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Versailles - It’s Good to Be the King

(Tuesday 19 October 2010) by Mike and Julie's sort of round the world trip
Day 54 – 9/27/10 Versailles
We wanted to be at the palace at opening time to ensure we’d get in without too much of a wait so we left at eight with the GPS saying we should arrive forty-five minutes later. We were going along fine until we reach the city of Versailles and then traffic was horrible. We ended up parking at ten AM on the palace grounds which was a bit expensive. Fortunately there wasn’t any line so we purchased our ticket and entered the main building.
Once again I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.
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Very lavish and wonderfully furnished.
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Julie got a kick out of seeing Marie Antoinette’s bedroom with the secret door that she had seen in the movie. The only bad thing was the palace decided on a partnership with a Japanese magma company and placed giant, plastic figures in the rooms from comic books. It was a strange juxtaposition with the palace interior and one I wish they had not done.
The palace grounds were expansive and Julie and I spent at least a couple hours strolling through the gardens. Several sectors were closed for renovation but most were open.
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I’m not sure why the Kings get involved in designing parts of their homes. Invariably whatever they do tends to stick out like a sore thumb. Here it was a section of the park where the king had gone wild with sea shells giving it an appearance of the tacky tourist shop in Key West.
We left a little after one as we wanted to get to Bruges that night and hadn’t booked a room so we would have some hunting to do once we arrived there.

 


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