Tag Archives: Versailles

Un belvédère

One of the beautiful garden features at Versailles is le Belvédère on the grounds of the Petit Trianon.  Un belvédère (uhn bell-vay-dare) refers to any small building that offers a viewpoint. It was built between 1778 and 1781 for Marie-Antoinette … 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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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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S’attribuer le mérite

French baroque architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart was born on April 16, 1646. He was the chief architect to Louis XIV for whom he expanded Versailles from a hunting lodge to a testament to the power of the Sun King.  In Paris, … Continue reading

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Avoir un petit goût de revenez-y

Until October 9, 2011, the Grand Trianon at Versailles is host to an interesting exhibit. “Le XVIIIe au goût du jour” juxtaposes 18th century interiors and accessories with modern fashions that reflect the same ethos. From Christian Dior to Vivienne … Continue reading

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Il faut cultiver notre jardin

Landscape architect André Le Nôtre was born on March 12, 1613 but his influence on the layout of Paris and the most important gardens of France is still felt almost four hundred years later.  The formal style of gardens you … Continue reading

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De fil en aiguille

If you need new decorative trim for your château, I’ve got just the place for you. Declercq Passementiers has been in the business since 1852 and has passed through six generations of the family. If you choose to buy your … 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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