On the only rainy morning of our trip, we headed out to Versailles to check out the digs of Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette. Let's just say that my French royal knowledge was lacking on our arrival. It still is - but at least I know slightly more than I did. It was crazy to think about this monster of a building being ransacked during the French Revolutionites. I couldn't help but hum 'Do You Hear The People Sing' as we wandered the incredibly crowded halls. There's a song for every occasion right? Speaking of crowded, prepare yourself for a tour group bonanza. Go early - but it will still be crazy shoulder to shoulder packed in some rooms. Clausterphobics beware.
Or about how every moment of Louis' life was part of a show for members of his court. They watched him sleep. Eat. Sit. Can you imagine the pressure that comes with people seeing your bed head on a daily basis? No thanks. I'll gladly stay one of the little people.
It was pouring and we only had one tiny umbrella on hand, so we ended up not taking the LONG walk out to Marie Antoinette's hamlet. They have a tram you can pay to ride out there, but everyone was in line to ride due to the rain, so we decided to forgo the 2 hour wait & instead head back to the city. It's crazy that you can't even begin to see the extent of the gardens and property from the palace. But you get the idea of how enormous it is. The fountain show wasn't running the week we were in France, but apparently it's wonderful. I'll just have to be content with the YouTube version.
Let's just say it makes the Biltmore, America's largest house, look like a doll house for Polly Pocket. My favorite part was actually walking down the Hall of Mirrors. For some reason I thought both sides were lined with mirrors, but it's actually only one side. The other is windows, which reflect perfectly to make the hall seem so bright & larger than it actually is. I had to memorialize the memory - us in a mirror, in the Hall of Mirrors.
As always, if you plan to visit, read up on some of the history before you go. It will make your visit that much more interesting knowing some background. The pictures show the ornateness better than I possibly can - hope you enjoy my mini-tour!