VDP is sure you remember the sweet little half-timbered house in the park of the Spiritual Centre of the Sisters of the Cenacle. If not, click here. Well, this is what it looks like inside...
Vous vous souvenez de la jolie petite structure à colombages que VDP vous montrait dans le parc du Centre Spirituel des Sœurs du Cénacle ? Si besoin est, cliquez ici pour vous rafraîchir la mémoire. Eh bien, ça, c'est l'intérieur...
Today is the tercentenary of Louis XIVth's passing, at 8:05 this morning, at the palace, a few days before his 77th birthday. The palace's website dedicated to this event is pretty cool, check it out here!
It's also back to school day in France. And of course, it's the first of the month which means Theme Day in the City Daily Photo blogging community! You would have thought that VDP would easily find a curiosity in Versailles... Well nope, not after well over six years of blogging! You'd have had to pay her good money (lots of Swiss Francs for instance) to go to the palace in August and so she came up with a historical curiosity, which she photographed on this stormy August Monday. Saint-Louis neighbourhood, which you often see on this blog, was entirely built on what used to be the 'parc aux cerfs', literally the 'stag park'. It was a clearing that provided game for the royal court and aristocracy during the reigns of Louis XIII and Louis XIV. In Versailles, it is also said that there was a mansion where, at the instigation of his mistress Madame de Pompadour, king Louis XV hid some (very) young subjects of his romantic liaisons... You might want to read more about this story by clicking here. Anyway, nowadays, all that remains is this plaque below (hotel as in old French for private residence, not a place to stay at), and the building on Anjou Street. It is also said there was a tunnel somewhere, behind the door on the right of the second photo... Happy September everyone! All the posts of the community are this way!
En ce jour de rentrée scolaire et de tricentenaire de la mort de Louis XIV (voir le site du château, dédié à l'événement, très intéressant ici), nous entamons un nouveau mois. Le thème du premier du mois dans la communauté des blogueurs City Daily Photo, c'est "curiosité". Dur, dur de trouver des curiosités à Versailles qui n'ont pas déjà été publiées sur ce blog par votre dévouée servitrice, depuis largement plus de six ans qu'il existe ! Au demeurant, il aurait fallu la payer très, très cher pour qu'elle se rendre au château en plein mois d'août (!) et elle eut donc l'idée d'aller en quête de l'hôtel du Parc aux Cerfs, rue d'Anjou, qu'elle photographia un lundi tempétueux d'août. Tout le quartier Saint-Louis est construit sur l'ancienne réserve de chasse de Louis XIII et Louis XIV. Madame de Pompadour, favorite de Louis XV, après la fin de sa liaison physique avec le roi en 1752,
installa, dans une demeure de ce quartier, des femmes, souvent très jeunes, qui y
étaient entretenues pour satisfaire la concupiscence du roi. Ce qu'il en reste de nos jours ? Pas grand chose, si ce n'est cet hôtel et cette plaque. Il y aurait un souterrain, dit-on, passé la première porte à droite de la deuxième photo ci-dessous... Pour voir les interprétations du thème dans des villes du monde entier, c'est par là ! Bonne rentrée aux plus jeunes et bon mois de septembre à tous !
Oh and lest VDP forgets, it is said that the delightful model for François Boucher's no less delightful painting, Resting Girl, was Marie-Louise O'Murphy, one of the residents of the Parc aux Cerfs... The information as to the identity of the young girl seems to have been given by no less than Casanova himself!
While we've had a hot summer since the beginning of June, this week started out stormy, windy, rainy and... well this was early evening on Avenue de Paris... As for yesterday, it was a November like monsoon day!
C'était lundi, avenue de Paris... un peu la tempête... Ne parlons même pas de la mousson de novembre d'hier !
The main movie of the open air cinema evening was Sofia Coppola's "Marie-Antoinette" which (blush) VDP had never seen. It had been years since VDP has watched a dubbed film, that was strange! VDP adored it, which is surprising considering that she usually dislikes movies that have little historical substance. Part of VDP agrees with Jean-Luc Douin who in Le Monde described
'Marie-Antoinette' as a ‘kitsch and roc(k)oco’ film which ‘deliberately
displays its anachronisms’, and additionally as a ‘sensory film’ that
was ‘dreamt by a Miss California’ and ‘orchestrated around the Du Barry
or Madame de Polignac playground gossip’. Part
of VDP scrambled to search for the history of macarons, which did
NOT exist in the ‘Ladurée’ form seen here until the XIXth century, though of course the delightful little things certainly owe this movie a great deal, having since rocketed to stardom and must-have status all over the world. Part of VDP is happy that the great masses
should now know (with certainty because Kirsten Dunst herself said it!) that the queen most probably never actually uttered the words ‘let them eat cake’
(so please, at least when commenting on this blog, stop saying that she
did, you will earn VDP's eternal gratitude!). While VDP believes
that the film gives a tiny insight into the hornet’s nest that was the
French royal court, the ‘sweet tooth depravity’ shown here is miles from
who Marie-Antoinette probably was in reality, a woman who was likely
far less stupid and frivolous than usually portrayed. Marie-Antoinette is a very touchy
subject in this country, where she is still widely hated (despite the
fact that it is mainly the support of the American war of Independence
that ruined France, not her follies that merely
constituted contributing factors. What's more, such follies weren't unusual -probably even standard- in a world of monarchies which we
judge with post-revolutionary, XXIst century eyes)…