The Pool of Neptune So Lonely Without Stephane Bern


It’s been quite sunny lately, then suddenly turned very cold. At Chateau of Versailles the frozen pools of water look gray under the crust of ice. At the pool of Neptune you can do Stephane Bern and gliss around the surface. It must be deep down there. This is the deepest pool of the domain. The pool is free! Free of the platform and the seats and we are free to walk there, and we walk there for free….  

With all due respect to Stephane Bern, these fountains have little to do with Louis XIV, it is a Louis XV project; the giant lead sculpture looks a little out of place; perhaps this is why the pool quickly became a local cloaca, an early example of functional art! Under Louis XV they could no longer dump the chamber pots out of the windows, something happened to the young Marie-Antoinette. They say it came out of the window of Madame Du Barry. Well, this had to stop. 

So they were dumping them out here…. Louis XVI wanted to put the indoor plumbing, but the expenses of his wife and the American Revolution wouldn’t let him. So the Pool of Neptune was receiving the kitchen ordures and the waste from the stables, definitely not the place to take a damsel for a walk…. Napoleon was next to conceive a major renovation project, but the Russian Campaign got in the way….No luck! Better this way, I’ll go now to the Star Grove to relieve myself…. If someone is looking for me, tell them I need to make a quick phone call to Stephane Bern.


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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