French Revolution

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...

The castle - ©W.Mechelke / WikimediaCommons / CC-BY-SA The castle - ©W.Mechelke / WikimediaCommons / CC-BY-SA

Brand new! The story or Arcelot began in the 17th century, when the land fell to Alphonse de Guéribout: Arcelot was raised to a marquisate in 1674… Then, Arcelot fell to the family de Verchère, in...

Breaded pig trotters - ©Richard Allaway / CC-BY Breaded pig trotters - ©Richard Allaway / CC-BY

What’s this? This is a recipe made with breaded pigs' feet, delicately roasted and cooked with white wine, onions and a bouquet garni. A delicious speciality from Marne département, in Champagne...

The square - ©Jibi44 / CC-BY-SA The square - ©Jibi44 / CC-BY-SA

The executions’ square A sinister place We are here in Nantes’ oldest district, mentioned at the end of the 10th century, when count of Rennes Conan I, nicknamed le Tors (″the Twisted″) raised the...

Southern side - ©Musicaline / CC-BY-SA Southern side - ©Musicaline / CC-BY-SA

A Dauphin and a young Breton Raised between 1782 and 1784, the gate was dedicated to the Dauphin’s birth in 1781, Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette’s son! So that’s why they called it "Saint-Louis'...

The belfry - ©Anecdotrip.com / CC-BY-NC-SA The belfry - ©Anecdotrip.com / CC-BY-NC-SA

For Dun’s defense! This 6-floors belfry from the 13th century, with its 1490 framework, is pretty amazing! It almost looks like a medieval keep, isn’t it? Also known as ″Clock tower″, it was part of...

Verdun in the 17th c - ©Internet Archive Book Images / Public domain Verdun in the 17th c - ©Internet Archive Book Images / Public domain

But dragées were linked to a tragic event in city’s history: Verdun’s maidens episode. On September 2th 1792, Verdun surrendered against Prussian army. King of Prussia just settled near the city, in...

The mausoleum - ©Dumuids / CC-BY-SA The mausoleum - ©Dumuids / CC-BY-SA

Joseph Sec Joseph was merchant in Aix-en-Provence, an erudite from the Enlightenment, follower of the French Revolution’s ideas. His mausoleum is a ″hymn to the glory and to the law″! He was born in...

Estaing - ©Austrian National Library (ÖNB) / Public domain Estaing - ©Austrian National Library (ÖNB) / Public domain

Who was Charles-Henri-Hector, count d'Estaing? He enlisted the Army when he was a teen, appointed infantry lieutenant. But he liked the Navy above all! He enlisted, served in India in 1757 (where...

Marie-Antoinette, Mirabeau - ©Leipzig University Library / Public domain Marie-Antoinette, Mirabeau - ©Leipzig University Library / Public domain

Marie-Antoinette in Saint-Cloud Then, in 1785, Marie-Antoinette turned up. Yes, she just bought Saint-Cloud for 6 millions of livres and completely re-fit out the apartments. She was fond of the...


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