Fouquet was a romantic and set about building a magnificent chateau using the talents of Louis le vau,Andre le Notre and Charles le Brun..then unknowns in French society. In 1661..5 years before the Great Fire of London..Fouquet had a great party to celebrate his gorgeous new chateau. He invited the King,Louis the 14th and there was a great party where 2000 candles were lit and there was fireworks and an orchestra and champagne flowed....
Unfortunately, the King was very jealous and imprisoned Fouquet for various charges...And proceed to engage the artists,le Vau.le Brun and le Notre and commission them to start work on the Chateau Versailles,which at that time was still just a hunting lodge...Each year they re-enact the party of 1661 and light 2000 candles in the chateau and there is no other light ..they have a Baroque orchestra playing in the exquisite gardens and champagne bar...Parfait indeed!
I had visit the chateau
I had the pleasure of visiting Vaux le Vicomte 3 years ago.
I have this idea that if Fouquet had never had the party and invitetd the King...would versailles be what it is today because paerhaps he would not have discovered those great artisan to create the Palace we know..food for thought!
My home in Australia
So the I take you from 17th/18Th century France to 21th century Australia ! Queensland to be axact and to my home "Cooloola" which means "resting place". The style of architecture here is very colonial due to our origins of pioneering Anglo saxons
In Queensland due to our very hot,humid climate we have what is called "Colonial Queendlanders" which have beautiful verandas,very high ceilings,polished floors and built to catch the breezes. Our home "Cooloola" was built in about 1890..
our beautiful poolhouse
We have beautiful Georgian style sash windows,big verandas and truncated gables. The back of our home we renovated to create a beautiful lagoon pool with pool-house for entertaining. The colonial feel to the home comes from sprawling verandahs but also the symmetry of the home.
Frances lovely veranda at the left
and the backyard with the lagoon pool house
We love entertaing hera as it is perfect for our hot summers...But the interiors for me merge..Our lives in Australia are very much governed by indoor/outdoor lifestyle hence bar-b-ques on the deck or soirees in the formal area. The beauty of Colonial Queenslanders means that you can do both forms of entertaining. Our formal areas includes a dining and drawing room and I often open a sash window which then flow out onto the front verandah.
You are always so very much welcome to come and join for some champagne and sit and chat and enjoy life....
picture at the left are from Francess livingroom ..
and the champagne is always on ice...
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