Chateau de Versailles


In my final week in Paris, we took a train out to Versailles to visit the world renowned palace. I had wanted to visit Versailles for so long, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. We were greeted with bright gold gates and an enormous palace behind. We walked straight through and out into the palatial gardens which were immaculately kept, and guarded by white marble statues. After a picnic on the steps outside the palace, we walked around the gardens whilst the weather was nice. I loved the main fountain which stood at the top of the long lake, called the Apollo fountain – he rides in a chariot, bursting out of the water pulled by gilded horses. It really is magnificent. We also saw Marie Antoinettes country house, which had a lovely flower garden. It soon started to rain so we went in the main palace, and walked around the kings and the queens apartments, both of which comprised of room upon room each in turn as lavish and ornate as the last. We all had the free audio guide which informed us about each room, and the significance of it. I saw the little doorway which Marie Antoinette escaped through with her children when the rioters arrived! My favourite room was the grandest of all, the hall of mirrors, La Grande Galerie, which was less of a room with lots of mirrors, but a long gallery with windows overlooking the gardens and the most beautiful chandeliers. The height of splendeur, where the masked ball for the wedding of Marie-Antoinette and the Dauphin was held. It was also here that the treaty of Versailles was signed on 28th June 1919, which sealed the end of the First World War. And apparently still used today by the presidents of the Republic of France to receive official guests..

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