Tag Archives: Louis XIV

Un peu de chaos

I love a good period drama, all those gorgeous costumes and lavish sets! And they’re even better if they take place in France. I just finished A Little Chaos on Netflix, starring Kate Winslet as a fictitious garden designer, Sabine … Continue reading

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L’État demeurera toujours

On May 6, 1682, Louis XIV moved the French court from Paris to Versailles. The reasons for the move ostensibly stem back to the Sun King’s childhood. Louis XIII died when his son was only four. During the period of … Continue reading

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Mettre les bâtons dans les roues

The soundtrack to Louis XIV’s life was written by Italian-born composer Jean-Baptiste Lully. Lully was born November 28, 1832 in Florence, Italy. He was brought to France as a boy where he worked scrubbing pots in the kitchen of a … Continue reading

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Avoir les dents longues

While a visit to Versailles may be an obligatory rite of passage when in France, a visit to the château Vaux-le-Vicomte on the outskirts of Paris is infinitely more pleasurable.  This 17th century gem was built by Nicolas Fouquet, the Superintendant … Continue reading

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À tout seigneur tout honneur

  Jean-Baptiste Pocquelin is better known as Molière. He died on February 17, 1673. Playwright and actor, he lived his life half a step ahead of his creditors, despite having been born into an affluent family and having attracted the attention … Continue reading

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Bâtir des châteaux en Espagne

Ever thought it would be fun to live at Versailles? You may soon have the chance to at least stay on the grounds of Louis XIV’s extravagant stage set. The Hotel de Grand Contrôle was built for the Sun King’s … Continue reading

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