The Court of Perfume


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The Perfumed Court, that’s how they nick-named Versailles in the XVIII century: Louis XV insisted that perfumes be changed every day, while some of the fountains gave off the monarch’s preferred aroma; there were different perfumes for different occasions and for different articles of clothing; for example, in the days of Marie-Antoinette, they introduced the talc-perfumed suede gloves. Not surprisingly the French Revolution associated perfumes with public enemies; nevertheless, new perfumes continued to be invented, and some were named after guillotine and its operator Sanson. Here I agree with Victor Hugo smells do bring back memories. For a distant echo of decadence and compromise, swing by a small group of boutiques in the vicinity of the Chateau; all three have been inaugurated the day before yesterday and brag a few fresh items invented just for the occasion.

P1014471 (FILEminimizer)This is a very special Guerlain’s perfume to be found just here in Versailles!

P1014466 (FILEminimizer)This is Diptique’s candle available nowhere else but at this boutique!

P1014505 (FILEminimizer)These talc-perfumed gloves will perfume you hands the way they once perfumed the hands of the tragic queen – also unique to this location!

P1014495 (FILEminimizer)And finally to make your outrageous shopping spree more palatable, they offer you this Versailles macaroon, only at the Cour des Santeur! You see how smells direct thoughts…, sometimes from great distance.

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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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3 Responses to The Court of Perfume

  1. Regina says:

    Wonderful to see your back from hiatus and with the Scent of Versailles no less!!

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