Monday 10 January 2011

Finally... visiting our neighbours!

We moved to Versailles in January 2010, exactly one year ago... and guess what? We never took the time to visit our neighbours!
But last week, first New Year resolution has been executed: on a sunny morning we went over for a visit.
See what beautiful surprises we encountered (& some historical facts too!):

The Château de Versailles, which has been on UNESCO’s World Heritage List for 30 years, is one of the most beautiful achievements of 18th-century French art. The site began as Louis XIII’s hunting lodge before his son Louis XIV transformed and expanded it, moving the court and government of France to Versailles in 1682. Each of the three French kings who lived there until the French Revolution added improvements to make it more beautiful.
The Hall of Mirrors, the King’s Grand Apartments, the Museum of the History of France. The Château de Versailles, the seat of power until 1789, has continued to unfurl its splendour over the course of centuries. At first it was just a humble hunting lodge built by Louis XIII. But Louis XIV chose the site to build the palace we know today, the symbol of royal absolutism and embodiment of classical French art.

Picture taken in March when my parents and my aunt & uncle were visiting us

In the 1670s Louis XIV built the Grand Apartments of the King and Queen, whose most emblematic achievement is the Hall of Mirrors designed by Mansart, where the king put on his most ostentatious display of royal power in order to impress visitors. The Chapel and Opera were built in the next century under Louis XV.
All so shiny...

The château lost its standing as the official seat of power in 1789 but acquired a new role in the 19th century as the Museum of the History of France, which was founded at the behest of Louis-Philippe, who ascended to the throne in 1830. That is when many of the château’s rooms were taken over to house the new collections, which were added to until the early 20th century, tracing milestones in French history.

Some beautiful doors

The Hercules Room

The Royal Chapel
So many rich materials are used


 The famous Hall of Mirrors
We were not the only visitors...

A glimpse of the gardens, even beautiful in winter time
Wanna now what the gardens look like in summer, then have a look at this.


Picture credits of The Royal Chapel/The Hercules room:


It's me said...

Geweldig Versailles.....ik ben daar geweest en ook in de tuinen...prachtig je hebt aan een dag te weinig !!!...MOOIE FOTO'S !!....bedankt Ria.....fijne week ...

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Chantal,

Versailles's Palace I've toured three times. Once also with my parents, I mentioned Paris on my blog about Papa's 90th birthday but we did also go to Versailles that day!
One could stroll there for days, in summer that is for enjoying the beautiful gardens. And than to realize it used to be a swamp. Several lost their lives by working there in the beginning. Creating a true paradise on earth for a select group. But it preserves so much art, from the wall paper to the draperies and the furniture, lamps, porcelain and on and on.

Lots of love,

Mariette's Back to Basics

Riviera Brides said...

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Madelief said...

Hoi Chantal,

Leuk dat jullie naar Versailles zijn geweest! Op de foto's ziet het er prachtig uit. Hebben jullie ook het huis van Marie Antoinette gezien? Dat lijkt mij ook zo mooi! Wij hebben van de zomer voor een week een huisje gehuurd in de buurt van Parijs. Versailles is ook een van de dingen die op ons 'want to do' lijstje staat!

Een gezellige dag!

Lieve groet, Madelief

Sem Nome said...

Chantal, seu português é ótimo!! Adorei sua visita e sua palavras me deixaram muito feliz!! Gosto demais de visitar vc aqui e ver as lindas imagens e textos que escreve!
No último final de semana minha pequena Aila tomou suco de abacaxi com hortelã! Ela também gosta!!
Beijos grandes do Brasil!!

carolina @ patagonia gifts said...

lovely pics from Versalles Chantal! thanks for your comments. I'm back from my few days of relaxing in Brasil. we went to Bahia. amazing beaches! and yes, I adore caipirinha as you do. isn't it good to start the week on Friday, darling? happy weekend! xo

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Oh de markt, zo leuk! Beaucoup de plaisir, Chantal.
Bon dimanche xxx

Irma said...

Hoi Chantal,

Leuk je bezoekje aan mijn blog en je gezellige reactie, de zon is hier soms maar dan van hele korte duur zijn neus aan het laten zien ohhh wat zou ik willen ruilen met jouw zonnetje.
Wat een blog met prachtige foto's wauw ik ben daar nog nooit geweest maar voelt nu toch wel een beetje van wel door jouw plaatjes, wat een schoonheid.
Ik vind het leuk jouw blog ook ontdekt te hebben en ga je volgen zo hoef ik niets moois meer te missen, een hele fijne zondag en een fijne nieuwe week,
Groetjes Irma

ByIngeborg said...

Hoi Chantal,
Leuk kennis met je te maken. Jullie zijn waarschijnlijk expats toch? leuk hoor lijkt me. Heb een vriendin, die dat ook jaaaren heeft gedaan. Overal geweest, Aberdeen, Oman etc. Ik zie ook dat jij volgens mij foto's van het middenoosten of de arabische Emiraten erop hebt staan? die mannen in hun lange gewaden van de achterkant. Erg mooi hoor!
Maar waar jullie nu zitten ook niet gek natuurlijk. Leuk om elkaar te volgen.
Groetjes uit Holland.


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