The Venetian Nights Of Chateau Versailles


This must be the stupidest pastime invented by man– fireworks. In 1751 one of the stray rockets had hit the Bigger Stables. The crowd had something to watch for two days! This tradition lives on. Every summer we have a couple of shows bringing together close to nine thousand people to stare into the sky for an hour. The Venetian Nights is an event to which the seats are sold so we could watch it in style.

On the upper side, did you know that Vivaldi wrote poetry? They recite some of it, then crank up his Four Seasons, and let the rockets rip through the music. The half a dozen of gondolas float up and down the Grand Canal. They fly around an inflatable dragon and a hot-air baloon with a shy trapeze artist dangling off it. Quite a show!

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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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