-do list. I personally tire of it because the place is so huge it can overwhelm which is why I recommend taking THATLou’s Treasure Hunt at the Louvre […]

interior clock

THATd’Or Photos, part III

Continuing on the photo series started here and here, I’ve been having fun depositing candidate shots for the imminent THATd’Or website. If you have any faves of the below I’d love to hear from you! And in the meantime thanks so much to those of you who’ve emailed or left comments on the blog. It’s […]

those couches are so funny, once in they're hard to get out!

THATd’Or Photos, part II

I’ve been having a ball photographing the Musée d’Orsay for the imminent THATd’Or website. The hardest part, however, is the editing process. For those of you who’ve seen the THATLou website, there’s a slightly transparent text box that covers a third of the photo. Every time you change a page a new photo of the […]

Should the new THATd'Or website be in color or black and white?

THATd’Or Photos, part I

  Recently my attention has taken a handful of dips south of the Seine to the lovely Musée d’Orsay. Last year we did the soft launch of THATd’Or (Treasure Hunt at the Musée d’Orsay, of course!) in conjunction with the AFMO (American Friends of the Musée d’Orsay), but it’s taken me an age to unroll the THATd’Or website […]

Musee de l'Orangerie, photo by Lilian Lau, of http://www.lilianlau.com/

Musée de l’Orangerie

Now that’s a great photo, no? Lilian Lau is a jack of many trades: from a post-doc science researcher to a wonderful travel writer (links to a sampling are below). After first meeting her at last January’s THATd’Or  (created in conjunction with the AFMO), Lilian generously put me in touch with Camille Breton, of Science Académie, for whom I […]

La Morte St Innocents, 16th C French, Alabaster, Louvre

Trilogy of Death – Part III

So then, tonight is the eve of our skull-scouting Treasure Hunt au Louvre, itself the eve of Halloween – Halloween in turn being the eve of La Toussaint or All Saints’ Day. In the past few days I’ve banged on a fair bit about the truly grisly Cimitière des Innocents. First touching on numbers of […]

WikiCommons - Une des 17 gravures sur bois de la Danse macabre du cloître des Saints Innocents à Paris. Publiées en 1485 par deux éditeurs parisiens, Guyot Marchant et Verard, elles furent diffusées dans toute l’Europe. Le seul exemplaire parvenu jusqu'à nous se trouve à la bibliothèque de Grenoble.

Trilogy of Death – Part II

So yesterday we spent a sunny Sunday pondering the dead at the Cimitière des Innocents (CDI), once Paris’s largest and oldest graveyard smack dab in the middle of town (where the Renaissance Fontaine des Nymphs, aka Fontaine des Innocents** currently is, near the RER Les Halles station). Our cliffhanger left us off with figures; when […]

Dance of Death (woodcut) Holbein the Younger, 1491 (German printed edition, folio CCLXI recto from Hartman)

Trilogy of Death, Part I

The grisly Death Hunt isn’t far from us – just three days from our night-of-darkness Halloween hunt! Our Black-Clad Hunters will be tasked to find all sorts of skulls, from Death overlooking 17th C Dutch Vanitas scenes, Egyptian Mummies, Roman Sarcophagi, and there’s even a silver ‘skull clock’, as seen below. To merge the two […]