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February 22, 2017

A Description of Paris in the 18th Century



A description of Paris between the years 1787-1789. An Englishman visits Paris and this is what he had to say...


"Walking, which in London is so pleasant and clean that ladies do it every day, is here a toil and a fatigue to a man and an impossibility to a well-dressed lady. Paris is an ineligible residence for persons who cannot afford to keep a coach, a convenience which is as dear as at London." An English Visitor

Quote from: Young, Arthur. 1792. Travels during the years 1787, 1788, and 1789, undertaken more particularly with a view of ascertaining the cultivation, wealth, resources, and national prosperity of the kingdom of France. Bury: St. Edmund's, J. Rackham.
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4 comments

  1. Wow.... If only Louis the 16th was a more powerful king, he could have turned everything around. I read some of the income distribution ideas and new laws he had made that nobles were against and they had so much potential.

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    1. Fascinating! It would have been interesting to see what he could have achieved as he aged.

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    2. Here is something you might find interesting. Note what the charges say: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trial_of_Louis_XVI

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  2. I agree, looking at the picture and knowing as a historian the immense twists and turns, it was exhausting to be sure. Not to mention petticoats, heels, cloaks, bodices, hats, and any other accoutrements.
    Thanks for this! Been a follower of yours for three years! Thestorytellertravel.com

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