Category Archives: Benjamin Franklin at Versailles

March, Ben Franklin Meets Louis XVI

22 March 1778, it was cold and Benjamin Franklin was dressed in a brown velvet outfit but had neither a wig nor sword about him as he entered the Crystal Gallery where the court, ambassadors and all the twenty Americans … Continue reading

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Versailles, the Street of American Independence

This is not a very long street.  Its former name is la rue de la Surintedance. Under Louis XIV, la rue de la Surintendance was composed of just a few buildings adjacent to the Chateau, all of them crammed on the right. … Continue reading

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Laughing On the Fourth of July

Monday. The Chateau Versailles is closed. They are busy making another TV series about Marie-Antoinette. Two months ago it was Louis XVI, the Man Who Didn’t Want to Be the King. Actually, he wasn’t sure. Good title though. I think it’s a … Continue reading

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