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A Week End with Marie Antoinette
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Author:  Merteuil [ Fri Jan 26, 2007 8:12 pm ]
Post subject:  A Week End with Marie Antoinette

I'm seriously thinking of coming over to Paris this summer for a long week end entirely dedicated to Her Majesty.
Which places should I consider including?
I've already taken note of Versailles (of course ;)), La Conciergerie and La Chapelle Expiatoire.
What should I add? Does anyone know Paris well enough to recommand a Tour?

Author:  Pimprenelle [ Fri Jan 26, 2007 9:47 pm ]
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You could add Saint Denis... even if I found very weird in there ! But Louis and Antoinette's statues are just wonderful. She is so beautiful... so Habsburg...

You could also visit Saint Cloud gardens. She loved Saint Cloud so much... and Fontainebleau... and Compiègne...

I have seen none of them already, neither have I visited the conciergerie. I walked in the Tuileries park, and felt special... and completely sick when arriving Place de la Concorde.

But, for a week-end only... Versailles and Trianon would be enough, I think... We feel so good in Trianon little eden...

Author:  Louis-Charles [ Fri Jan 26, 2007 9:56 pm ]
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Indeed I think that to visit all Versailles and Trianon, it's necessary to reserves a big week end :wink:
Just for Trianon I could remain there a complete day....

Author:  papillon [ Fri Jan 26, 2007 9:59 pm ]
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that sounds like the trip of a lifetime! i'm in the states, so it will probably be awhile before i can make the journey to versailles and trianon! but it is one of my dreams!

Author:  Louis-Charles [ Fri Jan 26, 2007 10:02 pm ]
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I advise you to go there indeed … the charms, the calms and the beauty of the gardens of Trianon is for me a drug :wink:

Author:  Merteuil [ Sat Jan 27, 2007 2:50 am ]
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I knew a week end wouldn't be enough...I've been off work studying for 9 months and now that I have just landed a job, I can't really plan to go away for more than 3 days. I was thinking Versailles/Trianon on the Saturday and Sunday and the Paris sites on the Monday. I'm sure I will go twice (at least!!!) anyway... :D
I have to see Trianon and the Conciergerie as well as the Chapelle Expiatoire. Don't ask me why, but I feel those are the 3 places I absolutely must go to.

Author:  Pimprenelle [ Sat Jan 27, 2007 8:54 am ]
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The chapelle expiatoire can't be visited each day. When I came around, I just can sit in the square and meditate... that was enough for me. But, if you want to see the chapelle itself, you'll have to chack the dates. ... visit.html ... RV0000708/ ... 48710.aspx

Author:  Merteuil [ Sat Jan 27, 2007 7:23 pm ]
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I see...I might fly over on a Thursday and visit places on Friday, Saturday and Sunday: French monuments seem to be open during the last days of the week!

Author:  Therese [ Sat Jan 27, 2007 7:39 pm ]
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I was SO upset when I went there and the chapel was closed!! But I sat outside in the little garden, it was nice.....

Author:  markizimara [ Mon May 14, 2007 9:26 pm ]
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Versaille, petite Trianon, place de Bastille, Conciegerie, Concord, Paris opera, Saint Dennis and wax museum..

Author:  Axel von Fersen [ Sun May 27, 2007 4:10 pm ]
Post subject:  Planning a Marie Antoinette vacation

This is way to late but my choices are different.

Most of those listed Versailles, Conceigerie are clearly the most obvious and the places to start but beyond those I would recommend two that i've not done and would top my list next time i get back to Paris.

Musée Carnavalet (also called - Musée de l'histoire de Paris)
The link below includes a museum map.

As you'll see a signficant part of the museum in on Louis XVI's reign and on French Revolution. The museum includes one of the few articles of clothing left that MA actually wore - the shoe she lost leaving the Tuileries that was mentioned in the recent book QUEEN OF FASHION.

The second place would be Biblioteque Nationale - where you can see for yourself some of the original documents, pahmphets, and pictures looked over by recent biographers and David Grubin and others who have made recent movies.

Here is also a link to a book for potential interest

Here's also a further link for places to see
FRANCE OF 200 YEARS AGO (from New York Times) ... nted=print

All the best - hope u had agreat trip,

PS - Trips to Paris to see Marie Antoinette sites have also
been discussed at my yahoo group - ... ntoinette/

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