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Palace of Versailles

All the glories of France

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Louis XIII to Louis XVI, they all had a hand in transforming Versailles to an enchanted land. Louis XIV officially moved his Court there in 1682 from Paris. Over one hundred years later the French court under Louis XVI was returned to Paris, as a result of the women's march on Versailles. In 1837 king Louis-Philippe opened the museum.

So much of the development of this palace is the result of the political happenings of the time. There is the room of war and the room of peace. It is amazing how beautiful this place is. Everything is over the top and I love it!

Everything is glorious...
the gates

the gates

the courtyard

the courtyard


the Church

the Church

the ceilings

the ceilings


the statues

the statues


the halls

the halls


the rooms

the rooms


the paintings

the paintings

yes I was able to get a picture of this massive painting the Coronation. There are two! No idea if either one is a copy though]

the grounds

the grounds

Out of all of our trips this one was the most stressful, after doing some research we found out it was easy to take the metro to the nearest RER C line which would take us directly there. All we needed to do was stop at the information booth in the metro, they'd tell us where to make the connection and we could get our tickets for RER. Well it didn't work like that at all. We got to the metro station and there was no one there. After waiting 5 minutes we figured our own way to connect with the RER. We excited at that stop and went to the information booth, where we were told we had to go to a different station which was across the street (in reality, two blocks). Yes we did find our way, but it was stressful. When we got there the cobblestones were covered with a film of ice. It was so slippery, I thought I was going to wipe out for sure. I didn't and was glad to be an unfashionable Canadian in my sneakers.

I have waited almost 30 years to make this trip to Versailles. It didn't disappoint.

Posted by kwtraumer 10:14 Archived in France

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