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- (provencal) the medieval dialects of Langue d'oc (southern France)
- A former province of southeastern France, on the Mediterranean coast, east of the Rhone River. It is now part of the region of Provence–Alpes–Cote d'Azur
- (provencal) of or relating to Provence or its people or their culture
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- An establishment providing accommodations, meals, and other services for travelers and tourists
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- (hotel) a building where travelers can pay for lodging and meals and other services
Luxembourg Palace | Jardin du Luxembourg
The palace was built for Marie de Medicis, mother of king Louis XIII of France and of Gaston, duc d'Orleans, just near the site of an old hotel particulier owned by Francois-Henri de Montmorency, duc de Piney-Luxembourg, hence its name (now called Petit Luxembourg, home of the president of French Senate). Marie de Medicis desired to make a building similar to her native Florence's Palazzo Pitti, and to this effect had the main architect Salomon de Brosse send architect Clement Metezeau? to Florence to obtain drawings. Marie de Medicis bought the structure and its fairly extensive domain in 1612 and commissioned the new building, which she referred to as her Palais Medicis, in 1615. Its construction and furnishing formed her major artistic project, though nothing remains today of the interiors as they were created for her, save some architectural fragments reassembled in the Salle du Livre d'Or. The suites of paintings she commissioned, in the subjects of which she expressed her requirements through her agents and advisors, are scattered among museums.
Floor plan shows the large enclosed cour d'honneur
A series of twenty-four triumphant canvases were commissioned from Peter Paul Rubens. A series of paintings executed for her Cabinet dore ("gilded study") was identified by Anthony Blunt in 1967. To the right of the block of the Luxembourg, erected at the same time, was the mass of the Palais du Petit-Luxembourg (see below).
Marie de Medicis installed her household in 1625, while work on interiors continued. The apartments to one side were reserved for the Queen and the matching suite on the other for her son, Louis XIII (floor plan). Construction was finished in 1631; the Queen Mother was forced from court shortly after, following the "Day of the Dupes" in November 1631. Louis XIII commissioned further decorations for the Palace from Nicolas Poussin and Philippe de Champaigne.
In 1642, Marie bequeathed the Luxembourg to her second and favourite son, Gaston d'Orleans. Upon Gaston's death, the palace passed to his widow, Marguerite de Lorraine, then to his elder daughter by his first marriage, Anne, duchesse de Montpensier, La Grande Mademoiselle. In 1660, Anne de Montpensier sold the Luxembourg to her younger half-sister, Elisabeth Marguerite d'Orleans, duchesse de Guise who, in turn, gave it to her cousin, king Louis XIV, in 1694.
In 1750, the palace became a museum—the forerunner of the Louvre—, and was open two days a week until 1779. In 1778, the palace was given to the comte de Provence by his brother Louis XVI. During the French Revolution, it was briefly a prison, then the seat of the French Directory and later the first residence of Napoleon Bonaparte, as First Consul of the French Republic. It has continued its senatorial role, with brief interruptions, ever since.
In the nineteenth century, the palace was extensively remodeled, with a new garden facade by Alphonse de Gisors (1836–1841), and a cycle of paintings (1845–1847) by Eugene Delacroix that was added to the library.
In fine weather, Parisians fill the Jardin du Luxembourg
During the German occupation of Paris (1940–1944), Hermann Goring took over the palace as the headquarters of the Luftwaffe in France, taking for himself a sumptuous suite of rooms to accommodate his visits to the French capital.
His subordinate, Luftwaffe Field Marshal Hugo Sperrle, was also given an apartment in the Luxembourg palace, and spent most of the war enjoying the luxurious surroundings. "The Field Marshal's craving for luxury and public display ran a close second to that of his superior, Goering; he was also his match in corpulence," wrote armaments minister Albert Speer after a visit to Sperrle in Paris.
The palace was a designated "strong point" for German forces defending the city in August 1944, but thanks to the decision of Commanding General Dietrich von Choltitz to surrender the city rather than fight, the palace was only minimally damaged.
From 29 July to 15 October 1946, the Luxembourg Palace was the site of the talks of Paris Peace Conference.
A few miles from Beverly Hills and the renowned Rodeo Drive, the ultra-chic area of Bel-Air hosts a first class hotel where you can discover plenty of the glamour, which certainly helped to make Californias reputation. Owned by one of the richest man in the world, the Bel-Air is more than a life: its a way of life where you can get married or simply enjoy spending a little time there like Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.Or simply, you can just have the most wonderful stay in a climate which is a little like Provence in the middle of Los Angeles. Among Mediterranean villas and Californian-style mansions dating from 1922, each room is unique in this hotel which has long been considered a refuge for celebrities from all over the world. Do your best to reserve room 240 with its private terrace or the Grace Kelly suite whose room leads to the most beautiful patio. Moreover, though hardly a republican, Prince Charles is still a big fan of the presidential suite!The service is discretion itself and the staff so efficient and professional youll hardly notice they are there.
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