I opened up Wikimedia Commons this morning and voilà, there it was – Le Chevalier’s home outside of Paris. (Except in this case, it’s a palace in Stockholm. Close enough!)
When I was writing the "Paris chapter" of Le Chevalier, I can’t tell you how long I scoured the web looking for a chateau of some sort that fit the image in my head. While I knew what I wanted, I always find it easier to make a scene jump off the page if I have an image in front of me to reference.
I wanted a house that was flashy, ornate, and a bit overwhelming to Alexandra, an American who lived her life in Philadelphia amid modest brick and wood buildings.
Here’s the way I described it:
|Rosendals slott (Rosendals palace). Djurgården, Stockholm|
author: Arild Vågen
source: Wikimedia Commons
Aside from the lack of cherubs and wrought iron, is this not it?