France 2009


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Versailles

If you fail to purchase an entrance ticket ahead of time on the internet, then you will wait inline forever to purchase one here. The red circle above only tells half the story. The line loops and therefore, there is an additional row of people on the other side of those you see above. If you are going, then email me and I will give you the internet address link where you can buy your ticket and print it out on your computer at home.

The recently gilded front gates to Versailles.

A view out the window of the palace showing one of the side gardens.

The Hall of Mirrors at Versailles.

One of the fountains

Looking out the window of the Hall of Mirrors at the plaza.

Looking back at the palace.
The Hall of Mirrors is on the second floor and spans the center section of the palace.

With the palace to my back, I am looking down the center plaza.

A close up of the fountain shown in the photo above.

Cynthia and I brought our lunch. While sitting next to the fountain shown above, we had Pâté à la Compagne and a baguette of bread plus cornichon pickles, all while listening to classical music that plays throughout the palace grounds while the fountains are operating.

The Grand Trianon Palace that is located on the Versailles estate grounds.

One of the bedrooms in the Grand Trianon.

The Petit Trianon that is near the Grand Trianon

The English Hamlet just past the Petit Trianon. This was built by Maria-Antoinette so that she could return to the pleasures of simple, rural pursuits, away from the pomp of Versailles.

The English Hamlet

The English Hamlet

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