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Published on June 20th, 2023 | by Isabelle Karamooz, Founder of FQM


From Film to Reality: Immerse Yourself in the Story of Jeanne du Barry

Embark on an extraordinary journey through the captivating life of Jeanne du Barry, the audacious courtesan who left an indelible mark on French history. As the Cannes Film Festival unveils the mesmerizing film adaptation starring Maïwenn and Johnny Depp, we invite you to join us on an exclusive tour of the Île-de-France region, where Jeanne’s remarkable tale unfolded.

Photo by Kyle Loftus:

From her humble origins in Vaucouleurs to her education at the prestigious boarding school run by the Dames de Saint-Aure, Jeanne Bécu’s extraordinary journey begins. Uncover the secrets of the former Convent of the Benedictine Ladies of the Blessed Sacrament, an architectural gem that inspired Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables and served as a backdrop to Jeanne’s early life.

Step into the opulence of the Château de Versailles, where Jeanne’s captivating presence as the king’s favorite came to life. Explore her meticulously designed apartments, witness the grandeur of the Royal Courtyard, and immerse yourself in the splendor of the gardens. Feel the echoes of the past as you walk the same halls that bore witness to Jeanne’s ascent and the schemes of those who envied her.

No journey into Jeanne du Barry’s world would be complete without a visit to the breathtaking Château de Louveciennes. Marvel at the exquisite architecture crafted by Ange-Jacques Gabriel, the King’s first architect, as you wander through the enchanting park and music pavilion. Let the beauty of the estate transport you to the time when Jeanne sought solace in this serene sanctuary.

As you explore the Île-de-France region, you’ll also encounter familiar sights from the film, including the magnificent Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte and Champs-sur-Marne. Let the magic of cinema and history intertwine as you witness the stunning locations that brought Jeanne’s world to life on the silver screen.

Book your tickets now and embark on this extraordinary journey into the heart of French history. Immerse yourself in the glamour, intrigue, and allure of Jeanne du Barry’s world. Let the captivating film be your guide as you delve into the remarkable life of this liberated woman who defied conventions and left an enduring legacy. Get ready to be enchanted by the splendor of the Île-de-France region and the captivating story of Jeanne du Barry.

Header Photo Credit: cottonbro studio

About the Author

is originally from Versailles, France. Isabelle harbored a lifelong fascination with exploring the world. Her journey began at 17 when she seized the opportunity to study abroad in Rhonda, Spain, igniting a passion for travel that took her across continents. From vibrant Hong Kong to picturesque Ireland, from the historic streets of Italy to the enchanting landscapes of Morocco, she embraced diverse cultures and experiences, truly embodying the spirit of a global citizen. After several years of exploration, Isabelle found a sense of home in Los Angeles, where she immersed herself in the vibrant cultural scene while working at the French Consulate. With a deep-seated love for the arts and history, she pursued her academic endeavors, earning a Bachelor's degree in History from the University of California, Berkeley. Furthering her dedication to education, she has studied to pursue a Master's program in teaching at the University of Southern California, eventually sharing her knowledge and passion as a French instructor for aspiring students at UNLV and CSN in Nevada. Driven by her passion for storytelling and cultural exchange, Isabelle founded French Quarter Magazine, where she serves as the Editor-in-Chief. In this role, she orchestrates the publication's diverse content, from conducting interviews and pitching story ideas to capturing captivating moments through photography. Currently, she is channeling her creative energies into her first English-language work, a novel that delves into the compelling life of Coco Chanel. Filled with adventure, intrigue, and a touch of romance, her debut novel promises to captivate readers with its rich tapestry of history and emotion.

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