Versailles Travel Blog› entry 6 of 62 › view all entries
Since my friend Lauren and I had been to Versailles before, we were able to short change the chateau tour and take advantage of some of the other attractions on the grounds. After hustling through the Hall of Mirrors and royal apartments, we took in the fountains (if you time your visit right, they will be turned on and baroque music is piped into the gardens), then rented a boat and rowed up the Grand Canal. Any tour guide will tell you that the canal was built in special proportions to afford a pleasant persepective from the palace. This means it's much longer than it looks-- we were really pushing it to get the boat back in time to avoid being charged another exorbitant hour's fee. In our last hour, we raced out to Le Hameau--Marie Antoinette's play farm.
The gentleman facing off with Louis is Professor 8000%, the most eccentric member of our group. Prof introduced himself as an alien currently stationed in Las Vegas, where he was going to school. He is the leader of an amazing art moving called the Turbo Revo ( http://www.turborevo8o00.com )-- which he lives with conviction. Prof speaks his own language of homonymns and has a theme song (which can be seen on YouTube.) All across Europe he wore his 8000% lab coat, drummed on street corners, distributed "Profaganda" (xeroxed copies of his art to spread the word) and left evidence of his existence (insert usual argument of graffiti: art or crime). Should you ever see a colon and an atomic star on a bathroom stall, phone booth, random wall or delivery van, Prof was there. Photos of Prof, as well as other students dressed up as Prof, will crop up through out this blog including one you've probably already passed of Alex in Paris.