• Handout Exhibition Brochure cover Madame de Maintenon
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    The Extraordinary Madame de Maintenon at Versailles

    Until July 21, Versailles currently has two exhibitions about Queens of France. The one, Madame de Maintenon, was never declared queen; the other Marie Leszczynska, reigned for 42 years and is little known.  The anonymous illustrator of "Le Camp de Compiègne" places Madame de Maintenon sitting in the center of the illustration. As the center of attention, viewed by the nobles and soldiers, she is treated as a queen. Madame de Maintenon was the secret wife of Louis XIV. The announcement of her official marriage to Louis XIV is still only a whisper at court. This scene is part of the exhibition "Madame de Maintenon, In the Corridors of Power".

  • Rear exterior of Château Champs-sur-Marne
    Day Trip,  Ile-de-France,  Seeing Paris

    Day trip to Château Champs-sur-Marne

    Why not forego the hassle of shooting your next film at Versailles or the Élysee Palace. Instead, head out to the Château Champs-sur-Marne, less than an hour from the Bastille. The château and grounds have been popular movie locations. The journey from Gare de Lyon makes for a relaxing day trip to the countryside. If you are not shooting a film, the day trip is worth it anyway. What you will see The château is filled with furniture and extensive decorative interiors, including bathrooms, a smoking room, salons, bedchambers, service corridor, children’s dining room (formerly a bathroom), the smoking room and a billiard room (in case you are looking for decorating ideas). You can…

  • Say I love you in Cinderella's carriage - Porpose in Paris
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    Proposals and Love in Paris

    Whether anyone has ever said it before or not, I declare that, “Paris is the most romantic city in the world!” June is, traditionally, a popular month for weddings. In Paris, the International Paris Bridal Fashion Trade Fair is a two-day event at the Port de Versailles. The fair takes place annually in June. Before you get to the wedding part, how about that proposal? Have you ever thought about proposing or being proposed to? Have you ever wanted to send a special message to someone while in Paris in an extravagant way? Nicolas Garreau is the expert since 2006 with thirty romantic scenarios at ApoteoSurprise. Nicolas approached me in…

  • Soldes Paris Sales Printemps
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    General July Activities In Paris

    Use Google Translate for Paris activities and information on the following web sites: For a complete list of exhibitions visit the newspaper leParisien.fr-Paris étudiant.com web site l’Officiel des spectacles or buy the magazine for 35 cents when you arrive in Paris. Summer Sale begins end of June in Paris Between end of June and beginning of August. look for the deals – and get there early. Within two weeks everything has been picked through. The good news is that summer vacation begins two days after the sales begin so perhaps the natives will leave and the tourists can buy everything! Doors open at 8 a.m. The commercial law (article L 310-3 du…