Louis XIV Asks Riddles VIII

Esteemed Readers, a beautiful summer of crazy 2020 is almost over. So, let’s meet autumn with this curious & rather industrial riddle belonging to Louis XIV’s times. Good luck!

“I never walk around the town. If I do I wear a cloak. And it is the most skillful when I supply water”.

REPLY to the Riddle posted on July 26, 2020: GLASS 

Dear Luisa, you have won! My congratulations!

Vive le Roy! 🙂

Maria KethuProfumo



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Jean-Baptiste Lully: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme

“Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme” is a brilliant comedy-ballet, a fruit of two genii, Moliére & Jean-Baptiste Lully. The first performance took place October 14, 1670 in  Château of Chambord. Decorations were made by Carlo Vigarani, costumes were inspired by Chevalier d’Arvieux. The success was deafening.

The plot should be known to you, Esteemed Readers. In fact, “Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme” is a play out of time. It is still urgent & I suppose that there are too many characters like Messire Jourdain in our hi-tech reality. I should notice that ballet entrées are rather fabulous in this performances. They add very particular satirique mood to the story.

I present you Sarabande to transmit some festive mood for last days of August.

Vive le Roy! 🙂

Maria KethuProfumo

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Vinicius de Moraes: Carta ao Tom /Letter to Tom

Esteemed Readers, this time I would like to present you a very particular song by Vinicius de Moraes composed for Tom Jobim. The 70s was a tough period in Brazil, so Tom Jobim & many other genii of the Brazilian music, including Chico Buarque, had to pass through an exile experience. In one of his interview Jobim confessed that his staying abroad was a time of a great frustration, unbearable sadness. This mood might be clearly felt in his songs of that period.

“Carta ao Tom/Letter to Tom” is a brilliant music solution invented by his friend Vinicius de Moraes. It is a symbol of a true friendship reminding us of importance to encourage our milieu in hard times. In case of Tom Jobim we might say that “Vinicius in need is Vinicius indeed”. 🙂

Maria KethuProfumo

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Jean-Baptiste Lully: Le Triomphe de l’Amour

“Le Triomphe de l’Amour/The Triumph of Love” is another sublime opera-ballet by Jean-Baptiste Lully, staged for the first time at St. Germain en Laye, 21st January, 1681 on occasion of arriving to the Court Marie-Anne-Christine-Victoire de Baviére, the Grand Dauphine’s wife. It had a great success & was performed many times. This ballet was a reason of a great agitation at the Court & many courtiers desired to dance in it. Another curiosity is the fact that “The Triumph of Love” was danced by Louis XIV’s children & young generation courtiers. Mademoiselle de Nantes, no matter her youth, was highly praised by M. de Benserade (librettist of Louis XIV’s Royal Ballets).

The plot is rather simple dedicated to joys of love, so I leave you with a small music extract & wonderful costumes, Esteemed Readers.

Vive le Roy! 🙂

Maria KethuProfumo

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Tom Jobim: Eu Não Existo sem Você/I Don’t Exist Without You

“Eu não Existo sem Você ” is another sophisticated music composition by Vinicius de Moraes & Tom Jobim. It is a rare gem of romanticism & hymn of love that might be created only by true Minstrels. I suppose that its translation deserves to be added to comprehend the depth of this wonderful piece of music out of time:

“You & I we know that the life desired so: not to separate us ever.

You & I we know that distance doesn’t exist and that any great love becomes great in sadness.

So, my love, don’t fear to suffer as all the road will lead me to you.

Alike the ocean that can be beautiful only with the Moon.

Alike a song that can have sense only being performed.

Alike a black cloud that can appear only for rain.

Alike a poet that can become great only suffering.

Alike life without love has no sense.

You don’t exist without me & I don’t exist without you.”

Bravi, maestri! 🙂 🙂 🙂

Maria KethuProfumo

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Mercure Galant: Louis XIV Travels to Luxembourg III

Esteemed Readers, we proceed the Royal voyage of His Majesty to Luxembourg. The weather is fine, roads are smooth for that epoch as well as the journey itself is pleasant & leisurely.

“Monsieur Dauphin arrived to Claye before six o’clock in the evening because he knew that the King was to reach that place in about 1 hour. He changed his garments & went ahead of His Majesty. Everybody knows how much this Prince is tireless, galant & that he is deeply attached to the King.

His Majesty arrived to Claye at time I had mentioned you, & was accommodated with comfort in the house of M. Enjorant, the General Advocate of the Great Council, & to a certain extent Seigneur of this Village. He was honoured to salute the King, who welcomed him in a charming manner so natural for this great Monarch. As M. Enjorant’s house had been reserved for the King, Chief Officers of dwelling marked one for him in the Village, when accommodation for the Journey Officers was done with chalk, so that this very day was regarded as the one in the House of His Majesty. The quality “Hoste du Roy/King’s Guest” was the one Officers of dwelling wrote to distinguish any proper house.

Monsieur (Philippe I d’Orléans, Louis XIV’s brother),& Madame Duchess obtained the Apartments near the Château where the King had stayed. Madame Princesse de Conty, & Monsieur Duke of Maine stayed at the farm of Mr. d’Herouville, Maistre d’Hostel of His Majesty. Then Messieurs Princes du Sang/the Royal Princes obtained most comfortable dwelling, while those who desired to have more space went to Meaux…” To be continued.

If you have missed the beginning, please, see these posts:

The Voyage, Part I:

The Voyage, Part II:

PS. Painting by Claude Lorrain

Vive le Roy! 🙂


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La Gazette in 2020: Historical News Today

Esteemed Readers, it is already the end of July & it is time to share with you some European news 1632. (For newcomers we are still in the Thirty Year’s time 1618-1648. Europe is in war fires, there are calamities & mourn in any country).

Naples, 7th July,1632: “Everybody is under suspicion so even jokes are criminal here. Thus two young Napolitan Gentlemen became sick of dishonesty, (which the Frenchmen call the ailment of Naples, while they do the ailment of France), so they disguised one another to wander around in the night to shout “Vive la France”. They were detained & hung for these screams, while their nobility just gave them time to explain their behaviour to their Confessor”.

London, 19th July, 1632: “The son of our Great Treasurer has finally performed a wedding with the youngest Duchess of Lenos arranged by the Bishop of London in the Chapel of Milord Rohampton’s house where the King of the Great Britain, who assisted the ceremony, presented the spouses to his fiancée. They performed her a very gracious bow. As soon as the spouses left the Church, they proceeded to three tables: the first was for the King & the Queen of England, the second for the newlyweds & the third was for the rest of the English nobility. He is going to pay a visit to his uncle in France in the capacity of an Ambassador Extraordinary”.

Amsterdam, 17th July, 1632: “Our troops have captured a convoy of the Spanish Cavalry moving 60 carts of provisions to their camp. Hurray! (my exclamation). The Ambassador of the King of Denmark has arrived to the Hagues”.

Vive le Roy! 🙂

Maria KethuProfumo

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Soviet Movie Café: Per Aspera Ad Astra

As a space pioneer the Soviet Union did his best to highlight its priority in the cinema industry. Certainly, our movies have no stunning effects of the Hollywood ones, but they impress with their human depth, with versatile expressions of characters & their behaviour. Any Soviet Sci-fi movie tells mostly about a moral choice, courage, a human dialogue with the space world. Even aliens seem to be kind, reasonable, ones who have the heart or learn to do good deeds.

Per Aspera Ad Astra (1981) is the movie of the kind. The Plot so far: A Russian scientific spaceship ‘Pushkin’ discovers an abonded alien spaceship of unknown origin. All the creatures there except one women are dead. Scientists bring her to Earth & name her Neeya. She suffers from memory loss, adapts to the Earth life & discovers that she has telekinetic powers. Then she begins to teleport to various places & back remembering terrible events: army of clones created by Professor Glan to kill.  The scientists fly to this planet named Dessa to help living there & discover that it has been polluted, all the mineral resources have been depleted, so the life is only possible due to gas masks produced at a factory of evil creatures who control the planet. Neeya will do everything possible to save it, while we, human beings, should make right conclusions from this very plot.

The movie exists on Amazon Prime & bingo! I have found it in perfect quality on Youtube with English subtitles: Per Aspera Ad Astra 1981 

Enjoy watching, Esteemed Readers! Take care of our planet!

Maria KethuProfumo

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Louis XIV Asks Riddles VII

Esteemed Readers, today I present you a fragile & light riddle. Returning back to the ordinary life (I wish the same to all of you who are still locked down), should happen slowly. 🙂 So, I hope that it will be easy to guessed out. Good luck!

“I’m born from the one who destroys everything. Joined with those who know the art of subduing the wind, they mold my body from ashes just with a wise blowing”.

REPLY to the Riddle posted on June 26, 2020: DREAM All of you were so close to it!

Vive le Roy! 🙂

Maria KethuProfumo


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Tom Jobim: Wave

“Wave” is another absolute hit made by Tom Jobim. The album having the same name was released in 1967. It seems to me that it is a perfect summer composition, full of hope & joy.  It has sounded in many TV-series & movies, including a famous comedy dedicated to our genius “Bossa Nova” (2000) by Bruno Barreto. Enjoy listening, Esteemed Readers!

Maria KethuProfumo

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