Versailles, Local Transportation


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It’s not so much how you travel, but the way you arrive: There! There is a small glory-figure on the side of la chaise à porteurs; she will announce your approach with a trumpet! Still a bit too fancy for me. You see, this box used to belong to the daughter of Monsieur and Madame — yes, the daughter of Philippe of Orleans and the Princess Palatine, Elizabet-Charlotte d’Orleans, the grandmother of Marie-Antoinette. Do I find it effeminate? No…, it’s simply above my station; I’ve been considering another portable chair sold locally — just a modest dark- green box with red trim, out of which I could step with dignity and without fuss. The store is by the Marché de Notre Dame, and they would certainly deliver it to my place…. What would I do with it? I don’t have a garage.

 

Also see https://versaillesgossip.wordpress.com/2011/11/24/versailles-taxi/

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4 Responses to Versailles, Local Transportation

  1. Regina says:

    I own one…this is one that’s restored for sure…not even the the leather top has shrunk! Mine of course is not in this condition, it retains the original paint and silk – though the paint is in craquelure and the silk in areas shredded. The little carpet is fascinating as well. Hard to find Sedan – hope yours gives better mileage and lacks footmen!

  2. Regina says:

    I promise…I know the dangers of back pain only TOO WELL!

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