Philip Haas at Chateau Versailles


When I’ve heard about it, my thought was running into the abandoned Labyrinth around eight in the morning to throw itself on the ground for push-ups, and then remaining in the prone position stupefied, as the sun melted the morning haze. Hallucinating! A fiber-glass rendition of Arcimboldo’s painting in the unmowed grass?

Ha! Lower your expectations, the location they had picked for it complies with all the insurance standards. It’s locked up most of the time and well supervised when unlocked. Consequently,  no morning dew on my hands, in real life the surprise is replaced by the interminable boredom saturating the name of that cultural dinosaur, the American Friends of Versailles….

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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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