It’s As Big As the Small World.


By the way, if you wonder about the bed sizes, know that this is not the Small World; simply at Versailles they were sleeping in a sitting position. The hairdo had cost those poor women a fortune, and to keep it all intact, they had to sleep sitting.  A cat or a small dog was at all times in their lap to protect the hair against the rodents who were attracted by the protein-rich lotions. These lotions, liberally applied to keep the hair upright, made the fashion revolution of Marie-Antoinette possible. Leonard Autier, the queen’s hairdresser, would use up to fifteen meters of ribbon or gauze to build such creations as a la Belle Poule.

It was Leonard Autier who accompanied the Royal family during their failed flight out of the revolutionary Paris. At the horse relay posts the confused instructions of this Academician of High Fashion attracted attention to a very discrete six-horse carriage. The royal couple was recognized, imprisoned and beheaded. What is the best remedy against dandruff? They say, it’s guillotine. I vote for Head and Shoulders. Hm, Head and Shoulders? What kind of a guillotinesque name is that?

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About versaillesgossip, before and after Francis Ponge

The author of the blogs Versailles Gossip and Before and After Francis Ponge, Vadim Bystritski lives and teaches in Brest France. The the three main themes of his literary endeavours are humor, the French Prose Poetry, the French XVII and XVIII Century Art and History. His writings and occasionally art has been published in a number of ezines (Eratio, Out of Nothing, Scars TV, etc). He also contributes to Pinterest where he comments on the artifiacts from the Louvre and other collections. Some of his shorter texts are in Spanish, Russian and French.
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