After two days of painting in Monet’s Garden, we headed back to Paris and then took a train to Versailles. This was my cousin’s idea. She had bought tickets for us to see the Night Fountain Show. I was there just for the ride; I had never heard of the place. But let me tell you, it was spectacular. I could not believe my eyes. I had no idea a place like this existed. They get over 3,000 visitors a day. Thank heavens I had my handicap note from my doctor because I don’t think I would have been able to stand in the line up.
When we had gone to the Eiffel Tower, our guide told us that one day the King decided he was getting a bit bored of Paris and wanted another Palace built for himself. So he built Versailles and lived there in supreme luxury until the French Revolution. That’s when the people decided they had had enough of paying taxes and they captured him in his room. His wife, Marie Antoinette, was also taken from her bedroom. They both were sent to the guillotine on a very old bridge in Paris. I have lots of pictures to show you.
The Hall of Mirrors (the king’s guests were impressed because they could see a full body image of themselves…mirrors were rare and he had an entire hallway of them).
There was beautiful artwork everywhere. Feel kind of sorry for the artists who had to get on a scaffold and paint on a curved ceiling. Hope they were paid well.
Another section of the palace.
Statues, Statues everywhere you looked.
The King’s Garden contained a couple of hundred acres of manicured gardens with statues and fountains everywhere. It took us the entire evening to get through half of the garden before the fireworks began. There was “Royal” music being played at all the fountains. There was also some weird art (boulders in trees, and a petrified tree floating in the air). Can you find Frack’s Blue Angry Bird in some of the pictures?
Marie Antoinette found the King’s Palace in Versailles a bit stuffy, so she had her own little oasis built at the very back of the property so she could “Get away” from all the stress of Royal Life.
Besides her own gardens, the King build his wife a “Hamlet” equipped with several quaint English Styled buildings (thatched roofs). Here’s her place.
Here is the Queen’s Toilette!
Now if you are thinking that there couldn’t possible be anything else these royals could have thought of having for themselves, you would be wrong.
The King wanted a river, so they diverted the River Seine to come right up close to the palace so he could throw some extraordinary lavish parties. Guest were treated to boats where they could take their honeys for a ride while listening to a live orchestra playing Royal Music in the background.
Today you can rent a boat and have an ice cream near the river. Too bad Bobo wasn’t with me so he could row, row, row me around.
Then I’d feel like a Queen too!
Still wondering why the royals had their heads chopped off?
I will post photos of where that actually took place in my up-coming blogs of Paris.
Couldn’t forget to add more pics. of Blue Birds Tour of Versailles which I emailed to my kids!