Saturday, March 9, 2013

Palace of Versailles


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Versailles is only about a 40-minute ride from Paris on the RER C train.
If you're in the city for a couple of days, I suggest a quick trip to the palace and gardens. 




There was entertainment onboard. But it lasted for about 8 minutes only, and then these
guys went around the train asking for donations :P



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I'm really, really pathetic with maps and directions. My secret for not getting lost during my travels?
Follow the crowd! 



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And there it was



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Chateau de Versailles



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This UNESCO World Heritage site is oh so gold!



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The Royal Gate



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I bought my tickets from a tourist office across the train station. I suggest you do the same.
The ticket office at the site had a crazy looooooooooooooooong queue.



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Don't know who the statue is. I just like this photo. :)



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Can you believe this used to be a hunting lodge? Louis XIV transformed and expanded it 
into one of the most beautiful achievements of 18th century French art



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The palace also exhibits modern art pieces by the Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos.
This is Mary Poppins. 



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The Gallery of the History of the Palace displays paintings that depict the milestones
in the building of the chateau



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The Royal Palace Grounds



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 The Royal Family



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 The Royal Chapel



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The Royal Doors and Your Royal Highness (joke!) :P



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Hercules Drawing Room 



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The young Louis XIV



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Marie Leszczinska



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 Mars Drawing Room



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I don't understand why kings fancied dressing like this



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 The War Salon with modern art Black Heart



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The Hall of Mirrors
This 73-metre gallery glorified the political, economic and artistic success of France



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 On the ceiling are 30 compositions painted by Lebrun, illustrating the glorious history of Louis XIV



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The hall's got three hundred fifty seven mirrors



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And seventeen arches



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Marilyn Stilettos  



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 They're built with stainless steel pots!



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 Check out the heels. Isn't Joana Vasconcelos brilliant?



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The Bull's Eye Salon was where courtiers waited to be admitted
to the king's bedchamber 



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The King's Chamber where Louis XIV lived until his death in 1715.
The royal rising and going to sleep ceremonies took place in this room. 



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 The Council Study where the king presided over the various councils with his ministers, 
granted audiences and received oaths of loyalty 



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The Peace Salon with modern art Red Heart



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The Queen's Chamber



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Her Wig Stand. Lol.



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Antechamber of the Grand Couvert where public meals were held



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Le Dauphin et La Dauphine
I reckon the royal family loved to eat lobsters? Hehe :)



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The Queen's Guard Room



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Lion Guard crochet art



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The Coronation



Photographing these beautiful porcelain pieces was not allowed, but they're so pretty I couldn't help stealing a few shots while the guards weren't looking. Hee hee hee. :P


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 This made my insides tingle



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And this made my heart smile



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I want to eat off this handsome plate 



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 And drink hot chocolate from this lovely vessel :)



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The Vitrail stained glass window is so Emilio Pucci! 



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Chateau de Versailles feels like a scene from a fairytale



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Now where are you, Mr. Knight in Shining Armor? :)



Palace of Versailles: Place d'Armes, 78000, Versailles, France

Chateau de Versailles Website

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