first_img Related20 top airport tips: How to stay calm and save time at the airportA weekend city break, a big family holiday, or a last minute business trip: whatever the reason you find yourself stressed out at the airport, here are a few insider tips from Skyscanner’s seasoned travellers. From secrets on how to jump the check-in queue to how to get an upgrade.…13 ways to be a Christmas travel heroFind out how to be a travelling Christmas angel this festive season.5 best ways to beat the check-in queueGet your holiday off to a flyer – we reveal the best ways to find the easiest and quickest way to check in for your flight. Unless you’re travelling in a group and are desperate to sit next to your family or friends, don’t join the queues of overzealous passengers who spend 15 minutes queuing to get on the plane just so they can maximise their time waiting to take off onboard the plane.Instead, take your time. If you’re travelling alone, there’s really very little advantage of being the first to board the aircraft, especially on short haul flights. Even that dreaded middle seat is bearable for an hour or two.Similarly, ripping off your seatbelt and attacking the overhead locker as soon as the wheels touch the tarmac isn’t going to make the plane doors open any quicker.Do yourself (and your fellow passengers) a favour; lower your blood pressure by learning the art of patience.Read more Travel TipsReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

first_imgCheap flights carrier Ryanair is basing new aircraft in Bristol and Liverpool ahead of launching more routes from the airports.From March 28th, the airline will launch flights to Faro, Gdansk, Palma de Mallorca, Venice Treviso and Valencia from the south-west airport, with its number of Bristol-based aircraft increasing to five.Two new aircraft will be based in Liverpool in order to accommodate flights to Lodz, Rimini and Trapani, while further new routes will be introduced from Edinburgh and Glasgow Prestwick.In addition, Ryanair will also increase frequencies on two Bristol and four Liverpool flights.Ryanair’s Stephen McNamara said that Ryanair routes at regional airports deliver “millions of passengers” each year.”Ryanair is delighted to announce three new aircraft and ten new routes for Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow Prestwick and Liverpool airports which will deliver 400,000 additional passengers and sustain 400 new jobs while ensuring increased competition and choice for consumers,” he commented.The airline announced earlier this month that the number of passengers travelling on its routes during October increased by 15 percent compared to the same month last year.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedRyanair to launch five new flights from Liverpool in OctoberCheap flights carrier Ryanair will launch five new routes from Liverpool John Lennon Airport this autumn.Flights to Ibiza, Nantes and Pisa on offer by RyanairFlights to Ibiza, Nantes and Pisa on offer by RyanairRyanair announces expansion from three of its basesRyanair has announced that it will expand the number of aircraft at its Alicante, Bristol and Edinburgh baseslast_img read more

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first_img6. Sydney Harbour Bridge ClimbAnother of the more unusual things to do in Sydney is to climb the Harbour Bridge. The highest point is 134 metres above sea level and anyone over the age of 10, who is willing and able, can scale to the top! The most spectacular time is twilight when the city begins to light up. The three and a half hour climb will leave you speechless as you reach the summit and witness the view across the harbour and the whole of Sydney. There are lots of options if you want a shorter (and less terrifying!) climb or want to complete the challenge at dawn instead. 8. Kayak up the SpitTo the right of Harbour Bridge, you’ll see Sydney Harbour Kayaks. If you fancy a day out on the water, messing about in boats in peace and tranquillity, then hire a kayak or two and paddle up stream. Go out at high tide, when you’ll be able to skim through eerie mangrove forests. Although you’re technically still in the city, you’ll feel a million miles away from civilisation. Rent by the hour from $20, or take a guided tour. 3. Sydney Seafood School and MarketIf you love seafood, then Sydney city breaks won’t disappoint. Head for the prestigious Sydney Seafood School where you can learn how to cook it, as well as eat it. You’ll get demonstrations by top chefs, hands-on cookery classes, a delicious meal, complimentary wine tasting and recipes to take home. Be sure to get up early and visit the seafood market next door (from 7am), where you can buy almost anything that lives in the ocean. 15. Mrs Macquarie’s Chair & the Royal Botanic GardenA blaze of colourful flowerbeds, curious bottle trees and palm groves await in Sydney’s Botanic Gardens but it’s the location which makes this a must stop on a Sydney city break. The gardens spread right up to the water’s edge, opposite the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. You can take it all in by having a seat on the famous stone bench, Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, carved out of the rock for the governor’s wife back in the nineteenth century.Opening times: Opens daily at 7am (closing time depends on sunset – see website for seasonal times)Location: Mrs Macquaries RoadPrice: Free Search for flights to Sydney1. Sydney Opera HouseA trip here would not be complete without seeing undoubtedly one of the most well-known international symbols in the world, the Sydney Opera House. Whether you just want to snap the famous sails or see an opera, ballet or unique contemporary performance (there are 40 shows on a week!), this masterpiece of modern architecture is incredibly striking and a must for anyone on a city break in Sydney. 9. Harley motorbike toursIf you fancy a two wheeled trip with the wind in your hair, check out Troll Tours, who offer city excursions on Harley Davidson motorbikes. See the sights just outside Sydney like the nearby Blue Mountains or stop in at the wineries of Hunter Valley – only if you’re not in the driver’s seat of course! Three-wheeler trike tours are also available for up to three people. 13. Sydney FestivalEvery January, hoards of visitors descend on the city for this huge celebration of art, music, performance and world cultures. The programme is wide and eclectic each year, including many free shows, exhibitions and outdoor events in green spaces like Hyde Park. Famous names have performed at Sydney Festival in the past, from Björk to Sir Ian McKellen, and you can expect to see examples of local Indigenous arts, as well as international theatre and even circus shows. 7. The RocksThe Rocks are the place to come for arts venues, museums, cafes and restaurants including the historic Lord Nelson pub, which has been there since 1841. Buildings in The Rocks are the oldest in the city and made from local sandstone, giving the area its name. With breath-taking views and a Bohemian feel, this is the place to meet new friends and kick back in the East Coast sunshine. How to get to SydneyYou’ll most likely fly from London to Sydney, with the best connections from Heathrow Airport and with airlines like Emirates and Qantas. There are no direct flights from the UK to Sydney, so you’ll usually need to stop in Dubai, or Southeast Asian airports like Bangkok, Singapore or Manilla.Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport is 9km outside of the central business district and well-connected by transport links (the train is the quickest and cheapest option). A taxi ride will take about 20 minutes.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Mapcenter_img 11. Bondi BeachDon’t forget to schedule some time to bum around on Bondi Beach, the quintessential Aussie surfer’s paradise, around 7km from Sydney’s centre (30 minutes by public transport). You might spot a seal, check out the community events at the Bondi Pavillion or make like the locals and get up early for a run along the shore. There’s also the Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk, which promises some amazing Instagrammable views and more secluded shores along the way. 2. Sleep over at Taronga ZooWhether you have children or not, the idea of camping on a cliff edge in the centre of Taronga Zoo will excite kids and grown-ups alike. Here you can spend a wild night with the animals, in the comfort of safari-style tent. Before you hit the hay, you’ll be cooked a sumptuous roasted feast and experience up-close animal encounters. On waking to the roar of the lions you’ll get a tour of the zoo before the crowds descend. Book online well in advance. If you don’t manage to bag an overnight spot, the zoo still makes a cracking day out, and even features a rope-bridge adventure course!Opening times: (Normal daytime hours) (May to Aug) 9.30am – 4.30pm; (Sept to Apr) 9.30am – 5.00pmLocation: Bradleys Head, MosmanPrice: (Regular admission; online discounts available) Adults $46, Concessions $36, Children $26 5. Sydney Food TourScrumptious Sydney is one of the best cities in the world to eat in. The produce is fresh, the cuisine diverse. The reasons for the endless variety are Sydney’s “villages” where people from all over the world have settled, from Italians in Haberfield, to Turkish in Auburn, Lebanese in Punchbowl and Greeks in Marrickville. The aromas make it seem as though you really are travelling around the globe and with a themed tasting tour, you’ll be sent home with lots of foodie finds and recipes. 12. Go whale-watching in ManlyThe Northern Beaches of Sydney, across the Sydney Harbour estuary, are some of the most attractive shores around these parts and Manly Beach is prime whale-watching territory. A 30 minute ferry ride from the city and you can find yourself clambering up the rocky outcrop at North Head – the best place to go to see a humpback or southern right whale, or one of the 43 other species of whale that pass by this coast. Aim for late morning or early afternoon for the best chance to spy them. Whale watching tours also leave from Manly esplanade, with guaranteed sightings! 14. Museum of Contemporary Art AustraliaThis cutting-edge institution showcases the best of contemporary Australian art, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, and input from the many different nationalities who’ve settled here over the years. There are often interesting temporary exhibitions and events, too, so check out the programme before your break in Sydney. You’ll find the building at Circular Quay, in a commanding Art Deco building that also marks a significant site in the nation’s history, being the point where the first British ships arrived back in 1788 and first met with indigenous Australians.Opening times: Mon to Tues 10am – 5pm, Wed 10am – 9pm, Thu to Sun 10am – 5pmLocation: 140 George Street, The RocksPrice: Free 4. Sydney ObservatoryFor one of the best views of Harbour Bridge, visit Sydney Observatory. You can see a Planetarium show and look through a solar telescope during the day, but the best time by far is at sunset when you can watch the twinkling lights come on across the city and illuminate the bridge. Combine it with an evening tour of the observatory to observe the starry Aussie sky and learn about the solar system. Why not take a peek through the observatories two telescopes, one of which is the oldest working telescope in Australia?Opening times: (Daytime) Mon to Sun 10am – 5pm (Night tours from 8.15pm but may vary; booking required)Location: 1003 Upper Fort Street, Millers PointPrice: (Night tour) $20-22, Concessions $18-20, Children $16-17; daytime visits free 10. Darling HarbourHang out at this cityside harbour area to catch the real buzz of Sydney. Explore the boats and submarines at the Australian National Maritime Museum, jump on a cruise of the harbour or simply watch the ferries go in and out, sipping an iced beer in one of the cafes or restaurants. Settle in at Cohibar for cool cocktails and a pumping atmosphere as the evening descends and the DJs crank up the volume.last_img read more

first_imgParis, France – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineArgentinean polo player Pablo MacDonough is Richard Mille’s newest brand ambassador. Like the luxury watchmaker’s other ambassadors, MacDonough competes with a Richard Mille watch strapped to his wrist, and his success in his field mirrors Richard Mille’s excellence in the field of haute horology.MacDonough began playing polo at the age of six in the Nueva Escocia Polo Ranch, where Pablo’s father breeds his own horses. Pablo turned pro soon after he finished high school, and in 2001, he gave his career a real jumpstart by winning the “Camara de Diputados Cup” in Buenos Aires. In 2003, he began playing for Ellerstina, one of the best Argentinean polo teams of the last decade, where he played eight seasons and won the 2010 Argentinean Triple Crown.Pablo MacDonough, who holds titles from The Argentinean Polo Open (twice), Hurlingham Open (four times), Queen’s Cup (twice) and UK Gold Cup for the British Open (once), is considered to be one of the best polo players in the world. In May 2011, he joined the elite crowd of the Richard Mille Polo Team alongside Prince Bahar Jefri.Richard Mille decided to get involved in polo—an extreme sport requiring physical performance and endurance—to address new technical challenges and test innovative solutions in the world of haute horlogerie.Pablo MacDonough stands alongside Felipe Massa, Rafael Nadal and Bubba Watson in wearing a Richard Mille watch during his tournaments, the RM010 Black Night. From 2012, he will wear an exceptional timepiece crafted specifically for him, which will also be a limited and numbered edition. The watch, designed to withstand extreme conditions, will be unveiled at the SIHH 2012.www.richardmille.comlast_img read more

first_imgThe Kempinski Hotel River Park Bratislava has a perfect location only minutes away from the Old Town and the ancient castle, just a stone throw from Bratislava and Vienna International Airports. The hotel is a dominant feature of the River Park complex which has turned the Danube riverside into a trendy promenade with many shops, bars and restaurants. It is close to the best of everything in the city – historical monuments, shopping, and streets pulsating with life – and there is the green tranquillity of the flood plain forest along the river, ideal for jogging or cycling.Designed by the award-winning Dutch architect, Erick van Egeraat, the state-of-art L-shaped building is a unique combination of glass, metal and wood.There is a choice of Superior, Deluxe, Executive Club, and Suite accommodations, crowned by the 450 sqm, 3-bedroom Presidential Suite with a large terrace whose wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows face onto Midtown and riverside. All rooms are beautifully furnished and feature a large marble bathroom, spacious seating and work area with full sized desk and king-sized bed. Additionally, all rooms are equipped with comprehensive facilities including free high speed Internet access. Many of the hotel’s 231 spacious guest rooms and suites housed on eight floors offer stunning views of famous Danube river and the city skyline.One of the most unique features of the Kempinski Hotel River Park is definitely the rooftop ZION Spa and Fitness centre, offering 1,500 sqm of luxurious space overlooking the water and greenery on the other side of the Danube. The comprehensive spa menu offers fabulous services to fit any schedule, including unique Alpha Sphere – a combination of sound, light, and space providing an out-of-this-world relaxation experience.A feast for the eyes and soul, the Kempinski Hotel River Park offers inspired culinary creations to be enjoyed in a choice of unique settings. German Executive Chef – Béla Rieck – brings an extensive international experience to the hotel and creates innovative dishes, fitting with hotel’s contemporary and modern style. Arte Restaurant is the hotel’s signature restaurant. It provides a dining experience that reflects Bratislava lifestyle, offering panoramic views of the Danube River, the freshest produce in an innovative and contemporary menu, an extensive wine list with friendly and highly efficient service. Chef´s original crab meat cake or Wagyu diamond label tenderloin are not to be missed. Apart from the delicious menu and popular Business lunch, the River Bank Brasserie offers a variety of grilled dishes including the best of freshwater fish and seafood. Additionally, guests can experience the live carving and food preparation at the table, in the warm weather also on the summer terrace with Danube river view. Park Lounge, located on the ground floor, is a perfect place to meet friends or business partners and choose from healthy salads and fresh juices, light lunch menus and snacks, cocktails or wines. After a long business day, guests can savour their cigar in the cozy atmosphere of the Churchill Cigar Club with a selection of the best spirits and tobaccos in the world.The high standard of hotel services will be enhanced by conference facilities with comfort sufficient for hosting international congresses. The eleven conference rooms have the latest audio-visual and conference technology perfectly integrated into their design and complimentary high-speed internet: some of the rooms are with floor-to-ceiling windows or terraces offering stunning river views.Bratislava – an emerging and still relatively undiscovered tourist destination on the border with both Austria and Hungary is often referred to as the Beauty on the Danube. The charming cobble-stoned streets of the Old Town lead to many beautiful monuments and museums, which attest to Slovakia’s rich cultural heritage. The Bratislava Music Festival, Bratislava Jazz Days, the Opera and Ballet of the Slovak National Theatre, concerts by the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra or the Summer Festival of Culture and Arts guarantee a great cultural experience. Bratislava is also one of the youngest capitals in the world and the changing and vibrating atmosphere of a city seeking its own identity is fascinating! The city also offers great shopping, nightlife, romantic river cruises or wine tasting in the surrounding read more

first_imgLa Maison du Chocolat’s exquisite bite-sized desserts and elaborate pastries are welcome year-round, but since Memorial Day, the legendary chocolatier has been offering an exclusive variety of summer flavors and designs. But act quick – the newest additions to the repertoire are only available until Labor Day.Inspired by Spanish gastronomy, the newest chocolates take flavors from Iberia and artistic arabesques from Andalusian architecture. The Dark Chocolate Ganache is infused with orange in a dancing pattern traced from the courtyard of the Great Mosque of Cordoba and the Dark Chocolate Ganache with Saffron and Raspberry pays homage to Spain’s legendary spice, strengthened with a modern fruit twist. Other new flavors include Milk Chocolate Praline with Nougat, Mint Tea and Dark Chocolate, and Almond Paste with Lemon and Lime – all available in sunny orange gift boxes ($19-$56).Exclusive to the boutiques, however, is the Summer Collection Pastry and Desserts assortment, an array of refreshing confections especially developed to beat the heat. The Maracuja Island layers delicate cream, blended with banana, passion fruit, mango and lemon, on a chocolate biscuit, toasted coconuts and chocolate mousse, a creation which screams summertime ($35). Likewise, the lightness of the Maison Lemon Tart relieves the sweet tooth, a chocolate Breton Sable crust topped with a chocolate biscuit and thin layers of Maison strawberry preserves and lemon cream ($35).La Maison has also included a new, a very Spanish, accent to the collection: Pistachio Macarons. With the shell of a traditional pistachio macaroon, the house adds a think layer of chocolate ganache in the middle, a surprise that accentuates the pistachio flavor and sticks to what La Maison does best: chocolate.La Maison du Chocolat’s Summer Collection is available at their boutiques in New York: Madison Avenue, Rockefeller Center and Wall Street. Visit read more

first_img FILE – In this July 15, 2015, file photo, director Woody Allen attends a special screening of “Irrational Man,” hosted by The Cinema Society and Fiji Water, at the Museum of Modern Art, in New York. In her first televised interview, Dylan Farrow described in detail Allen’s alleged sexual assault of her, and called actors who work in Woody Allen films “complicit” in perpetuating a “culture of silence.”. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) In TV interview, Farrow describes alleged Allen assault by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Jan 18, 2018 6:50 am PDT Last Updated Jan 18, 2018 at 9:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – In her first televised interview, Dylan Farrow described in detail Woody Allen’s alleged sexual assault of her, and called actors who work in his films “complicit” in perpetuating a “culture of silence.”Farrow, the adopted daughter of Allen and Mia Farrow, appeared in a taped interview Thursday on “CBS This Morning.” Farrow recounted the 1992 incident, when she was 7 years old, in which she said Allen molested her in her mother’s Connecticut home.“With so much silence being broken by so many brave people against so many high-profile people, I felt it was important to add my story to theirs because it’s something I’ve struggled with for a long time,” Farrow said. “It was very momentous for me to see this conversation finally carried into a public setting.”Farrow, now 32, described being taken to a crawl space by Allen.“He instructed me to lay down on my stomach and play with my brother’s toy train that was set up,” she said. “And he sat behind me in the doorway, and as I played with the toy train, I was sexually assaulted,” Farrow said.Allen was investigated but wasn’t charged, and he has long denied inappropriately touching Farrow. In a statement Thursday, Allen reiterated his denial and said “the Farrow family is cynically using the opportunity afforded by the Time’s Up movement to repeat this discredited allegation.”“I never molested my daughter — as all investigations concluded a quarter of a century ago,” Allen said.After a seven-month investigation, a team of child-abuse specialists at Yale-New Haven Hospital concluded Dylan was not been molested. The doctor leading the investigation, John M. Leventhal, later said in a sworn statement that he theorized Dylan either invented the story or had it planted in her mind by her mother. But Connecticut state attorney Frank Maco says there was “probable cause” to charge Allen with molesting Dylan and that police had drawn up an arrest warrant, but that he decided not to pursue the case, in part because it would traumatize Dylan.Allen noted that Dylan’s older brother Moses has said he witnessed their mother coaching Dylan. “It seems to have worked — and, sadly, I’m sure Dylan truly believes what she says,” said Allen. Farrow’s younger brother Ronan Farrow, who has written several exposes for The New Yorker on Harvey Weinstein, has supported Dylan’s claims.Dylan Farrow first spoke publicly about the incident in a 2013 Vanity Fair article and a 2014 open letter to The New York Times. On CBS, she called Allen’s version of events — that a distraught Mia Farrow coached her story — “crazy.”“What I don’t understand is how this crazy story of me being brainwashed and coached is more believable than what I’m saying about being sexually assaulted by my father,” Farrow said on CBS.Dylan now lives married with a 16-month-old daughter in Connecticut. When a clip from a 1992 “60 Minutes” interview of Allen denying the allegation was played, Farrow began crying.“He’s lying, and he’s been lying for so long. And it’s difficult for me to see him and hear his voice,” Farrow said.In recent days, several actors who have worked with Allen have distanced themselves from the 82-year-old filmmaker.Timothee Chalamet on Tuesday said he will donate his salary for an upcoming Allen film to three charities fighting sexual harassment and abuse: Time’s Up, the LGBT Center in New York and RAINN. The breakout star of “Call Me By Your Name” said he didn’t want to profit from his work on Allen’s “A Rainy Day in New York,” which wrapped shooting in the fall.Rebecca Hall (“A Rainy Day in New York,” ”Vicky Cristina Barcelona”), Mira Sorvino (“Mighty Aphrodite”), Ellen Page (“To Rome With Love”), David Krumholtz (“Wonder Wheel”) and Griffith Newman (“A Rainy Day in New York”) have all in some way distanced themselves from Allen or vowed they wouldn’t work with him again.last_img read more

first_imgThe Latest: Chef at French presidential palace lauds Bocuse by The Associated Press Posted Jan 20, 2018 7:36 am PDT Last Updated Jan 20, 2018 at 8:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PARIS – The Latest on the death of French chef Paul Bocuse at 91 (all times local):4:30 p.m.The head chef at the Elysee presidential palace says the best way to honour Paul Bocuse is to keep sharing his passion for French gastronomy.Guillaume Gomez told BFM television that Bocuse created a soup in 1975 at the Elysee, made from truffles, foie gras, chicken, carrots, onions, celeriac and mushrooms, for then-president Valerie Giscard d’Estaing.Gomez said the soup is still served at the presidential palace under the name of “Elysee soup.”Gomez, who met “Mister Paul” several times, said Bocuse was the first to widely appear in the media so that chefs’ work was better recognized.___3:55 p.m.The wife and children of master French chef Paul Bocuse want to honour their “captain,” who has died at 91.In a joint statement Saturday, they said that “more than a father and husband, he is a man of heart, a spiritual father, an emblematic figure of world gastronomy and a French flagship who is gone.”The statement is signed by Bocuse’s wife Raymonde, their daughter Francoise, and his son Jerome who he had with another companion.They stress that Bocuse loved life, loved transmitting his knowledge of the kitchen to other chefs and loved the team of chefs that he worked with in his hometown of Collonges-au-Mont-d’Or. The family says “these values will forever continue to inspire us.”___2:55 p.m.French President Emmanuel Macron has paid tribute to chef Paul Bocuse, the man who embodied French cuisine all over the world.Macron praised Bocuse’s “fidelity” to his village of Collonges-au-Mont-d’Or, near the eastern French city of Lyon, where he was born, created his world-famous restaurant and died Saturday at age 91.In a statement, Macron underlined Bocuse’s “generosity, his respect for traditions as well as his inventiveness.” Macron said Bocuse had helped train French and foreign chefs up to his last few days.The French president says “French gastronomy loses a mythical figure … The chefs cry in their kitchens, at the Elysee and everywhere in France.”___1:45 p.m.Paul Bocuse, the master chef who defined French cuisine for nearly half a century and put it on tables around the world, a man who raised the profile of top chefs from invisible kitchen artists to international celebrities, has died at 91.Often referred to as the “pope of French cuisine,” Bocuse was a tireless pioneer, the first chef to blend the art of cooking with savvy business tactics — branding his cuisine and his image to create an empire of restaurants around the globe. His imposing physical stature and his larger-than-life personality matched his bold dreams and his far-flung accomplishments.Interior Minister Gerard Collomb tweeted Saturday that “Mister Paul was France. Simplicity and generosity. Excellence and art de vivre.”last_img read more

first_img FILE – In this Feb. 12 2016 file photo, a visitor takes a picture of Gustave Courbet’s 1866 “The Origin of the World,” at Musee d’Orsay museum, in Paris. She was a courtesan living from subsidies provided by rich men – but preferring the company of women – and ended her life as a very honorable patroness helping orphans. Mademoiselle Constance Queniaux was 34 in 1966 when the French master Gustave Courbet painted her in L’Origine du monde (The Origin of the World), a realistic close up of a woman’s naked torso, legs spread and face hidden by a rumpled sheet. French literature expert Claude Schopp found by chance the mention of her name in a letter by French writer Alexandre Dumas fils, the son of The Three Musketeers’ author. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File) PARIS – She was a courtesan who relied on financial support from rich men —but preferred the company of women— and died with a reputation as an honourable patroness of orphans.These are some of the biographical details unearthed by a French scholar who says he has identified the model for a famous 19th century nude painting by artist Gustave Courbet.Constance Queniaux was 34-year-old in 1866 when the French master painted “L’Origine du monde” (The Origin of the World), French literature expert Claude Schopp said this week. The painting depicts a naked woman lying on her back with her legs spread and her face hidden by a rumpled sheet. The focus of the piece is her genitals.Schopp said his discovery came by chance when he found Queniaux mentioned in a letter by French writer Alexandre Dumas fils, the son of “The Three Musketeers” author.The letter said the woman having “the interior” put to canvas by Courbet was Mademoiselle Queniaux “from the opera.” The letter also suggested she was the mistress of an Ottoman diplomat, Halil Serif Pasha, known as Khalil Bey.Schopp had never heard of her, but immediately made the link with “L’Origine du monde.”Like a detective, he followed the trail from the last name and profession clues. He concluded she was Constance Queniaux and confirmed the conclusion with the help of France’s national library experts. Original photographs of her were held at the library.“She had left very few traces, but enough to follow her,” the scholar said.Queniaux’s name was known to few people at the time — and that’s how the identity of the woman in the painting was hidden for 150 years. The painting, too, remained secret as successive owners were afraid to display it.Her birth certificate showed she was born in northern France to a single mother who was a textile worker and an unknown father.At the age of 14, she joined the opera of Paris as an aspiring dancer. The wages were low and ballet dancers needed “protectors” to pay for costumes and classes, Schopp said.“She’s going to live from men, but she mostly lives with women,” he said.Queniaux lived for a while within a group of female dancers and comedians, but proved to be “second rank” as a dancer, according to Schopp. She left ballet at age 28 and became the occasional mistress of Khalil Bey.A very wealthy art collector, he was also a womanizer.He commissioned two paintings by Courbet, including “L’Origine du monde,” which he kept behind a green curtain for his private viewing pleasure.“She couldn’t refuse anything to Khalil Bey… and I think that’s when she’s starting her path as a woman growing rich,” Schopp said.To pay gambling debts, Khalil Bey sold his art collection in 1868. The model for his painting eventually became an aristocratic-like figure.At the end of her life, Queniaux’s courtesan past was almost erased. She had a rich social life, owned a seaside villa in a Normandy and dedicated her days to helping orphans, poor artists’ children and disabled people.Queniaux never married and had no children.“Her testament obviously shows a great affection for her housemaid, so it seems she felt a special tenderness for her but I wouldn’t go further,” Schopp said.She passed away in 1908. The sale of her assets showed she owned a beautiful painting from Courbet: a bouquet of flowers.“L’Origine du monde” was donated to the Orsay Museum in Paris in 1995. French scholar names model for artist Courbet’s famous nudecenter_img by Sylvie Corbet, The Associated Press Posted Sep 28, 2018 10:31 am PDT Last Updated Sep 28, 2018 at 11:21 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more