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Friday, July 25, 2008

Chateau de Versailles

One of the most visited monuments in France is the Chateau de Versailles. The Chateau de Versailles has more than 2,000 windows, 700 rooms, 1250 fireplaces, 67 staircases and more than 1,800 acres of park. The paintings, tapestries , sculptures ,furniture of this fabulous castle, have been executed by the best Italian and French artists of the time, which makes it one of the largest castles in the world. And when I got the chance to visit Paris again, I never miss the chance of going there, to see the beauty of the palace in my own naked eye.



We take the 30-minute ride on the RER train, Line C, to Versailles Rive Gauche Station, the last stop on the line. This station brings you within just blocks of the famous Chateau of Versailles.



Lots of people want to visit the Palace of Versailles too but the queue is way too long and we're under the heat of the sun... Whew!


...and our patience has been rewarded, it surely is an amazing and beautiful place. By the way, that is the Grand Canal over there.

See that huge Maze behind me? It's been said that the movie 'The Wizard of Oz' was filmed there...

This is the Coronation room.





The Queen's Bedchamber. It was in the Queen's Bedchamber that the French Queen would give birth to heirs to the throne. Many people would crowd into this room to watch the event.




Welcome to the King's Chamber... :)



The Hall of Mirrors, completed in 1686, was a passage through which Louis XIV would go each day to get from the King's Apartment to the Chapel. There are magnificent views of the gardens through the windows. Mirrors are placed on the opposite wall to reflect the light, and a series of chandeliers hang from the ceiling. It was in this room that the Treaty of Versailles was signed in 1919, formally marking the end of the First World War.



...and how I love looking at this painting... =)





Until then... I'll post more about my Travel escapades from different places soon. Just been busy with work lately...

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