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Versailles, France

28 August 2011

I had visited Versaille many years ago. It is a place that stays with you. I knew when I plannd a trip to France with my family Versailles would be a must see.

We woke up very early (as we did every morning on this trip) and took the metro from our hotel to Charles De Guaille airport to get our car. From there we drove to Versailles. Thanks to Rick Steves, we picked up our entrance tickets at a cafe just outside of the palace. This saved us a lot of time standing in line. The lines at Versailles are HUGE. It was also the perfect place to have our breakfast. You cannot bring food or water into the palace and the food options inside are not many.

Versailles is a Royal Chayeau in French Baroque architecture. It started out as a hunting lodge, just outside of Paris, in 1624. It was bulit by King Louis XIII who also enlarged the chateau. King Louis XIV enlarged Versailles even more. Versailles is one of the largest palaces in the world. Louis XIV moved from Paris to Versailles in 1682. Versailled remained the centre of political power until 1789 at the beginning of the French Revolution. Versailles is a symbol of absolute monarchy, of the Ancien Regime.

In modern times Versailles has played an important part in world events. The opening of the Paris Peace Conference, 18 January 1919, opened at Versailles. The Treaty of Versailles which placed the sole blame of World War One on Germany was signed at Versailles on 28 June 1919.

There are grand palaces and then there is Versailles. Images cannot capture the granduer and majesty of Versailles. Walls cevered in gold. Walls floors and ceilings made of marble. So much marble was used in the making of Versailles that sources outside of France had to be found.

After touring the palace and having a quick lunch it was time to walk around the gardens. I still have not seen all of the grounds of Versailles. Versailles has one of the finest examples of a French garden.

The Grand Trianon Loggia

The Orangerie is STUNNING.

It was now time to jump in the car and drive to our next stop Bayeux.  

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