Two Sisters and a family not quite as big as ours.

by tobelikeafeatherby

Dear Ellie,

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You cannot spend time in New England and not be confronted with the Kennedy legacy. Boston has become a shrine to the family with museums and dedications all over the city. As you know I have always loved Jackie O and her sister Lee. Perhaps the 20th centuries most glamourous sisters? I recently discovered this Sofia Coppola interview with Lee. The people they met (or married) and the stories they have to tell are astonishing. They forever loved and were inspired by Europe- Jackie had a degree in French Literature and Lee has lived in Paris and London (her homes are famously spectacular). Lee tells Sofia how as Children this love grew out of visits to the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum in Boston which I visited last week.

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a peek at the courtyard

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the courtyard in all its glory (it was snowing outside)

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My favourite room ‘The Little Salon’

Mrs. Stewart was a wealthy art collector who designed a Venetian Style Palazzo in Boston to house her expansive and impressive collection of lace, furniture, paintings and other wonders she acquired on her travels. The museum reminded me very much of Hearst Castle in California for its extraordinary attempt to emulate European taste in the strangest of surroundings- Snowy Boston or Sunny California. Whilst Mrs. Stewart was alive she used the Palace to entertain but also to inspire artists. The painter John Singer Sargent used a room in the Palace as a studio.

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Mrs. Stewart painted by Anders Zorn. Here she is seen on a balcony in her beloved Venice calling to her friends to admire the fireworks outside.

Much of Jackie’s life was chronicled at the presidential library celebrating her husband’s life which I also visited. Jackie’s idiosyncratic voice was being played throughout the exhibition as well as her belongings and clothes being displayed. The museum is worth visiting for the building itself and the view of Boston from afar.

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Charlie admiring the view.

Charlie admiring the view.

JFK.

JFK.

'Inside' the White House

‘Inside’ the White House

Jackie talking to the poet Robert Frost at a state dinner. Frost taught at Amherst.

Jackie talking to the poet Robert Frost at a state dinner. Frost taught at Amherst.

Jackie's dressing room in the White House.

Jackie’s dressing room in the White House.

HAIM became the soundtrack to my trip. Obsessed. Happy Birthday M and M

Love Sarah xxxx

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