Versailles was our last stop before heading down to The Colorado and we almost decided to bypass it and hit the road... I am SO glad that we didn't! It was my favorite day because I had never seen anything quite like it.
Brief History: Versailles was the center of political power in France from 1682, when Louis XIV moved from Paris, until the royal family was forced to return to the capital in October 1789 after the beginning of the French Revolution. (Basically, this was the hub of all the wealth in France. Some may call it over-the-top gaudy, and it is...but it was the most unique palace I have ever stepped foot in.)
The chapel was amazing and took over 20 years to construct!
No wonder it did... check out the ceiling!
Statues and black and white marble floors lined the hallways. It was crazy to think that we were standing in someone's home, not a museum.
Paintings took up an entire wall.
And don't forget to look up! Every ceiling had the most intricate designs and textures. Most of them were inspired by a figure from Greek mythology.
In each room, you pushed in a code and listened to an audio guide in your language. We were proud of Chris because he tackled the FRENCH guide!
Ah... my most favorite room in the world! The hall of Mirrors filled with chandeliers as far as the eye can see. It was magical. Imagine attending a party in a place like that!
This was Marie Antionette's room. I am intrigued by her.
The Hall of War was Chris and Logan's favorite lined with huge paintings detailing out history-defining French wars.
Taking a break... SO handsome...
The Gardens of Versailles- even pretty in the winter!
Do you like my cape? It was one of my vintage finds here in Egletons... so in love with the surprise plaid. :)
I cannot wait to go back in the Spring when the fountains are on and the flowers are blooming. Plus, we ran out of time and didn't get to go explore Marie Antionette's estate (among other things).
If you go to Paris, it is WORTH the 30 minutes to go visit Versailles. I would plan at least a 1/2 day for the trip.
It was magical, Abby! How great to be able to share it with you! It was massive, decadent, breathtakingly beautiful...who would have wanted to clean that much square footage? (just kidding!)ReplyDelete
beautiful! (selfishly, i am glad that you didn't get your fill of Versailles because we definitely want to go there with you!)ReplyDelete
Sure Versailles is beautiful, but your cape is spectacular! I love it!ReplyDelete
But seriously... have you seen the movie Marie Antoinette? There's an extra on the dvd and it's Jason Schwartzman as Louis XVI doing an episode of Cribs in Versaille.... it's so funny!
Sara- I haven't seen the movie! Thats the one w/ Kirsten Dunst right? I have to get my hands on that!ReplyDelete
Nickster- It is for SURE on the agenda for next June!!! Eek :)