Festivities

Extract from Louis XIV, Les arts, les idées (1896) - ©The British Library / Public domain Extract from Louis XIV, Les arts, les idées (1896) - ©The British Library / Public domain

Big party! Aaah, Louis XIV looked really nice, on his white horse, proudly caracoling. Ladies chuckled and tried to be the centre of attention. But Louis only had eyes for his beloved La Vallière...

Chantilly at Condé's time - ©Internet Archive Book Images / Public domain Chantilly at Condé's time - ©Internet Archive Book Images / Public domain

A party for the king The famous chef Vatel in Chantilly! The Grand Condé, the castle’s owner, had a big party in honour of king Louis XIV, in April 1671. Louis came 3 days. He turned up on Tuesday...

The choir - ©Welleschik / CC-BY-SA The choir - ©Welleschik / CC-BY-SA

He needed a wife! July 18th 1385, Amiens. Isabeau of Bavaria married king of France Charles VI ! Charles just turned 17. King of France since he was 12, he had to settle down. But he didn’t want an...

The church - ©PRA / CC-BY The church - ©PRA / CC-BY

Here, Joan was baptized! Joan and the tank From the window of her little bedroom, in the familial house of Domrémy, Joan saw her church! Joan of Arc, of course… And in this church dedicated to Saint...

The castle - ©Havang(nl) / CC0 The castle - ©Havang(nl) / CC0

Eleanor’s wedding night A chronicler says that the young couple (Eleanor of Aquitaine and king of France Louis VII) spent their wedding night in the castle of Taillebourg… Yes! After their wedding...

The façade - ©Jordiferrer / CC-BY-SA The façade - ©Jordiferrer / CC-BY-SA

Little stories... Eleanor, Henri and Company The Gothic cathedral of Saint-Pierre of Poitiers was raised in 840 on the foundations of the old church of Saint-Hilaire. A fire destroyed everything in...

Aerial view - ©Starus / CC-BY-SA Aerial view - ©Starus / CC-BY-SA

Wine-growers and an exile Polish The family who raised the current castle, in 1646, was the Charron. Simple wine-growers! At the time of Jean-Jacques Charron, the ex-king of Poland Stanislas...

Inside the cave - ©Arnaud 25 / Public domain Inside the cave - ©Arnaud 25 / Public domain

The mysterious Golden city Men knew these caves of Osselle since a very long time… they discovered it in the 13th century, and visits began in 1504! The cave inspired lots of books, like the one...

The chapel - ©JPGO / CC-BY-SA The chapel - ©JPGO / CC-BY-SA

The plague wreaked havoc in Fréjus in the 15th century. But fortunately, saint François de Paule arrived! In 1482, he turned in the city and the same day, the plague ended... In memory of this...

Snails - ©J. Patrick Fischer / CC-BY-SA Snails - ©J. Patrick Fischer / CC-BY-SA

What’s this? A Burgundian recipe, that foreigners hate... snails! Oh, well, in fact, it’s delicious! Come on, let’s see that: we have a little creature rather disgusting (after all, it’s not worse...


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