Monday, May 23, 2011

Versailles is Open for Business

One problem with sightseeing in France is that they have A LOT of holidays and when it's a holiday everything is closed. That's why we couldn't go into Versailles on the first day we were there. But, we were determined and we went back the next day. And guess what? It was open for business. Well, for tourists anyway.

After visiting Versailles I can understand why France has had not one, but around 6 or 7 revolutions in its history. The palace is huge and the grounds are humongous. And the gold, oh the gold, is everywhere.

The front view of Versailles

Looking out over the grounds.

This clock would tick off any peasant enough to start a revolution.

Martha and I in the ballroom.

Carved stone ceilings and walls.

The two story cathedral in the Chateau.

The upper floor and ceiling of the cathedral.

We were so exhausted by the end of this day. A lot of walking had been done. I had my first real crepe down the street from Versailles. It was a ham and cheese crepe. We ate at an outdoor cafe next to a McDonald's.


Deila said...

nice photos, I would love to go there, even if it meant exhaustion.

Lisa R.D. said...

It's funny that you mention how things are often closed there... our experience was that they were very serious about their closing time... they started ushering us out of places (cemeteries, gardens, etc.) several minutes before closing time! I agree with your thoughts about the revolutions... with so many living in poverty and starving (and royalty living in such luxury) I think I would have rebellious thoughts too!