Welcome to the new Versailles and more!

I have been working very hard these past few months to bring you this new blog, and it is heartening to see at long last the result of these efforts.

Where should I begin? You may notice we now have 7 articles on the home page. I picked some long time favorites, and a few newer posts for this first issue. I went back to old articles, updated them, included more pictures. You will see these “new old” posts as they return to the front page in the coming weeks. and months One of the advantages of this new blog is that I no longer have to worry about loading speed when I wish to illustrate a post.: pictures are now optimized in terms of weight. This means more 18th century paintings for your pleasure, and mine too…

Another major change: look at the categories at the right hand corner of my header: Marie Antoinette, 18th Century Life, At Versailles, French Revolution, Napoléon & Joséphine, Historical Fiction,  Art, Books & Films. I invite you to browse them at your leisure, for I have gathered there my favorite articles. Not all of the posts referring to any given topic will be there, mind you. I wished to showcase the ones that seemed the most interesting. If you wish to see ALL posts mentioning the Revolution, for instance, I recommend you use the (now functional!) search engine. Please note that many archived posts are not categorized, because the category list would have become too cumbersome. The search engine is here to help you find those. 

Even I was getting lost in the ever growing clutter of my sidebar. Un chat n’y aurait pas retrouvé ses petits, as we say in French. A cat wouldn’t have found her kittens in there… Now you will see that the reorganized blogroll is on a pull-down menu and the list of my recent posts has been moved to the footer of the blog.

If you have any suggestions, please do not hesitate to comment below or email me. I am sure many details will have to be ironed out as we go, but this is a new beginning…

Speaking of new beginnings, spring has arrived after a long and harsh winter. Monsieur Boucher will put us in the mood for this season:

Boucher spring

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17 Comments to “Welcome to the new Versailles and more!”

  1. Penny says:

    Je Suis Desole pour ma faulte
    I did not notice and therefore
    mention your cute authentic 18th C bird.
    So now I make up for my mistake
    It is cute.
    I have hung the banner picture of
    the Concierge in my apt.
    Merci beaucoup.
    to copy Sue, Je l’ aime beaucoup.

  2. Sue says:

    Catherine, the new layout looks divine. Je l’aime beaucoup.

  3. Well, I may be late to the party … but, I’ll be an enthusiastic participant in the House Warming festivities, nonetheless!

    It really looks marvelous. I love the idea of so many articles on the home page…and it’s a great way to see if, perhaps, I’ve missed some along the way. (Even loyalists can get sloppy from time to time!)

    This is my second favorite Boucher “season” – I will always be partial to Winter … but it’s hard to find fault with this romantic couple, eh?!

  4. Catherine Delors says:

    Thanks, Daphne, Elisa, Penny! I too was sad to see La Conciergerie go. I put the picture in this post:

    See, it’s not lost!

  5. Penny says:

    I like it but I also miss the Tuerilleries picture. I lhad liked that
    so much it is now on my dining room wall.
    but then I also like this one. It has the feel
    of an old document. they would not have had a newspaper
    in those days would they?
    In reading American history, I found a book
    which seemed to think newspapers were just getting

  6. Elisa says:

    Wow! This looks fantastic! J’aime!

  7. Club Penguin says:

    Nice post. Love ur site!

  8. Daphne says:

    It looks very nice – clean and simple and I like the categories and links at the bottom.

  9. Catherine Delors says:

    Thanks, Sandra and Lisa! You are right: fortunate are the writers with any time to write…
    Miss Moppet, your comment makes me very happy. This was just the point: getting visitors to explore the archives. From early traffic reports, you are not alone. Pourvu que ça doure, as Madame Mère used to say!

  10. Miss Moppet says:

    I love this. The oyster background is beautiful and very easy on the eye. Love the Twitter bird too!

    Looking forward to exploring the site! I’ve already found posts I didn’t know about.

  11. Lisa Yarde says:

    Hi Catherine, the blog re-design is beautiful. We just changed ours at HNR, too. With all the blog and website maintenance, it’s a wonder any writer has time to just write.

  12. This is GORGEOUS, Catherine!

  13. catherinedelors says:

    That’s what comes from getting up early, Susan… like the bird! Thanks for being the very first commenters of the new blog, and yes, this 18th century Twitter birdie is my pride and joy (one of them at least.)

  14. Lovely! Congratulations, Catherine! It looks splendid! I know what you mean about the cluttered sidebar. Mine were driving me crazy, and I had to start a separate links page. This is so clean and orderly!

  15. Let me be among the first to say congratulations on a job well done! Beautiful redesign. I’m looking forward to seeing more examples of 18th century art, as well as reading more of your fascinating posts.

  16. Susan Higginbotham says:


  17. I can’t believe I’m first to comment! The new blog is lovely, Catherine, from the heading to the Boucher to the little tweeting-twitter-bird. Congratulations!

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