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Marie-Antoinette

As a member of Austria’s Hapsburg family, Marie-Antoinette was no stranger to the royal life when she married the future King Louis XVI of France at age 15. But it was in Versailles that Marie-Antoinette became known for her extravagant and frivolous ways, which contributed to her downfall and that of the country’s monarchy.

This Journey explores the refined tastes of the last French queen, as well as the amazing story of her life and death. The Journey begins at the Conciergerie, a prison and tribunal during the French Revolution, and the site of  Marie-Antoinette's darkest days, awaiting her execution by guillotine. After this dramatic encounter, we make a turn toward the queen's happier days. The chocolatier who introduced Marie-Antoinette to the pleasures of the at-that-time novel sweet still exists and still produces the finest chocolates in France: Debauve & Gallais. It was the pharmacist Debauve who invented solid chocolate as a way to make medicine palatable for the young queen. At Debauve & Gallais, you’ll learn about — and taste — the Pistoles de Marie-Antoinette and hear other historic anecdotes from Bernard Poussin, the 9th-generation leader of the maison Debauve et Gallais, while enjoying the queen’s favorite Heidsieck champagne.

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