Catherine became something of an all-purpose Fille Vendredi. (I'm sinking low with that one.) During the Revolution and the years that the Royal Family and their attendants, including the Princesse de Lamballe, were at the Tuileries and Tower, she was a courier, a spy, an errand-girl within France and abroad. In this capacity, she was "repeatedly a witness, by the side of the Princess Lamballe, of the appalling scenes… when the Queen was generally selected as the most marked victim of malicious indignity. Having had the honor of so often beholding this much-injured Queen and never without remarking how amiable in her manners, how condescendingly kind in her deportment toward everyone about her, how charitably generous, and withal, how beautiful she was; I looked upon her as a model of perfection."
Catherine describes how the Princesse, only months before her death, delivered the journal into her hands in a private alley of the Tuileries, for her to read and protect. Catherine supplemented it with her observations and memories and, violà, a glorious evening reading the events of the French Revolution as seen through the eyes of the Princesse de Lamballe and her secret agent.
The top three pictures are of the remains of the burned Tuileries Palace. They're practically unmarked in an obscure park in Paris. If not for Elissa, I'd not be aware of them. Their existance hasn't been mentioned in anything I've read.
I was standing on the former location of the Tuileries when I took the picture of the Eiffel Tower in the snow last March. The Tuileries was the fourth side of the square formed that was formed by it and the Louvre. The engraving is of the Tuileries before it burned down. Behind it, in the distance, are the Obelisk, standing in what is now know as the Place de Concorde, and beyond that, the Arc de Triomphe.
The cuter-in-real-life orange, waterproof shoes are on my feet standing on the snowy ground on which the Tuileries stood before it was burned down in 1871.
I confess. The title of this post was stolen from a post on Marie Antoinette forum.