Tag Archives: Marie Antoinette

Un citoyen

Louis XVI was born on August 23, 1754. I’m sure you all know that he was executed following the French Revolution, but what don’t you know about him? his real name was Louis-Auguste he was his parents’ third son, and … Continue reading

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Une bagatelle

It began as a bet.  In 1775, Marie Antoinette’s brother-in-law, the Comte d’Artois, said he could build a park in six weeks.  She said he couldn’t.  They wagered the equivalent of $200,000.  He won the bet at a cost of … Continue reading

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Chez-soi

There’s a charming little structure on the grounds of Versailles that has always captured my imagination. Tucked behind the Petit Trianon, where Marie Antoinette lived, is what appears to have been a little tea house. It’s not open to visitors; … Continue reading

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Qu’ils mangent de la brioche

Let’s get one thing straight from the outset, Marie Antoinette, born November 2, 1755, did NOT say, “Let them eat cake.” Her full name was Maria Antonia Josephina Johanna and she was born an Archduchess of Austria. She was the … Continue reading

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Le train-train

Jean-Georges Noverre was born on April 29, 1727. As he is considered to be the inventor of modern ballet, his birthday is celebrated as International Dance Day. His father was a Swiss soldier and his parents intended Noverre to follow … Continue reading

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Ici, enfin, je repose

One of my favorite painters, Élisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun, was born today, April 16 in 1755. She was born a stone’s throw from the Louvre in the Palais Royale. Her father was a portrait artist in pastels. He taught Élisabeth … Continue reading

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