Versailles, Local Transportation


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.


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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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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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