Category Archives: Marie-Antoinette

The First Queen of Versailles

From a very early age and in spite of an ongoing bloody war between her country and that of her future husband, Marie-Thérèse never doubted her destiny as the Queen of France. She was a little short, a little plump, … Continue reading

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Marie-Antoinette Milk and Dark

There are two kinds of Marie-Antoinette chocolate bars you can buy at Versailles Monoprix, Marie-Antoinette Milk and Marie-Antoinette Dark. I tested them both and report that although I really like the packaging on the first, I prefer the taste of … Continue reading

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A Beheaded Turkey

This image of a beheaded turkey wasn’t more shocking than the rest, but it was the first, as I walked up the stairs into the hallway of the XVIII century Ministry of the Foreign Affairs, the today’s municipal library, 5 … Continue reading

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Marie-Antoinette for Idiots

This is a new book on the old subject. The difference between this one and the others is the brutal directness with which the tragic queen is treated. Marie-Antoinette for Idiots gives us a woman of her times completely de-mystified. I suppose … Continue reading

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Life of a Princess

It is a little awkward, but I am yet to meet a boy who would like to be a prince — a fireman, a policeman, maybe even a gynecologist, anything but a prince; consequently, it is to the aspiring little princesses that … Continue reading

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The Court of Perfume

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 … Continue reading

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Christmas and Versailles

There exists a painting showing the little Marie-Antoinette with her family on Christmas morning — the future Queen of France hops around the room with a big doll she had received as present. Unfortunately, Saint-Nicolas would not travel as far as … Continue reading

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