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Monday, December 13, 2010

The most fashionable Queen in the whole world, tales from Versailles, France

Hi friends, today i'm going to share one of my wonderful traveling experiences in Paris, France. I've been to Paris for 10-12 times and i would still remember one of the most memorable experiences that i had in Paris was Versailles. Versailles or a.k.a Chateau de France is a beautiful palace/residence for French Kings. It was during spring when i made a visit. It was a gorgeous sunny day so i decided to go to Versailles. The journey approximately around 1 hour from Paris, it nears suburb and it was considering adventurous coz I traveled alone, equipped only by maps. The journey started early in the morning, i had to ask people around to make sure that i boarded the right train. There are lots of different types of trains in Paris so you have to do some research and you have to know which type of train that will bring u to the destination.

My adventurous trip was paid off....I was so lucky coz the weather on that day was so perfect. It wasn't too hot/cold. I started off by visiting the castle. The castle were built since 1682. It was a center of power of Kings of France (Louis XIV, XV and XVI). I've visited different rooms in the castle and it was HUGE! The interior of the castle is magnificent with baroque lavished style. Surprisingly the main architect was named Jules Hardouin Mansart..ahaa...we have the same first name :) Mansart did a great job for the interior and the most remarkable room that i've encountered was the famous "Hall of Mirrors". The hall is covered with 17 mirror-clad arches that reflect the 17 arcaded windows that overlook the gardens. During 17th century, mirrors were one of the most expensive items to possess...and this was one of the way the French Kings showcased their wealthiness to their foreign delegates. The hall of Mirrors continued to serve for family and court functions.

Well, the Versailles garden was the highlight of the trip....and it was spring time, so the flowers and trees are blooming. It was so beautiful!! Most of my time was spent in a garden. After walking around, I went to Grand canal (and ornamental body of water covering 44 hectares and measuring 6km around its edges), I seated down and had the most memorable time alone. I rewarded myself and ice cream, and enjoyed the very view of people rowing their boats at Grand canal. That's what i call life. Sumtimes we gotta have our own private time to enjoy and relax ourselves :) The next heaven was the Marie Antoinette's domaine. Marie Antoinette was the Queen of France during Louis XVI time. An Austrian princess who turned into a Queen of France by the age of 19. She had exquisite poise and famously graceful deportment and it's believed that she was the most fashionable Queen during that era. Spoiled by her parents since childhood had made her the most infamous Queen thru-out the history of France. She spent French's people money on gambling, antiques, expensive clothing, with cards and horse-betting. She even had her own estate at the back of Versailles which is known as the Queen's Hamlet. This was where she escaped from her boring regulated routine as a Queen in a castle. This was where she could fulfill her fancy dream; to live more a simple way of life. Antoinette's estate was so enchanting that I could just spend my whole day looking at the small huts, seating by the lake at Petit Trianon and admiring the beauty of the landscape. This heaven soon had to be paid with a heavy price. After French revolutions, Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI were executed under guillotine on 1793 (when she was only 37 years old) for the guilty of treason. That was how the glorious French monarchy fell and that was a glimpse of story of a great castle and enchanting garden of Versailles. It was a great place and treasure that we should keep. I would definitely love to go again when i have a chance :)

That's the end of my story...well it was quite an adventure. Did i tell that i was followed by the gypsies on the way back home to Paris? It happened inside the train, there were several of them aged between 10-12. They asked for my hairpin. That was creepy...so quickly i moved to another section of the train. They lost me..phew.....

Garden of Versailles

The Grand Canal

The Petit Trianon, Rock Pavilion

Perfect spring time

Marie Antoinette's Domaine

The Queen's Hamlet

Marie Antoinette's Domaine

Heaven on Earth

Garden of Versailles

The Hall of Mirrors

Another view of the Garden

Chateau de France

The chapel inside the castle

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