The Royal Crown jewels of France, worn by Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI, which disappeared during the Revolution, are unveiled after being hidden from the public’s eye for 200 years. The French Royal Crown jewels disappeared from the Palace of Versailles during the historic revolutionary uprising of the fish market women and men who… Continue reading The Lost Royal Jewels of Marie Antoinette
Re-imagining the sensuous scent of a Queen. France, 1790 - Imagine...you are Queen Marie Antoinette, awaiting the arrival of your private perfumer in the gardens of Trianon, a short distance from Versailles. You intend to ask your royal perfumer, Jean-Louis, to create a scent that embodies the spirit of Trianon, your place of happiness and… Continue reading Recreating Marie Antoinette’s Perfume
Marie Antoinette, known for her lavish lifestyle of self-indulgence, possessed what is now one of the 14 Most Expensive Jewels In The World—a sparkling diamond necklace with one lush 1.84 karat pink diamond and two yellow accent diamonds of 7.06 and 5.24 karats. Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cScKgXZ571o Although the beautiful and spoiled queen lived an indulgent life during… Continue reading A Life of Luxury or a Living Nightmare?
Welcome! Today, let’s stroll down a garden path to the Petit Trianon, Marie Antoinette’s place of escape from the rigid rules and etiquette of French court. Let's peek into the private life and secluded residence of Marie Antoinette. The Petit Trianon The history of the Petit Trianon, designed by Ange-Jacques Gabriel, is an interesting one… Continue reading The Secret Life of Marie Antoinette
Marie Antoinette was not only notorious for her scandalous behavior but also for her sense of fashion and beauty. In the following portrait of Marie Antoinette Joseph Ducreux painted at the young age of thirteen in 1769, the artist captures her glowing beauty. While Marie awaited her nuptials in Austria, this miniature portrait was sent… Continue reading Marie Antoinette – A Notorious Beauty at the Court of Versailles, France.
Bonjour! Welcome to the Palace of Versailles, the country residence of the notorious Queen Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI. As you promenade the full length of the 239.5 feet Hall of Mirrors to pay your respects at the foot of the throne of King Louis XVI, you are awed by the 17 magnificent archways… Continue reading Life in the time of Marie Antoinette at the Palace of Versailles
What are the Dirty Secrets of Versailles? "Rumors of members of the court relieving themselves in the corner of stairwells, of a King holding audiences on his throne, a chair with a hole in the seat..." (Versailles' dirty secrets - Toute L'Histoire, 2017). According to Toute L'Histoire, "cleanliness was defined as having good breath and… Continue reading The Dirty Secrets of Versailles
If you ever dreamed of being a Princess, finding your own Duke and living happily ever after…. You can still find and marry your true Prince Charming. Who would have thought? But then again, what are the odds that you are going to meet Prince Harry, or another prince in today's time? But we can… Continue reading If you ever dreamed of being a Princess, finding your own Duke and living happily ever after…
Drinking plenty of coffee, watching Pride & Prejudice to get into my writing romance mood. Nearly finished with my first book! If you love to read about romance and intrigue at the French court of Versailles in history, then stay tuned. After years of research, Lorrie Anne will unveil the true story of a famous… Continue reading Writing romance and coffee. Two of my favorite loves.