THE EUROPEAN DIARIES: LE CHÂTEAU DU ROI SOLEIL

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Finalement, la dernière entrée of the European Diaries… le Château de Versailles.  Versailles amazed me as much this time as the last time I went.  Every corner of the chateau is covered in ornate details and the best of the best.  Although the castle itself is gorgeous, the gardens are the true gem of Versailles.  I seriously could spend days wandering about.  However, surrounded by all the glam and gold and gloss I can’t help, but think about how the palace was created and the financial inequality that existed during that time.  There is also a stark contrast between the complete opulence of the castle and the simplicity of the surrounding country villages.  None the less, admire the beauty, but remember the history and enjoy the pictures.

Versailles, Hall of Mirrors.
Versailles, Hall of Mirrors.
The palace gates.
The palace gates.
The ceiling of the Royal chapel.
The ceiling of the Royal chapel.
Hallway full of famous French artists, poets, kings, queens, writers, etc...
Hallway full of famous French artists, poets, kings, queens, writers, etc…
The royal chapel.
The royal chapel.
Plastic cutlery heart sculpture part of a temporary exhibit.
Plastic cutlery heart sculpture part of a temporary exhibit.
So many stunning details everywhere.
So many stunning details everywhere.
Lace doily covered lions also part of the temporary exhibit.
Lace doily covered lions also part of the temporary exhibit.
Chandelier in the Dauphin's quarters.
Chandelier in the Dauphin’s quarters.
Battles Gallery.
Battles Gallery.
Dehors.
Dehors.
The Apollo Fountain.
The Apollo Fountain.
Wildflowers.
Le Grand Canal.
Le Grand Canal.
The Encelade Grove.
The Encelade Grove.
Our picnic in the gardens: pate, baguettes, apricots, camembert, and vino.
Our picnic in the gardens: pate, baguettes, apricots, camembert, and vino.
Boats along the Grand Canal.
Boats along the Grand Canal.
The gardens.
The gardens.
The Southern Parterre.
The Southern Parterre.

Thank you for following along with the European Diaries and make sure to check out the rest of the entries from Portugal, Spain, and Paris.

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