louvre
Anne of Austria 1549 - 1580

The Louvre & Place de la Concorde

The last stop of my day in Paris was the Louvre. The Louvre is a museum now but it began its life as a royal palace and it was Louis XIV who moved the seat of power to Versailles in 1682. Since 1789, it has housed the museum. The Louvre glass Pyramid is now the [read more]

marie antoinette
Elisabeth of Valois

Marie-Antoinette & The Conciergerie

Marie-Antoinette’s life is one of great controversy. Her death was shocking and left her children at the mercy of revolutionaries. Her son, the titular King, would suffer abuse and an undignified death in captivity nearly two years after his mother. Her daughter, Marie-Therese would be the only survivor of the immediate family. Marie-Antoinette was originally [read more]

marie antoinette
France

Marie Antoinette’s last letter

Marie Antoinette is perhaps most famous for something she didn’t say; ‘Let them eat cake!’ It is on this day in 1793, the infamous Queen of France was executed by guillotine 10 months after her husband suffered the same fate. She was tried by the Revolutionary Tribunal on 14 October. She was accused of several [read more]