Bucket list: Versailles Palace

Checked this one off the bucket list.  I remember learning about Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette in high school history class.  Soon after Sophia Coppola’s film Marie Antoinette was released.  The soundtrack, visuals, and costume design were so whimsical and romantic, and I wanted to see the grandeur scale and opulence in person.

In the first Paris blog post I acknowledged the craftsmanship and beauty in traditional French design.  The palace was built in the mid 1600s during a time when finances to fabricate the best design with the best materials was irrelevant.  In today’s world things are made to be time and cost effective not necessarily to appreciate the beauty and aesthetic of design.  It was epic to see such a well preserved, historic palace and gardens.  Palace Versailles is a testament to quality craftsmanship standing the test of time (under proper care and conditions).

Golden gates with sun faces to represent the “Sun King” Louis XIV

Golden gates with sun faces to represent the “Sun King” Louis XIV

view in the front courtyard from afar  

view in the front courtyard from afar  

chapel

chapel

Fabric wallpaper

Fabric wallpaper

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black and gold  

black and gold  

Multiple different stones carved to create this sculpture  

Multiple different stones carved to create this sculpture  

Looking up

Looking up

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Feels a little Alice in Wonderland  

Feels a little Alice in Wonderland  

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