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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