Thursday, October 11, 2007

Marguerite de Navarre


May I introduce you to charming Marguerite de Navarre (aka Marguerite d'Angoulème or Marguerite de France) that I recently met in the Luxembourg gardens. Don't get fooled by my photo, she is much older that what she looks (515 years old)! And don't go thinking she's a little snob by the way she stands, in fact she has all the nobility you can wish for: not only was she the daughter of Charles of Orléans, Count of Angoulême and Louise of Savoy but on top of that her father was a direct descendant of Charles V. She was also the older sister of Francis the 1st, a famous French king. ;) If you're interested to know more about here, click here.

21 comments:

  1. We saw Marguerite this spring when she was dressed in a beautiful skirt of flame-coloured randomly-shaped pieces of ceramic tile. According to the pictures I took of the plaque beside her, the installation, part of a series in the Luxembourg Gradens in May, was by an artist named Noel Pasquier. I love those installations that pop up through the gardens so that it's always new to visit.

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  2. Pour un moment, elle ressemble un homme!

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  3. Even though I was attacked by the descendent pigeons of Hemingway (no doubt)while eating a ham and cheese there, Jardin du Luxembourg is still one of my favorite places to kick back in Paris. BTW...515 years old, whew! For a dame without any makeup she looks good. She could use a little tanning though. Cheers Eric!

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  4. Tomate you crack me up...and coltrane_lives must be a fashion model by his/her observations! Very good!

    Great perspective Eric - both visually and written! Love it.

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  5. P.S. Nice article about you Eric at http://www.francetoday.com/blogs/index.php

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  6. We used to walk through the Jardin on our way to class. It was my favorite part of going to school. :)

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  7. She is looking expectant in more ways than one.

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  8. As Michael says, A very nice article.

    This link will get you there is the first one does not.

    http://www.francetoday.com/blogs/

    There is a heap of wonderful information on this site.
    Merci Eric and Michael.

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  9. I love these little history moments. Merci.

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  10. And hey! Nice article in France Today. Hmm...I wonder when Eric will be in Wikipedia, with links to him on other blogs...

    "This photo shows the scooter owned by Eric Tenin, famous for Paris Daily Photo, parked on the sidewalk while he takes a photo for his blog. If you're interested in learning more about Eric, click here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_de_PDP

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  11. Nice shot - a contemplative moment - I haven't seen the statue - it must be high judging by the angle... or not? Nice contrast of light grey and deep green. I'm off to read the article on Eric!

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  12. Jeff, you're too funny!

    Seriously, somebody should start a Paris Daily Photo or City Daily Photo Wikipedia page. It has become a bit of a phenomena(on?) !

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  13. She was born the day after Moi!! Another Aries....watch out for Marguerite! Now she has to watch out for pigeons...and those other enormous birds that lurk in the trees in the Luxembourg. What are they??

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  14. LOL Jeff!

    Sorry but I have to tell someone:

    You would not believe the day I had... My cell phone stopped working around noon, just one hour before a neighbor tried to reach me to warn me that there was a leak coming from my apartment...

    It's only tonight, after they had to turn off the main tap - of the whole building - that I got to call a plumber (@ 7:30 pm good luck) and had him fix the leak.

    Everything seems to be in order now, but let me tell you I'm a little nervous for I have to pack and leave tomorrow morning for a week holidays.

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  15. I am wondering what building she is contemplating there. She seems unsure wether to approve or disapprove.

    Well enjoy your week off!! Veinard! It comes at the perfect time to relax after a stressful day.

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  16. I would urge all of you who read French (and even those who don't, because I am certain that this work by Marguerite de Navarre has been translated into English) to get a copy of her L'Heptameron and to read it. It's quite good.

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  17. You should put this on your Zazzle site! Beautiful!

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  18. it's just amazing how this statue catches eye! i was eating a baguette in the park (a month ago perhaps)when it started raining and i just looked up and saw marguerite de navarre giving me a half-smile, on the backround there were dark braches and glowing grey sky - i actually got a wonderful photograph out of it. surely it was a bit creepy, but that sculpture was one of the most interesting i'd ever seen. and yet she looked so human as she stood there thinking and smiling. later i forgot the name and recently tried to find it out, even combining all sorts of park maps and etc. it is so silly i know, what a hilarious curiosity. maybe sometimes people just like to think things more mysterious than they really are. but thank you so much eric, now i have much more information about marguerite!
    merci beaucoup! cheers ! :)

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