Paris – Day 7

We left early Friday on the RER to visit the Palace of Versailles.

Versailles was the residence of the royalty of France from 1682 until 1789 when the French Revolution began. Louix XIII had originally built a hunting lodge at the village outside Paris in 1624. This petite structure became the foundation of the most costly and beautiful buildings in the modern world. Originally, the palace was meant to house Louis XIV, commonly known as the Sun King. Close to 37,000 acres of land were demolished to make room for terraces and walkways which were lined with trees. Included in this grand structure’s courtyard were 1,400 fountains and 400 pieces of sculpture.

It was quite a spectacle. From when you first start up the walkway and see the gilding on the gates and facade to the many amazing ceilings, hallways and bedrooms. We toured the main palace, its hall of mirrors, the grounds and gardens and then ventured back to the Grand Trianon and Petite Trianon which were built later.

All in all, quite wonderful.

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