Dancing at Versailles (#whatpegmansaw)

This week Pegman takes us to Palace of Versailles, France. What Pegman Saw is a weekly writing challenge to write a fictional piece (150 words or less) using the location provided.

For my photo prompt, I chose an inside palace view and here is the story:

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Dancing at Versailles (Priorhouse fiction word count: 150)

Come on Louie – tell’em the story.

Okay…. Back in 1988, I went to a wedding reception at the Palace of Versailles.

Guests were dancing slowly. Classy. Two steps and a hip right, two steps and hip left. Kind of boring.

I sat most of the night just watching.

Then… the DJ played Shannon’s Let the Music Play. The atmosphere changed.

Hold on, let me tell this part.

So Louie gets on the dance floor and started to boogie down.

floatin’ moves – gliding, sliding, and movin’ his shoulders with rhythm and finesse.

The DJ started scratching vinyl (like this) and he let that music play, oh yeah.

“I am still so embarrassed. More folks joined in but a photo of me dancing ended up on the cover of Versailles Times: Invité de Mariage Aime Danser Boogie.

People still attribute my “getting down” to being drunk – but I was completely sober.

 

Author’s Notes

1) The Palace of Versailles is a royal château in Versailles, France (southwest of Paris). Palace of Versailles was declared the official royal residence in 1682 and the gaudy and ornate palace is a symbol of royalty abuse; it signifies the excesses of the French nobility (which eventually led to a Revolution)

2) Most of us know the “let them eat cake” phrase, which was viewed as a snobby response to the poor. Or is viewed as showing that the privileged nobility were being unsympathetic/unaware of the plight of the poor.

However, on Quora it was noted that this phrase might be “wrongly attributed to Marie Antoinette.” The phrase was attributed to Marie because she was a “spendthrift airhead” and as her infamy grew – the phrase was attributed to her because it seemed to fit her MO.  Or it had to do with pastry chefs (see bottom comic).

 

3) Not sure if you saw the 2012 documentary Queen of Versailles (here), which highlighted the Siegel family and how they were interrupted while building the biggest house in the United States. David Siegel is owner of Westgate Resorts (largest privately owned timeshare) and his wife, Jackie, has the title of Queen of Versailles. I heard that they sued for defamation and it was later dismissed. Then in 2016 the Siegels lost their teen daughter from a drug Over Dose (and Jackie Siegel started the foundation Victoria’s Voice)

However, I guess the Siegel’s Versailles mansion is currently getting finished (They did not lose it to foreclosure after the 2008 crash) and Mandall (here) wrote: “The plans for the American Versailles, a 90,000-square-foot behemoth near Orlando, FL, seemed to have one overarching goal: to make the French original look shabby by comparison. Did Marie Antoinette have 10 kitchens, an ice skating rink, and a 5,000-square-foot closet? We think not.”

Also, once the mansion is done, Mrs. Siegel said she wants to hire French servants, ahem….? (More on that here)

4) I heard Let the Music Play (here) this week and it brought me back to the 80s – and so I wanted to somehow add that in to my fiction piece. 

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To join in with What Pegman Saw – or to read more entries, go Here.

Hope you have a great day.

I have two more posts coming and then Priorhouse will be taking a short December break. 

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72 thoughts on “Dancing at Versailles (#whatpegmansaw)

  1. hahaha, I imagine that the room was being used for the same purpose although maybe not for the same kind of dancing…;) I’ve been to the palace before, I spent hours just walking around and I still didn’t get to see everything. And I didn’t know that the expression came from Marie Antoinette (or the pastry chefs?) but I see that it could have been. 🙂

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    1. yes Sha – different dancing with those huge dresses and spiky boot heels maybe?
      and I have been there too (86 as teen) and remember very little – the beds and roped off areas….
      and I am saying it was the pastry chefs – lol

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  2. Poor Marie Antoinette – much maligned I think. She was Austrian, sent away from home at the age of 14 to France, hardly able to speak the language, alone and isolated, looked down on by many of the French nobility. She loathed the restrictions and expectations placed on her, would remove herself to a custom built farmhouse where she would milk cows and tend her garden. A bit daft and out of touch with the country she had come to rule – definitely. Malicious? I don;t think so
    A fun tale all round

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    1. wow Lynn Love you really know her bio.
      I have seen two documentaries about her and they did not depict what you mention. They did not necessarily cast her in a bad light either – but even if she retreated to garden – I think most would agree she had an indulgent phase – cos her hubby was not partying alone.
      but it was interesting to read your bio of her – has me curious and I would agree “not” malicious”

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      1. I base my opinions on the British historian Antonia Fraser’s biography of her – it’s excellent if you ever find a copy. Yes, she was certainly pampered and indulgent, you’re right there. But I think Louis was more to blame for their plight – he would have been more informed of the state of the people, the famines that so often hit the poorest. And any society that only taxes the poor and not the better off clergy and nobility … Well, how could they be surprised when the people turned?

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      2. yes, they cannot be surprised when the revolt happens.
        and just as I read your comment I was reminded how great leaders usually have a great team beneath them – and so maybe Louis’ biggest downfall was not wise counsel- or ignoring it and surrounding himself with those who agreed only – who knows –
        I will be on the lookout for Fraser’s work -I am curious

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      3. Very true. Advisors out to look after their own interests rather than those of the populace. Fraser is very good – I highly recommend any of her books

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  3. Your photo cracked me up! That was not what I expected to see after reading your story. LOL! Versailles near Orlando?? Why did I never hear of this, I wonder. Of course, it’s not like I was paying any attention. Five will get you ten that it’s in the Islesworth Subdivision in Windermere. That’s the celebrity hoity-toity place of mansions.

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    1. yes ma’am – right over there in Windermere – and now I am curious about the Islesworth Subdivision
      And when I lived in FL in early 90s windermere was booming – and you are right – it has become “celebrity hoity-toity” – nice words L!!
      and now Windermere has the largest home in the US (and gag me with a spoon for such a project – ugh)
      but like you – I will always be partial to Winter Park, FL….
      🙂

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      1. Oh I know – and I think we saw a special on Shaq’s house – many years ago and I think it was for sale.
        and speaking of garages – recently heard that in the past year or so in the US – there more three-car garages built than there were one bedroom apartments ….
        and someone once said
        you have a special room for your car- it’s own special room – how can you not feel spoiled? how much more with space for 13? but then it is never enough for some folks eh? sometimes… they just compare up – Well he has a 28 car pad – or he has the plane…
        ahhhhh

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  4. The Palace of Versailles! I hope to visit this beauty one day. Anyways, this one was nicely done. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. thanks for visiting – and if you have time you should read some of the other entries because there are some DIVERSE takes. Forf example, James wrote about a current event
      and based his fiction on
      “a news story published on 31 October 2017 titled Versailles Palace accused of throwing out art historian for ‘commenting on works in English’ to friends .

      It seems that Marie-Noëlle Grison, a specialist in 18th century French art and junior curator of graphic arts at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum was visiting the Sun King’s grand apartments with three “American friends” and was explaining to them the subtleties of brass and tortoise shell marquetry by André-Charles Boulle, the King’s illustrious furniture maker. A guard stopped her saying it was “forbidden” for her to do so stating that there are “guides and audioguides for that” (Oh, and other museums and similar establishments in France are guilty of similar behavior according to the story).”

      https://poweredbyrobots.com/2017/12/09/there-are-worse-things-than-being-a-tourist/

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      1. and I did not want to be cheesy – but when I saw your fun comment – I thought of your blog name and then thought – dear Louie was dancing cos he was UP from the ashes of white tie dancing boredom…. lol

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  5. Yvette, how could you not try a bit of a dance in that magnificent room. The palace was a decadence, but wow! Impressively so! The photo is terrific and I can’t help but smile at your doodles of the dancers! Thanks for the interesting facts about the Palace!

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    1. Hi Annika – the little dancers is a downloaded image – but they seem easy to make – but have to thank Google images for that nice little jpeg.
      and thanks for the fun comment – let’s dance when you book comes out – deal?

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      1. Haha! 😀😀 Funny you should say that, Yvette! I just posted a cover and blurb reveal for my book along with one of my favourite songs to dance along to…I’ll join you in that magnificent Hall for a celebratory bop! ❤️

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    1. oh lucky you to have had a few visits – that is sometimes the best way to really get a feel for such majestic places – it can be so blinding on first visits –
      did you have a favorite takeaway?

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      1. When I went into the palace, I couldn’t believe the amount of gold in the place. Reading about it and seeing it for myself is completely different.

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    1. thanks Robbie – I will try and be back in blogosphere for Xmas eve (I am taking just a short break) and hope you have a nice holiday if we do not connect beforehand
      xxoo

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  6. I’d never heard anything about this family or their American Versailles. I could live without knowing all that, lol! One hundred million and still no class. What a shame.

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