Versailles

Trip Start Jun 15, 2006
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Trip End Jul 07, 2006


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Sunday, July 16, 2006

Well, one can totally comprehend why the French Revolution occurred by just taking a tour of the palatial weekend getaway for French royalty, Versailles. It's massive; it's opulent; it's gaudy; but above all, it just screams "I have everything that you never will!" I think French royalty deserved what was coming to them, but at least they got to do it with style and splendor! We saw the bed chambers for the king and queen, their respective receiving, dining and entertaining rooms (they apparently never had to see one another if they so wished), the Hall of Mirrors, the countless ballrooms, the chapel and of course, the gardens. Everything seemed to be made of gold and jewels and other precious goods and forget wallpaper - they used velvet to cover the walls! But of course! There is also a dining room that was used for 'public viewings' so that the commoners and lesser court royals could walk through and watch the king and queen and whoever else eat their five course meal, while they themselves were in probable danger of going hungry. It was quite an interesting place.

The gardens were beautiful, but less opulent than I imagined they would be. Trees were planted to make confusing mazes throughout the gardens and every so often we would stumble onto a fountain or field of grass. It seems like it would be very easy to get away with things in those gardens. The whole place just felt a little sneaky. The flowers were in full bloom and it was delightful strolling along the paths that all of the Louis' and Marie Antoinettes' got to walk along. It would have been interesting to be able to discover the inside of the estate - to be able to go through all of the closed doors, to see the closets and the bathrooms, the things that you never get to see on the tours. It would be quite grand!
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