Flying the Queen Around


On Mondays when Chateau Versailles is closed to visitors, there is usually still something to behold in the park. Last Monday, 17 September, they were shooting a documentary about all those famous hot-air balloons that Louis XVI flew around Versailles. In 1784 two of the king’s collaborators, Pilâtre de Rozier, who was in charge of the science labs here, and Louis Proust, the king’s chemist, went up three hundred meters in the Montgolfier named after Marie-Antoinette.

For other posts on science at Versailles see When There Is No Fish…, Anal Fistula…, Liquid and Dry….

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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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