Versailles Bordello


This old picture of Versailles I have found on Internet. The title got my attention — Versailles Bordello. It is eerie that I could recognize the place. Not the building, there are several similar buildings in Versailles, but the street, for there is only one street in Versailles which has these buildings, plus a cobble-stone pavement, complete with an elevated curb.  This curb I know quite well, jogging up and down this street, the Street of Old Versailles. So, yesterday I went out for a jog. You guess where I went. Yes, just to make sure. It is not that I was ever in doubt. My feet know every crack there. And it may sound as if I was happy to recognize the location… sure, in the beginning…, but very soon, unable to pin down the building, I have worked myself all up. I ran up. I ran down. I slowed my pace to a walk. I’ve stopped. This one! Oh no — that one. This was the situation described in Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves: I could not find the mark I thought I have inscribed on the damn door. And also, you may think that I am nuts, but it could be the true reason — the woman wasn’t there.

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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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