During my trip to Paris,I decided to visit ” The Palace of Versailles”.I was always intrigued by the palace as it has a very important place in history.As a student I had studied about the French Revolution an Queen Marie Antonniette and her lavish abode, popularly known as Chateaux de Versailles.
It is listed as a world heritage site since 30 years and now a museum, attracting millions of tourists throughout the year.On a cold and foggy morning we started our journey by car ,from Bouffemont,a french city,where I was staying with my French friend , Christine.We had decided to reach early,as it gets crowded by afternoon.
We reached the Royal gate,I was spellbound with the outer facade overlooking the Marble Court.Of course, I posed for a picture! We moved ahead towards the counter,picking up our earphones,that could give information and our guide of course.Quite useful! Every place we reached even if it was a hall or a royal library, I got information in English as well as in French.We climbed the Ambassadors staircase and moved towards the Grande apartments,the bedrooms of the famous King Louise XVI and the Queen Marie Antonniette ,known as the Grand appartement de Roi and the Grand appartement de la Reine.
The King”s bedroom faced the rising Sun and had seven rooms attached to it ,dedicated to the planets.The Queen “s bedroom was resided by three famous french queens.The ceilings of both bedrooms were painted with figures from mythology.We slowly moved towards the most famous rooms, The Hall of Mirrors (Galerie de glaces) where the famous Treaty of Versailles was signed.The 17 windows of the Hall ,facing towards the garden.Opposite the windows are large mirrors composed of more then 350 individual mirror surfaces.The ceiling has magnificent chandeliers and paintings by Charle le Brun , a famous french artist.Th Hall was used for official visits of foreign ambassadors and grand events.
After our tour of the palace we went to the gardens of Versailles.It is the finest example of a french royal garden.The Fountain of Latona mesmerized me.The capitavating view of the green carpet of grass makes one go to the world of Fantasy.