"There are a lot of people in Versailles today."
Trip Start Sep 07, 2010
60Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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The Palace of Versailles (or the Château de Versailles in French) served as the central political power of France for over hundred years between the 17th and 18th centuries, beginning with King Louis XIV. During this time, the original structure was expanded upon until it grew to the size and grandeur that it is today. The palace is filled with lush apartments and grand hallways. One of the most famous is the Hall of Mirrors (Galerie des Glaces) in which mirrors line one wall that faces another windowed wall to the outside.
Once inside, Amy and I were wedged between a million Asian tourists. It was hot and overcrowded inside. Some of the rooms were simply too small to accommodate all the people they let inside and would bottleneck the entire tour leaving everything at a standstill. The audio guide that was included was good, but, after awhile, it was hard to bear being pushed and shoved around by everyone else that it wasn’t worth it. We mostly started pointing out locations in which Kirsten Dunst performed certain actions (mainly running down hallways or crying in the corner) from the 2006 film Marie Antoinette.
The Palace of Versailles was nice, but, of course, not as nice or big as we had imagined, and the overcrowding ruined it all. We meandered outside for a little while wandering the gardens which were quite nice as well, but mostly we just wanted to go back to London. We slept on the train back to Paris, but we were excited because we had only one day left in that terrible place before we finally were swept back off to London.
P.S. The title of this blog is a quote from the film Marie Antoinette to which the response is, "Yes, there are."