Baudelaire and the Bottom of Apollonie

Baudelaire and his muse, Apollonie Sabatier by Thomas Couture

 

1857 is an important date for French Literature .

The same year, two great French writers had been sued by Napoleon III for « insult of the public moral and religion ».
Gustave Flaubert , who was accused of promoting adultery in his novel « Emma Bovary” and Charles Baudelaire, for six of his poems ,which were included in « The Flowers of Evil » which continued to be censored until 1949.

Baudelaire was condemned after a trial, Flaubert was not.

 

Charles Baudelaire

Charles Baudelaire

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Romance and Seduction in the 17th century in Le Marais

The beautiful Ninon

She was beautiful,smart,educated,refined and incredibly charming .

Her friends were Moliere, La Rochefoucault,Henri de Sevigné and Madame de Maintenon.

The most magnificent courtesean of them all, Ninon de Lenclos ,who could seduce young men until 70 years old.

Anne « Ninon » Lenclos was born in 1672 between a libertine father and a mother who was a religious zealot.

Her beloved father gave her the nickname Ninon and taught her to read Montaigne,how to play the luth and how to sing.

Unfortunately for Ninon, her father had to escape from France, and at 10 years old, she had to bear a mother who was very rigid .Her mother attempted to send her to convent,but Ninon said no!

She said no to the Convent. She said no to God.
She said no to the wedding. She said no to the family.

Ninon de Lenclos decided to be free in a century which did not allow freedom for women .

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Avec Marcel Proust chez Angelina

Marcel Proist 
The best French writer of the 20th century

Tous  les vrais parisiens connaissent Angelina.

 

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Angelina c’est le chic et le raffinement pour tous les gourmands .

Le vingtième siècle avait trois ans quand Monsieur Antoine Rumpelmayer, pâtissier autrichien,ouvrit son salon de thé en 1903, dans la très chic rue de Rivoli , non loin du Musée du Louvre et du Palais Royal.

Il aimait tellement sa belle -fille qu’il lui donna son prénom ,Angelina.

A la Belle Epoque les parisiennes n’étaient pas autorisées à se rendre seules au café.

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With Marcel Proust at Angelina’s

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All real parisians know Angelina.

Angelina is the parisian chic tea-room for all the pastry foodies.

The twentieth century was three years old when Antoine Rumpelmayer an austrian pastry chef, opened his  tea-room on the rue de Rivoli, not far from the Louvre museum and from the Palais Royal.

He liked his daughter-in-law so much that he called the place after her : « Angelina ».

 

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During the Belle Époque, the parisian ladies were not allowed to go unaccompagnied in cafés.

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Un voyage dans le Grand Siècle avec Marin Marais et Madame de Sévigné

Madame de Sévigné peintre par Claude Lefebvre

Chaque troisième jeudi du mois, le musée Carnavalet situé dans le Marais organise un concert gratuit.En décembre c’est la musique baroque qui était à l’honneur .

De la musique baroque on connaît surtout Bach, Haendel et Vivaldi .

Mais au XVII et au début du XVIII ème siècle,les musiciens célèbrés en France étaient Lully, Couperin et Rameau.

Entre l’ombre de Lully et de Couperin ,il y a Marin Marais ( 1656-1728).C’est la musique de Marin Marais qui fut interprétée par les élèves du conservatoire de musique de Paris.

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english Once upon a time in the time of Louis XIV with Marin Marais and Madame de Sévigné 

Madame de Sévigné peintre par Claude Lefebvre

On the third Thursday of every month, the Carnavalet Museum located in the Marais district, organizes a free concert performed by musical students.In December it was a concert of baroque music and the  students of the Conservatoire de Musique de Paris played Marin Marais

We all know the baroque musicians Bach, Haendel and Vivaldi.

But in France,during the  XVII and the begining of the XVIIIth century, the most famous musicians were Lully, Couperin  and Rameau.

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french_section Le philosophe amoureux

Denis Diderot

Il aurait dû être prêtre.

Son père était vendeur de couteaux dans le nord de la France.
Mais parce qu’il était très intelligent , ses parents l’ont envoyé étudier à Paris.
Ses amis s’appelaient Rousseau,Voltaire et Montesquieu.
Il voulait lutter contre l’obscurantisme intellectuel .
Pendant plus de quinze années, il a eu le projet fou de créer une encyclopédie.
17 volumes …
50 000 articles écrits par les hommes les plus cultivés de son siècle .
Il est l’une des figures les plus importantes du siècle des Lumières .

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english_section The philosopher in love

Denis Diderot

He should have been a priest.

His father was a cutlery maker from the north of France.
But as he was very intelligent, he was sent to Paris to study .
Among his friends were Voltaire, Rousseau, and Montesquieu.
He wanted to fight against intellectual obscurantism.
For more than fifteen years he worked on a crazy project to create a great encyclopaedia.
17 volumes compiling 50,000 articles written by the most educated men of his century.
He was one of the most prominent figures of the Enlightenment.

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