Chateau de Versailles - Entrance
I’m letting out some steam now, planning one week of just idling the time away at home, or sort of. Just doing the things I really want to do. One of these things is keep writing blogposts to share my views of Paris and life with you! I have some precious pictures of the Chateau de Versailles, where I went with my family a couple weeks ago.
I had visited the Chateau before, 32 years ago, on motorcyles, with a German and two French friends. Hey, I’m not that old?
This time we took the bus. And the metro first. We went early, to avoid crowds. I can’t remember if the central entrance was as GOLDEN as this 32 years ago. I bet not. I don’t know, they must have re-done the guilding recently cause it looks so very golden and new:) We had booked tickets via internet, which was fine because we got inside really quickly. Once inside, we and all the other visitors (there were already many of them, despite the relatively early hour ) were all equipped with those audio-players, tripped over each other while figuring out how those things worked…
We went from room to room, trying to admire the paintings and the furniture and the wonderful lusters. I must say that this was made difficult because we were stuck in a crowd of Japanese tourists firing their cameras at every little detail on the wall and in the room, (sorry Japanese fellows, I don’t want to offend anyone here but you gave us a hard time in there) and not letting us go by a little more quickly:) So I unfortunately didn’t look much at the wonderful things exhibited but rather looked out of the windows onto the gardens, and admired the vastness.
There were two stories to visit and my mom had to take the elevator cause she doesn’t walk so well. A nice person took my mom, my dad and me in charge and accompanied us to a distant, otherwise inaccessible elevator, while the others, my husband, brother and sister in law went on with the crowd. Now came part of the visit which I loved: we had to follow the guard along several empty hallways, corridors and enourmous rooms, beautifully wallpapered, with marvellous lusters and furniture, and there was not one other tourist in there! I took only one picture, the one with the wide luster in a stairway, and I love it.
Chateau de Versaille - Inner halls with beautiful luster
During the second part of the visit on the second floor, we saw the famous Mirror Gallery, I’ll have to show some pictures of this in my next post. For today, we are heading out now to the gardens of the Chateau de Versailles, were we stop at the “Petit Trianon”, the Quenn Antoinette’s “Playground” a vast area with large lawns, ponds, little bridges, and 12 romantic little cottage-hamlets, which she had built so to be able to ran away from the court’s stiff etiquette as often as she was allowed to. Don’t think about the money it took to build that while her subjects were having trouble to earn their daily bred! No. Just walk and admire those perfect little farm-houses with read-roofs, timber-framing, external circular staircases, and little bridges integrated, passing over brooklet full of carps who come and beg for food when you look at them:). Ok, enough for today, take care, have a wonderful weekend. See you at the Chateau de Versailles soon!
Chateau de Versailles - Beautiful statue at a fountain in the gardens
Chateau de Versailles - Miss Doodle getting dressed for the ball
Chateau de Versailles - Le petit Trianon - Queen Marie-Antoinette's "Playground"