Space is something essential to social ranking at Versailles. This spot, familiar to all those who visited the Chateau, is called Princes. It is called so because only princes of blood could bring their carriages up to here — this is a XVII and XVIII century priority parking. The porter chairs, previously discussed, could also be brought up to here.

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In the lower left corner of the photo you see a stepping stone, called pas-de-mule, its purpose was to help women, as well as the ecclesiastics, to climb into saddle. Today le pas-de-mule is a little obsolete, but they still keep one or two around to protect the wall against drunk drivers.

Finally, to learn about how the Son-of-the Green-Ape punished the coach-driver of the Spanish Ambassador for stealing a princely parking spot, click here.


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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