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Oh, another Louis XIV

Château de Versailles

I didn't think I could look at another portrait of King Louis XIV or view another Royal Bedroom.  I was seriously thinking of skipping this tour even if I was really hyped about it coming to France, and well, after watching Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette

It's Sunday and it's raining again, or more like a persistent drizzle.  Is Paris becoming London?  The weather has nothing to do with it, but I decided that I will go see Versailles, although sans the original excitement while I was in Manila and more of the "since I'm in Paris..." and it's culture (sun)day in Paris afterall.

The château is 5 minute walk away from the station, just follow the singular sign that points right and the crowd who seem to know where it is.

Hall of Mirrors
  I think 2 right turns and there it is.  It is HUGE!  So we all know that this palace was inherited and made grand and extravagant by King Louis XIV and where Marie Antoinette got married with Louis XVI and lived until they royal family they were taken down by the people, so I won't go to that.  Coming here around lunch time on a Sunday is another confirmation on how the museum pass is such a good idea.  My spiral guide suggested coming here at 4am(!) to avoid the queue. Seriously!

It's very grand and impressive even after I've already seen 4 royal châteaux (in Loire).  It's no wonder it's the most popular château in France.  It's said that the restoration of this palace has been faithful to the original like the interior layout almost as before even after the revolution and numerous wars.  TIP: Skip all other châteaux and dedicate 1 whole day visiting the whole palace.  Warning: It could mean a lot of walking.

jefrois says:
When u say alot of walking you are not joking :) You got lucky that the resporation was in the front of versailles where you have the coblestones. My friends where there a few months before you and the entire front of versailles was closed, everyone had to come in the side entrance. A lot of the Hall of Mirrors was closed also for renovations.
Posted on: Jul 06, 2007
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Oh, another Louis XIV
Oh, another Louis XIV
Hall of Mirrors
Hall of Mirrors
Chateau de Versailles
Chateau de Versailles
the queue
the queue
Opera ceiling
Opera ceiling
Marie Antoinette & Children
Marie Antoinette & Children
Jardin de Versailles
Jardin de Versailles
Hameau de la Reine: Marie Antoinet…
Hameau de la Reine: Marie Antoine…
Hameau de la Reine: Marie Antoinet…
Hameau de la Reine: Marie Antoine…
Hameau de la Reine: Marie Antoinet…
Hameau de la Reine: Marie Antoine…
Versailles
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