We took an early morning train from Paris and arrived in Versailles about an hour later. Had breakfast at Starbucks and made our way to the palace. The moment I saw its gold-lined exterior from afar, I was immediately in awe. It was so big, luxurious and incredibly beautiful!
|Entering the main gate, La Grille d’Honneur.|
|Heading to the information centre to get the estate’s map.|
|Look at the line! Fortunately we already bought our tickets in advance.|
|Already inside, with a map in my hand, ready to explore!|
Château de Versailles was a huge complex. HUGE! It comprised of (among others):
- The main palace, where the royal apartments were located
- A very large garden with a long canal
- Two smaller palaces called Grand Trianon and Petit Trianon
In between, there were countless of statues, fountains and even a farm where Marie-Antoinette (the French queen who was beheaded by guillotine) played with her friends, imagining herself as a milkmaid at countryside.
The main palace itself was an imposing building. It was French official seat of power from 1682 to 1789, during the reigns of Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI. Then the French Revolution happened and Napoléon I took power over France.
|The Royal Chapel, where Louis XVI married Marie-Antoinette.|
|Beautifully hand-painted ceiling. Images of cupids and angels were common in bedchambers, to give the illusion of staring into the sky when the occupants went to sleep.|
|The spot I wanted to see the most – Hall of Mirrors. It was where Treaty of Versailles was signed, which ended World War I on 28 June 1919.|
|Specially dedicated to Kak Jaja :-p|
|The Queen’s Chamber, richly decorated with flower motives and gold trimmings.|
|The Dauphine’s Drawing Room, where the dauphine (the future queen) chillax with her friends.|
|The Dauphine’s Bedchamber. Three kings of France (Louis XVI, Louis XVIII and Charles X) were born here.|
|The Dauphin’s Bedchamber (notice the missing “e” indicating masculinity), where the future king slept. I liked this room the most.|
|Done browsing the main palace, we took a break for lunch at Le Grand Café d’Orléans at its ground floor.|
It was drizzling outside, so we couldn’t go out anyway. To visit the rest of the estate, we would have to walk outside through the large gardens. So we stayed at the café enjoying the apple pie and wrote some postcards while waiting for weather to dry.
To be continued...