Archive | August 2013

Ball Gown & Curls

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The title says it all. I would say I’ve got nothing else to add, but then again I’ve always got something to add, so here we go…

My last few posts were a bit royal-focused (Marie Antoinette and so on), so I thought I should keep that topic up for a bit longer et voila, this post is what happened. I took these pictures on a 40°C day, which had one big advantage: as it was so hot, no one else was outside, so no one could see me running through the garden in this dress. Which I’m quite glad about. It prevented my neighbours from thinking I’ve totally lost it now. But I can assure you, I’ve felt completely and utterly comfortable. I was definitely born in the wrong century and nothing will keep me from pointing that out on every suitable occasion.

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Let Them Eat Cake – Versailles

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“Qu’ils mangent de la Brioche!”, better known as “Let them eat cake!”                              This quote, supposedly said by Marie Antoinette (though there is no evidence she ever said that), is quite famous. And if you spent at least an hour of your life promenading through the Jardin de Versailles, the Grand and Petit Trianon, the Opéra Royal or the Château, or watching the film “Marie Antoinette” by Sofia Coppola, you immediately get a feeling that she might indeed have said something like that. Someone who lived in such a world of its own, like most Queens and Kings, so far away from the real life on the streets of Versailles back then, may have lost every sense of reality. When you enter the gardens or the royal château, you enter a different world. Even now, crowded with tourists, it feels as though you’re in a fairy tale. Sitting on a bench somewhere in the Bosquet de la Reine, away from the touristy path to the Grand Canal, it feels like you’re in a magical place and maybe, if you listen closely, you can hear Marie Antoinette laughing with her close friend, the Duchesse de Polignac…

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The two pictures above were taken in the Bosquet de la Reine which I mentioned before. It’s a really lovely part of the gardens. Just walk down the stairs next to the Orangerie and then turn right. You’ll find it eventually…

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