Versailles

July 4th, 2008 at 8:22 am by David Farrar

My final full day in was spent in Versailles. is the former capital of France and home to the Château de Versailles, former home of the French Kings.

The Palace is magnificent, with features such as the Hall of Mirrors. It is a match for anything in the UK. But the true jewel is the Gardens. The Gardens are 800 hectares in size with over 200,000 trees. I could have spent days and days there. There are 50 fountains and 23 hectares of water in the main canal.

This is at the top of the gardens. You need a full day to properly get around the gardens as there are scores of things to see. You can also hire a bike or even a boat to get around!

German Girl next to an angelic statue.

This is a section of the grounds at the far end from the palace where Marie Antionette used to live in the Petit Trianon. It’s been restored as a wonderfully tranquil hamlet. Probably the most beautiful part of the Gardens.

Fish galore. You could probably jump in and grab a dozen!

A garden at the back of the hamlet.

They also had a small farm there with goats, pigs, roosters, and of course donkeys!

The back of the palace.

It really is a wonderful place. Anyone visiting France should look around it.

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5 Responses to “Versailles”

  1. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,819 comments) says:

    Nice pictures. Looks like a nice summers day.

    Thought you had a picture of Michael Cullen there deciding to light the fuse on the inflation timebomb by messing around with the Reserve Bank Act. I then realised it was just a picture of a jackass.

    Easy mistake! :D

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  2. Wycroft (873 comments) says:

    Which one’s the angelic statue? Boom, boom!

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  3. NeilM (370 comments) says:

    Things have always been a bit complicated between the French and the Amercians. President Grant sent a message of congratulations to Bismark on his unification of Germany – Bismark was at the time camped, along with his army, at Versailles.

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  4. side show bob (3,660 comments) says:

    Good to see some Limbo voters having a nice walk around.

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  5. side show bob (3,660 comments) says:

    David are you using an old camera? some of your pictures dated 2003, you won’t want to claim this trip off your tax return with old pictures.

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