The Russians Were Coming…


Without the king there, Versailles is a ghost town. The Chateau had known these times before. After the death of Louis XIV, it was quite uncertain that the Court would ever come back. But there came a sign! In 1717, when Versailles was completely abandoned, the palace borrowed itself a king. Peter the Great was striding around the park, examining closely the facilities, then spent a night in Madam Maintenon’s apartment; there was some heavy drinking, the local girls were invited. Peter I, though not as bad as Duke Orleans, could earn at least a silver medal in debauchery.

One way or the other the kings tend to come back here. Last night walking around town I have bumped into the following sticker attached to a street light, “A KING, why not? A new Royalist Action at 17 rue des Petits-Champs, 75001 Paris.” Who knows, the old way, it may be a new way…

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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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