Among the many finds in this time capsule was a $3 million Giovanni Boldini painting! The grandmother of the apartment owner was discovered to be Belle Epoque, a beloved actress and muse of the famous artist. The dusty love letters were from Boldini to Epoque, no doubt praising her as his beautiful inspiration. I would have loved to explore this apartment myself and revel in the fact that not a single soul had entered it since the second world war.
It’s been said that walking into this time capsule of an apartment is like “stumbling into the castle of Sleeping Beauty, where time had stood still since 1900,” according to the The Telegraph.
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Enjoying the beauty of the town alone makes the trip worth it, as it is situated on the Sorgue River, which creates a “Venicelike feel” with its many canals and bridges. A “sprawling’” Sunday market is also featured, where you can find local produce and meat, soap, antiques, tablecloths, and a host of other practical items.
The lost Paris apartment has also got me wondering about other abandoned apartments in the City of Lights and what proverbial gold they have just waiting to be found. I can’t help but compare the apartment to the abandoned New York City apartment of the legendary Marlene Dietrich, who also left the place untouched in the late ‘70s to live abroad for the remainder of her life. Inside the apartment were furs, Louis XIV furniture, letters, and glitzy mirrors fit for a movie star of her stature. The legend’s heirs eventually sold the apartment.
Have you been to the L’Islesur la Sorgue or know someone who has? Leave a comment and tell me about it.