Thursday, May 15, 2014

Palace of Versailles

Looking back through my holiday photographs, I want to share a few taken when we visited this extraordinary Palace.

The weather was magnificent and the temperature in the mid 30's. Staggering around with what seemed to be about 10 million people ( probably a slight exaggeration)  waiting in line in the queue, even to get inside the gate. We were grateful to buy cold bottled water from the smart entrepreneurs who knew what the hot and thirsty crowd needed, standing in the sun. 
Now we are inside take a look at how opulent everything is.

Everything was enormous from the sparkling chandeliers, large paintings hanging on the wall and more gilt paint than in Vegas.

The Hall of Mirrors is a place I have always wanted to see, after seeing photos when I was young.
 This large room is breathtakingly beautiful and is renowned as being one of the most famous rooms in the world.
Standing there you are blown away with every detail from the sumptuousness, the amazing mirrors, shiny gilding and the wonderful light.

the gardens were amazing

The saving grace was to have lunch at the Restaurant Angelina's, which was a haven to get some food and cold drinks, sit down and rest our weary feet.
Angelina's is famous for its delectable deserts and hot chocolates.

Our waitress was a very sweet and friendly little French Mademoiselle dressed in a lovely old fashioned uniform, long flared black skirt, white blouse and frilly apron.
We relished the fact that Angelina's has been going since 1903 and the atmosphere almost felt like we could have been back in Paris 100 years ago. 
With all the selection of sweet deserts it was hard to chose one and in the end I opted for the chocolate eclair.

I say a must when you visit Paris, especially if you have a sweet tooth.

Hope you are having a lovely week

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