Sunday, July 5, 2015

Palace of Versailles- The Grandness of Paris

The front entrance of the main palace

A view from up from the palace

The beautiful paintings inside
If you take a direct train to Versailles Chateau, you will come across the very busy tourist destination in France. Right across the train station is the tourist information and booking where you could get your tickets to the Palace and various activities like Lido, Moulin Rogue, Boat cruises in the city of Paris. And with discount. Its a good deal to go to begin with. We took the bus of ten minutes to the Palace since the walk seem a little more than I could bargain for and decided to walk back. Another option was for me was to take a bike but the bus was already booked so chucking it, we reached the grand palace of Versailles. It was divided into several portions. The gardens, the queens palace, the main palace where you could find various paintings restored after world war 1 and 2. The palace has a history of frivolity where the king and the queen lived lavishly, spending the money more on themselves than on the public welfare which angered them. In the end they were killed out of outrage. There is also a farm and quarters for the farmers because Queen Marie Antoinette, a favorite of the king wanted to build the houses in English style and follow its classic style of living too. As you walk through the gardens, that never seem to end, you will see the beautiful rose bushes and flowers all around you, giving you a whimsical feeling of being in the world that's way beyond your imagination. I could also see a few bikers running around the gardens since the entrance to them is free. A few people picnicking by the grand canal, soaking in the sun as the cold air bit us. The grand canal was the source of water for the royalty. And it's superb! they also have row boating for the ones who like to use their energy a little more. Lots of couples were getting frisky with the oars and laughing along with it. It was perhaps the most romantic ride of the day as we over looked the palace standing dauntingly in a distance.
The view from one of the gardens

posing with the flowers

The gardens

The bedrooms of one of the kings and queens

The fountain of Apollo

The concave mirror

The grand canal

Row Boating among with couples on The Grand Canal

Enjoying the row boat ride

We had a sandwich and a drink at their cafe Angelica which was the only eating joint there. And the Cesar salad was just too good to be true. There are ice cream stands, fresh orange juice stands around the corners for which you need cash and since we still had not converted our dollars we couldn't take that option.

The main palace entrance as you walk by has a huge fountain with Apollo riding through the water. The art is truly amazing and fineness of it's craft appreciable. Also the very controversial modern piece of art that depicts a a female vagina with blood- a flow of life (supposedly representing the queen) is still under construction was right before the stairs. The entrance also had a concave-converse mirror. It was interesting to take a picture through it. Loads of tourists were sitting on the stairs enjoying the view of the entire Palace grounds.

The interiors of the palace barely had any original pieces left because of the war and everything has been restored to till the end. We took an audio guide and walked our way through the long gallery of paintings and art.

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