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June 22, 2020

Shopping in the Domaine of Versailles!

Well, I think its time I tell you about the shopping inside the properties of the Domaine de Versailles, which includes the palace, trianons, hameau, etc in the city of Versailles, capital of the department 78 Yvelines and in the region of Ïle de France. Happy to say it again, my old home.

I have told you plenty on the palace and also, that Versailles is a lot more than it. However, it is true 98% (according to survey by City of Versailles) come here for the palace alone. Therefore, feel it is the time to tell you a bit about the shopping available inside the properties of the Domaine de Versailles! Here is my brief introduction as the subject can be long….

However, first, let me tell you some practical information base on many sources and my own experiences.

Some ideas to ease your visit to the Domaine de Versailles is to schedule your visit from Wednesday to Friday. Buying a ticket online allows you to go directly to entrance A, without going through the ticket office! Arrive early and start with the visit of the Palace, then go to the Trianon which opens at 12h30. The rest of the day, enjoy the gardens and the park.

The Passport ticket, for one day or two consecutive days, is the sesame that opens with a single ticket all the gates of Versailles: Palace, Trianon estate, temporary exhibitions, gardens, park, Galerie des Carrosses or carriage wagons gallery museum, not to mention events like the Musical Fountains or the Musical Gardens.


To visit the entire Estate in peace, the petit train or little train in the Parc de Versailles is the ideal ally for families. Trains run between the palace and the Trianon estate. The palace gardens are free to access, every day, from 8h to 20h30 however, the gardens close at 17h30 during the evening Fountains water Show.

The Domaine de Versailles is easily accessible by train or RER from Paris, from Saint-Lazare or Montparnasse stations and by RER C from Les Invalides. Arrived at one of the stations of Versailles (rive droite from St Lazare), (rive gauche château from several or les invalids on RER C ) and (Chantiers from Montparnasse), a few minutes on foot are enough to reach the palace.

The palace of Versailles practical information in English: Palace of Versailles practical information

And now ,that you are here, let me tell you about the shopping!

The Cabinet des médailles du roi or the king’s medal cabinet. The museum’s stores house many medals that testify to the history of Versailles over the centuries. To publicize these collections, the Palace invited Maison Arthus-Bertrand to delve into its numismatic archives. The workshops thus created 17 medals reproduced identically or reinterpreted after old engravings. Freely accessible via the Palace’s main courtyard.

The Librairie des Princes or princes’ bookstore. Located on the left in the courtyard of the Palace of Versailles, this space offers walkers and art enthusiasts the opportunity to make purchases outside the Château tour circuit. Freely accessible via the Palace’s main courtyard.

The Comptoir de la Chapelle or the chapel counter. Located opposite the Royal Chapel in the upper vestibule, this shop offers a selection of derivative items around the Palace of Versailles. Accessible with an entry ticket to the Palace.

The Boutique du pavillon Dufour or the Dufour pavilion shop. Located at the end of the Château tours, this new store occupies the historic space of the old cisterns of the Bouche du Roi, under the courtyard of the Princes. Accessible with an entry ticket to the Palace.

The Boutique cour de Marbre or the Marble courtyard boutique. Located at the foot of the Queen’s staircase, at the end of your visit to the Grands Appartements, the boutique offers a wide choice of gifts and merchandise around the Palace of Versailles. Accessible with an entry ticket to the Palace.

The Boutique des jardins or Garden boutique. Come and discover the Garden Boutique located in an old farmhouse in the parc of the Palace of Versailles, a place with authentic decor made up of old wooden feeders. The garden shop offers a selection of quality products around Versailles and its great figures, but also on plants and gardens. Freely accessible through the Parc.

The Boutique du Grand Trianon or the boutique of the Grand Trianon. The boutique of the Grand Trianon, located at the exit at the end of the visit, offers a selection of books and gifts linked to the collections and history of this place, nicknamed the “little Palace of marble” by its architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart. Accessible by small train or on foot, 15 min walk from the Palace.

Ladurée – Versailles .The taste for sweet treats at the court of France foreshadows the success of Maison Ladurée a few decades later. The story of Macaron Ladurée begins with Pierre Desfontaines, little cousin of Louis Ernest Ladurée, who in the middle of the 19C had the good fortune to pair the macaroon shells two by two and garnish them with a tasty ganache. The shop is accessible with an entrance ticket to the Palace, from the cour Royale or at the end of the Grands Appartements circuit, at the bottom of the Queen’s staircase.

Angelina – Versailles . Renowned for its hot chocolate, the favorite drink of queens and kings of France since its establishment at the court in 1615, Maison Angelina has perpetuated the tradition of chocolate makers from the 17-18C. Founded in 1903, the tea room has established itself as a gourmet and refined place from its opening, an unmissable event for the Parisian aristocracy. at the Palace and the Petit Trianon. The two shops offer the possibility to eat on site with a wide choice of pastries and chocolates, but also to buy many delicatessen products from Maison Angélina, including the famous hot chocolate in the bottle, as well as products around brown, a sure bet for the house. At the Palace, the restaurant is accessible with an entrance ticket, from the cour Royale or at the end of the Grand Apartments circuit. At the Petit trianon ,the take-out counter and the terrace are accessible without an entry ticket. Yes!!

The shops at the Palace of Versailles in English: Shops at the Palace of Versailles

Well, can’t find a photo on these shops ,and the ones i have already did a post on the Petit Trianon and Angelina as this is where I gather after a walk or jog in the garden when lived in Versailles; wont repeat them here.

Nevertheless, hope you enjoy the post on the wonderful shopping inside the Domaine de Versailles. I leave you above with one photo of the entrance to the ticket office once past security.  Enjoy the shopping at the Domaine of Versailles.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

June 22, 2020

Paris: rue Royale!

And here I am again finding new pictures of streets of Paris. An ever ending job I imagine, they are all over my vault but each time harder to find, even in my blog after 3012 posts! Anyway, here is another one for you at my eternal Paris.  This one I even walk to from work as could get on it and cut by place de la Madeleine or place de la Concorde. Let me tell you a bit more on rue Royale. Hope you enjoy it

The rue Royale is in the 8éme arrondissement of Paris with 282 meters long, the street begins at Place de la Concorde and ends at Place de la Madeleine. It measures 22.80 meters wide between Place de la Concorde and Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré and 43 meters elsewhere. This street is served, at its northern end, by Metro lines 8, 12, 14 at the Madeleine station and, at its southern end, by Metro lines 1,8, 12 at the Alma – Marceau station, as well as by the RATP bus line 84. Its name comes from the fact that this route was opened to give access to Place Louis-XV, current Place de la Concorde.


This rue Royale replaced the Saint-Honoré gate, which was at the corner of the rue Saint-Honoré , built under Louis XIII and destroyed in 1733, and the rampart which extended to the jardin des Tuileries. The rue Royale des Tuileries was built from 1758 on a uniform facade drawing given by Ange-Jacques Gabriel. This drawing was prescribed, for the part of the street located between Place de la Concorde and the crossroads with Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré and Rue Saint-Honoré. On the street, the elevations have five levels, the first floor being the noble floor. On the courtyard, the L-shaped main building offers the traditional look of a Parisian mansion. The main staircase, common to the two main buildings, is at the junction of the wing in return of the building on the courtyard and the building on the street. Two identical hotels, works of Gabriel, whose colonnaded facades overlook the square, frame its southern end, ending at Place de la Concorde.

Around 1792, during the French revolution,rue Royale was renamed “rue de la Révolution”. It then became “rue Royale Saint-Honoré” then, in 1795, “rue de la Concorde”. It resumed its name by prefectural decree of April 27, 1814.   After the Restoration, the rue Royale gradually lost its residential character and became one of the high places of the Parisian luxury trade, particularly from the end of the 19C. The buildings were erected by Étienne-Louis Boullée (no 3) or Louis Le Tellier (nos 6, 8, 9, 11, 13). Some of them have kept original decorations (nos. 6, 7, 8, 11, 13).


Some of my favorites mansions to see while walking by are

At No 1: Hôtel de Coislin on the corner of Place de la Concorde where, on February 6, 1778, Conrad Alexandre Gérard in the name of King Louis XVI, Benjamin Franklin, Silas Deane, Arthur Lee signed the treaties by which France was the first country to recognize the independence of the United States of America. Yeah!

Between Place de la Concorde and Maxim’s restaurant, on the south pilaster of the entrance to No. 1, you can see the facsimile of a poster of the French mobilization of 1914. The original poster having been forgotten long after the start of hostilities, the city of Paris decided to perpetuate this oversight, by replacing the poster that had become illegible by a new one, protected by a glass formwork.

At No 2: Hôtel de la Marine, also known as the Garde-Meuble hotel. Today headquarters of the staff of the French National Navy.

No 3: Hôtel Richelieu. Maxim’s restaurant established at this address since 1893 is remarkable for its storefront and its Art Nouveau interior decor of 1899.

At No 9: hotel built after 1781. François Alexandre Frédéric de La Rochefoucauld-Liancourt died there on March 27, 1827.

At No 11: hotel built after 1781. The large cut-out living room was reassembled in Paris at the Musée Nissim-de-Camondo museum and the bedroom at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Buenos Aires Argentina. Queen Nathalie of Serbia lived there, and was later call the Brunner Exhibition Hall in 1910.

At No 13: hotel built after 1781. The writer Jean Baptiste Antoine Suard, perpetual secretary of the French Academy, died in this building on July 20, 1817. A living room of the apartment on the street was reassembled at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

At No 16: Boulangerie Ladurée bakery founded in 1862. In 1871, when Baron Haussmann gave Paris a new face, a fire allowed the transformation of the bakery into a pastry shop. Ernest Ladurée had the idea of mixing genres: Parisian coffee and pastry, and thus gave birth to one of the first tea salons in the capital. Ladurée remained a pastry famous for its macaroons.

At No 21: the famous Brasserie Weber was installed in this building from 1899 to 1961. Before 1914, it was the meeting place for writers, journalists and artists, frequented by the designers Forain and Caran d’Ache, the writers Paul- Jean Toulet, Léon Daudet, Marcel Proust, the editorial offices of Le Temps and Le Figaro, actors like Marguerite Deval. After the riots of February 6, 1934, the wounded were transported to Weber’s home while waiting for first aid. It was from 1905 the property of the hotelier Arthur Millon then of his son-in-law René Kieffer.

A chic address with wonderful high fashion stores is the Village Royale at no 25 rue Royale , for your shopping pleasure in style. More here: Village Royale

At No 24: home of humorist Alphonse Allais. And finally, at No 27 and no 3 place de la Madeleine: building which housed the  Brasserie Autrichienne or austrian brewery, badly damaged by projectiles fired during the Commune, in the second half of May 1871; the Larue restaurant, opened at the same location in 1886, hosted Proust in the early 1900s, and from 1924 the monthly meeting called “Bixio Dinner” made to host men of letters, writers and journalists, and men of influence in political, economic and cultural circles.

You have a wonderful street in a sublime area of my eternal Paris, walks galore, I love it still do and so will you guaranteed. Hope you enjoy the rue Royale of Paris

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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June 22, 2020

Paris : Place François I!

And so my saga continues, as said, Paris is eternal, never tired of writing about it. Lucky me have a huge library of photos, sometimes hard to find with some going back to 1990. 30 years of glorious Paris, and I want more!!!

This one is seldom mentioned, yet a very nice neighborhood of the Champs-Élysées, but not on the avenue off of it in a more chic quant area of my eternal Paris. You can walk to the square from avenue des Champs-Elysées at the rond-point des Champs-Elysées (1) take right on Avenue Franklin Delano Roosevelt make right on rue Jean Goujon to the square or Place François I for the more scenic walk or take the more direct but nice too off avenue des Champs Elysées (2) on Rue de Marignan to Rue François I passing rue de Montaigne continue , and turn left into the square.  Still another way is to get off again at ave des Champs Elysées (3) and go on rue de Montaigne and go left onto rue François I and the square. The (1) you passed the theâtre du Rond Point and the showing of a piece of the Berlin Wall and the back of the Palais de la Découverte in a more Parisian walk, me think. The (2) you passed by several restaurant we had enjoyed over the years such as the L’Entrecôte de Paris and Pizza Pino, and the main Dior jewerly watches store. The (3) you passed on one of the most chic exclusive shopping street in Paris as well as my company legal representation…at the corner you see one of our nice restos Restaurant l’Avenue. Enjoy the walks in chic Paris!

The Place François-Ier is served nearby by Metro lines 1 and 13 at Champs-Élysées – Clemenceau station, as well as metro lines 1 and 9 at Franklin Roosevelt station, and by RATP bus lines 42 ,73 and 80.stop Montaigne/François I stop/arrét

The Place François-Ier as I want to tell you is located in the Champs-Élysées neighborhood or quartier of the 8éme arrondissement or district of Paris. This square bears the name of the king of France François Ier, because of the installation on the square of the house known as Maison de François Ier (c 1527). The house was later dismantled and set up at Moret sur Loing  in 1957 (Seine-et-Marne dept 77), now is part of a real estate agency who agree to keep the same facade!

The Place François I was located at the intersection of Rue François 1er, rue Bayard and rue Jean Goujon. It had a diameter of 54 meters. This square was part of the streets that were opened in 1823.  The thing to see here is the fountain, very nice worth the detour me think

The fountain of the Place François-Ier also called the fountain of the Place de la Madeleine. This fountain and its twin were built by architect Gabriel Davioud and sculpted by François-Théophile Murguet in 1865 to be installed initially on Place de la Madeleine. The Place de la Madeleine had the two twin fountains, but was found disturbing for traffic (even then already as said nothing new in Paris), one of the fountains located in front of no. 7 was moved in 1903 to the center of Place Salvador Allende (formerly pl Santiago-du-Chili) in the 7éme arrondissement near the Invalides, to be replaced by a statue. The other fountain, located on the other side of the square was transferred around 1909 to the center of Place François-Ier.


The basin is wide and circular with a pedestal of white marble supporting the basin. The pedestal is made up of four elegant and winged griffins. The basin is decorated with a small gallery of braces and twelve heads of lions which distribute the water in the basin. A cylindrical, flared column at the top rises from the center of the basin. It is decorated with four faces of women.

Some other, interesting buildings here are at No 5 , the former U.S. Embassy where President Théodore Roosevelt stayed in 1910. no 8 Hotel building from the second half of the 19C, the composition of the elevated façades of two square floors on the ground floor, made of dressed stone, is an important element in the unity of the composition of the square. At no 9 private mansion in Vilgruy, built by Henri Labrouste in 1865.

Hope you enjoy this wonderful walking tour, of a gorgeous area of my eternal Paris, not even in the Paris tourist office! Enjoy the Place François Ier as we do.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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