We left home very early in the morning and zipped on through to Paris (which is a massively big city). About 10 km outside of Paris is Versailles. Now, remember that we just saw an incomplete copy of Versailles a couple of weeks ago down in Bavaria, but I was totally blown away with my first sight of the palace.
It's huge! It has got lots and lots of guilding. Its gorgeous!!
How many movies have I watched where the Musketeers or the peasants were at these gates...
Check out the fabulous top - the thing below the crown looks like a sun - for the Sun King and it has got Fleurs de Lis on it , topped by that very nice crown...all in sparkley gold!
Way in the front we are greeted by a massive statue of the Sun King Louis XIV himself. Liv is in the pic to provide some perspective. There are ankl -spraining cobblestones that lead up to the main gate. Behind the gate, the cobblestones become very sooth and even - it would not do for the royals to twist their ankle.
No comment on this one...
The inner courtyard - actually only half of it. See all the gold on the buildings. It actually stops right outside the of this photo, as they are redoing it, I am sure by next year the whole thing will be beautiful and golden again.
There is one of these on each side of the palace - they both say the same thing - "All for the Glories of France"
A peek inside Louis' chapel - I think the furniture is gone courtesy of La Revolution... Louis (14) really found religion late in life and this chapel was an add-on to the palace.
Here is a shot of the ceiling. The chapel had two floors to it, and the seating/standing order was in accordance to the strict hierarchy of the French court.
This hallway is filled with statues of all the Who is Who at the time in France. I hope you can see how long this hallway was, and there were two of these hallways filled with, sometimes very handsome, men.
Here is the king's bed - his first audiences of the day were done in the bedroom.
No mix and matching here. The fabric was stunning.
But who cares about the king - what about the queen - Marie Antoinette? This, unfortunately, is the only picture I was able to find of her, there were supposed to be others, but they must have been off to restoration.
Her bedroom rocks.
This bedroom is actually a recreation, since the good citizens of France destroyed her bedroom. The fabric had to be rewoven from pictures. Its a perfect princess room, really girlie. The door that you see open was the door she escaped through when the revolutionaries entered the palace.
Here is a close-up of the curtain - its protect with plexiglass from the likes of me, who would have to reach out and touch it - the curtain has roses, lilacs, pansies, carnations, and many other flowers I could not identify, on it.
This is the bedroom she has prior to Louis XVI ascending to the throne - not bad if you ask me.
Last but not least, here are two shots of the famous Hall of Mirrors - can't you just imagine it full of French royalty dressed to the hilt, all bathed in candle light?
I will post some pics of the amazing gardens tomorrow and then on to our visit to Normandy - what a visit it was.
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