Versailles Photo Diary

Palace of Versailles

The golden royal gate is actually an $8 million replica of a gate demolished during the French Revolution.

With the temperatures dipping to Russian-winter lows, my mind cannot help but wander back to summertime – specifically this past summer, when my dear husband and I spent three sweet months traveling through nearly 20 countries. Six months later, and I'm still reminiscing. Clearly, I need help. With this thought in mind, I've decided to start a blog series called Travel Tuesday, in which I will highlight a new travel destination each week, along with interesting facts and my thoughts on each with the hopes of inspiring you to venture out and see the world for yourself. In the meantime, catch up on all of the travel destinations that are already on the blog.

Back to the point. I admit; it's true. Every so often {more often than I'd like to admit} I pull out the seven thousand photos {I'm not even exaggerating} from le trip and ask myself what in the world I am doing in Tennessee.

But for a moment, forget your far-from-ideal circumstances – whatever they may be – and submerge yourself into the magical fairyland that is otherwise known as Versailles. While in Paris, the husband and I took a day trip to see the Royal Palace. Having a life-long fascination with Marie Antoinette, I was oh-so-thrilled to visit the renowned spot that housed so much French history. The elaborate beauty of the grand halls and immaculate gardens are unlike anything I've ever seen before – despite the overwhelming number of palaces, castles and museums we visited prior to arriving in France.

To truly experience the full splendor of the palace and its grounds, I recommend that you  make a quick stop at Ladure housed right inside the Royal palace, have a romantic picnic for two by the grand canal, watch the sunset while aimlessly wandering through the impeccable royal gardens, soak in the full glory of the Hall of Mirrors along with the Royal Apartments, and enjoy the most delicious ice cream while watching the musical fountain show {taking place every weekend from April to October}.

Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles Hall of Mirrors

The Hall of Mirrors is the central gallery of the Palace of Versailles and is renowned as being one of the most famous rooms in the world.

Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles

Louis XIV had a passion for fountains, and as much as a third of Versailles’ total building budget was spent on its water supply system alone.

Palace of Versailles

Construction of the palace cost around 116,438,892 livres. Today, this amounts to approximately two billion dollars.

Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles

The grounds of Versailles contain 11 main fountains. One of the most dramatic and elaborate fountains, the Apollo fountain, depicts the god on a chariot pulled by four horses and three men blowing horns.

Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles

Did you know that Marie Antoinette never actually said, "Let them eat cake!" The phrase was first written by the political philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau in a letter written 18 years before Marie Antoinette was even born. 

 

Palace of Versailles

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