Posts Tagged ‘Versailles’

The Best French Tours

So you’ve decided to come to Paris but want to see another part of France, too. People often ask me where to go. No harder question could be[…]

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Paris tours: inside the Château de Vaux le Vicomte

Beyond Paris Tours: Château de Vaux le Vicomte

While you’re in Paris, a day trip to one of the many nearby historic châteaux will help you discover the splendor of a bygone era of French […]

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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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Marilyn, by Joana Vasconcelos

Spectacle at Versailles Gets the Feminine Touch

After the French Revolution, Versailles stopped being notorious. But, in the past four years, the château’s program of modern art has brought plenty of controversy. Giant balloon animals by Jeff Koons, then manga sculptures by Takashi Murakami gave Paris art critics and historians fits.

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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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Sheep and other livestock at the hamlet.

Girl Time with Marie Antoinette

Last week the girls and I cuddled up to watch Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette. I love this film—all that pink and powdered blue, all that sumptuous silk and those decadent pastries—it really speaks to my inner girl. And being teens, my girls loved it, too. Suddenly it seemed I had found the perfect way to squeeze both some Mom time and some culture into them at once.

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Marie-Antoinette, Queen of Fashion

Marie-Antoinette is the most controversial woman in French history. She had a
complex personality…

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