La Chandeleur and the best crêpe recipe

La Chandeleur (Candlemas) is a Christian religious holiday quite widespread in Europe and celebrated on Feb. 2nd. Its origin goes back to pagan time, when people used to celebrate the arrival of longer days and the new winter planting, lighting fires. When Pope Gelasius I decided to Christianize this holiday between 492 and 496 AD, …

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Small Talk from Versailles: a day with the Sun King

Thanks to several tv series and movies everyone knows that a very strict etiquette controlled, in ancient times, the social and private lives of the European royal and aristocratic families. Each country had its own rules that were progressively abandoned, especially in the last two centuries. Today we can still gossip - in a good …

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Small Talks from Versailles #2: 5 creepy things you don’t know about Marie Antoinette and her family

My little column about French monarchs continues with some more information about Marie Antoinette. This time, since we are in the mid of Dark October, I will share 5 creepy things you probably do not know about Marie Antoinette and her family. 1- THE QUEEN'S HEAD - The French Revolution hit the imagination of many …

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