Posts Tagged ‘Louis XIV’

Day Trips from Paris: A Royal Stay at Versailles

Paris is a great and wonderful city to call home. But every now and then a girl needs a little green, something more than the city’s elegant parks with their “Keep off the grass” signs. While most visitors think of […]

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Versailles: Live the Royal Dream!

Come winter, not all Paris travel is comfy. As skies darken, attractions such as the Château de Versailles tend to recede on the visitor’s to-do list. But this winter, the national railway is wooing visitors back—with a royal ride to the palace.

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Sightseeing in Paris: The Palais Royal

Last week I was taking visitors sightseeing in Paris when we stumbled upon the Palais Royal, an enclosed garden surrounded by shopping arcades, just across the street from the Louvre. This royal palace was once home to Cardinal Richelieu and then fell into the property of the Orléans family. Louis XIV grew up here, honing his sword-fighting skills in these very gardens. After the civil uprising of la Fronde, which seriously threatened the young king’s power and his life, Louis grew to hate the palace, which inspired his move to Versailles.

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18th-century clothing and Chanel dresses in the Salon des Glaces, at Versailles

Paris Fashion: Three Centuries of Couture

This month, Paris fashion lovers flock to the fall couture shows. But most will also make a pilgrimage to Versailles. They want to see that landmark show, “The 18th Century Back in Fashion,” currently installed in the château’s Grand Trianon.

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