THE JOURNEY IN THE WEST
NEVER was a princely journey more triumphal than that of the Duchess of Berry in the provinces of the west in 1828. Madame, who left Paris June 16, returned there October 1, and there was not a day in these three months that she was not the object of enthusiastic ovations. In a book of nearly six hundred pages, Viscount Walsh has described, with the fidelity of a Dangeau, this journey in which the mother of the Duke of Bordeaux was treated like a queen of a fairy tale.
The 16th of June, the Princess slept at Rambouillet, where two years later such cruel trials were to come to her. The 18th, she visited Chambord, where she was received by Count Adrien de Calonne, the author of the project of the subscription, thanks to which this historic château became the property of the Duke of Bordeaux.
In the face of the wind, which was blowing with force, Madame ascended to the highest point of the château, the platform of the lantern called Fleur-deLis at the end of the famous double balustered staircase. From there her glance wandered over the vast