Wednesday I spent a full day at the palace of Versailles. The palace was gorgeous, full of lavish ornamentation in every room fit for the kings and queens that lived there. Versailles is just as known for its expansive gardens outside as it is for the decor inside and I spent hours wandering through the trees and fountains all the way to the farmland past Marie Antoinette's estate.
|Statue of Louis XIV who was the founder of Versailles.|
The gold entrance gates.
|The chapel organ.|
Every corner of the palace is smothered in gold gilding and impressively large paintings. The amount of money it would have taken to create, then and now, is astonishing.
|Every room had a different decoration scheme. This one's wallpaper was a bold black and green.|
Off from the hall is Louis XIV's bed chamber. Bedrooms in palaces like this were public places where visitors were welcomed.
The Queen's bedroom, so elaborate!
|The War Salon, commemorating centuries of French battles.|
The luxurious Mesdames Apartments in the palace were occupied by Louis XV's six daughters from 1752 and two of them stayed until the revolution.
The floral wallpaper and decorations were for summer and a different set of decorations were applied in the winter.
Then it was outside, away from the crowds and into the fresh air for a picnic and exploring the grounds.
The fountain of Apollo
The green carpet lawn from the palace to the grand canal.
The Grand Trianon was built for Louis XIV as an escape from his court with his mistress Madame de Montespan. The pink and orange marble definitely sets it apart from the rest of the palace.
The Temple of Love
This was my favorite part of the tour. If this trip abroad has taught me anything it is that I am 100% a country girl. I will trade the chaos of cities for green grass and wide open spaces any day.
Marie-Antoinette commissioned the Queen's Hamlet in 1783 as her retreat away from the court with her lady's companions. The farm soon became viable and supplied the palace kitchens.
Who knew Versailles held so much? An insanely elaborate palace and a quaint rustic farm all on the same grounds with expansive gardens in between. Definitely a great visit. :)