To Paris, Versailles and Back Again!

PARIS

PARIS

The little adventure in Paris is what artist’s dreams about: art, music, cafe’s! Ours was a group of individual artists traveling alone, making their way to meet up in Toulouse, SW France, near where we had rented an artist’s studio.  Natalia arrived in Paris first, and I arrived a few days later, landing at CDG (Charles de Gaulle), then arranged to meet her at her hotel. This was my first trip to Paris alone, and the Metro line from the airport was under repair, so I decided to take Super Shuttle!   When I landed, and after customs, there was a sign with my name on it! It’s nice to be greeted in a foreign country.

To my credit, I had never heard of a ‘Carbon Footprint’. and I’m glad that I learned about it after I returned from Paris.

The minute I arrived, Natalia said, “Let’s go!” So no sitting around with jet lag for me. She had learned the Metro system in couple of days, so we were off to the Palace of Versailles, by Metro, it’s starting to rain, I had been up for … maybe 24 hours?

You ride the Metro, and switch to another line that goes directly there. Natalia is a photographer, I am sure that she got some great photos, but I have mine to show you!

Chateau de Versailles

The Palace, Chateau de Versailles, seen from the Water parterre.

A reminder, “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”. Think Marie-Antoinette (“Let them eat cake”) , and King Louis XVI (King Louis XIV, XV, XVI).

(I also visited Marie-Antoinette’s jail cell, where she lived before she was executed by the revolutionaries, but we should not think about that now).

Walking in the gardens of Versailles.

Walking in the gardens of Versailles.

Natalia photographs Versailles!

Natalia photograph’s Versailles!

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We witnessed the fountain event, classical music throughout the gardens, wind blowing, and just a bit of rain.

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“In 1661, Louis XIV commissioned André Le Nôtre with the design and laying out of the gardens of Versailles which, in his view, were just as important as the Château. The works were undertaken at the same time as those for the palace and took forty years to complete.”DSCN4370

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This is a beautiful wall of murals, and faux columns.

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The Queen’s Chamber.

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I am photographing the Hall of Mirror’s.

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Marie-Antoinette's Estate

Marie-Antoinette’s Estate

 

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This is a very charming little estate within the Garden, Versailles.

You have to walk all the way to the end of the fountains to reach it.

Here are beautiful gardens, ponds, a natural setting. We loved it here!

THE QUEEN’S RESIDENCE

“From the Petit Trianon to the Queen’s Gardens, reveals Marie-Antoinette’s private life. Louis XVI’s wife loved this place where she could return to the pleasures of simple, rural pursuits, away from the pomp of Versailles.

The Petit Trianon and its park are linked to the memory of Queen Marie-Antoinette. She is the only queen to have imposed her personal taste on Versailles. Sweeping away the old court and its traditions, she insisted on living as she wished. In her Trianon domain, which Louis XVI gave her in 1774, she found the heaven of privacy that enabled her to escape from the rigours of court etiquette. Nobody could come there without her invitation”.

Here is a link for Chateau Versailles: http://en.chateauversailles.fr/homepage, where I have appropriated this information.

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The famous 'Plane' tree. All members of Platanus are tall, reaching 30 to 50 meters in height.

The famous ‘Plane’ tree.
All members of Platanus are tall, reaching 30 to 50 meters in height.

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Today, we literally walked miles. we stayed until closing. Returning by train, Metro, and all I could think about was Sushi & hot Sake! 

Natalia had come the day before, stayed just a bit too long, photographing the gardens, it started to rain, then thunder…a downpour. She ran to the entrance of the gardens and found herself  LOCKED IN!  But that’s another story.            

 

NEXT ADVENTURE: How do you say, “WHERE IS THE SHOE STORE”,  in FRENCH?  

Où est le magasin de chaussures ? 

"Traditional" Beach (Pont Neuf to Pont de Sully:: This is the most traditional of the three Paris Beach locations and features sand and grass beaches (ten times more sand will be deployed in 2011 compared to past years), parasols and chaise longues (free rental), fountains and mini pools for cooling off, and a variety of sports and games. Boardwalk-style cafes and snack bars line the beach, and at night a series of free concerts liven up the strip.

  • On the Board Walk? On the Seine?
  • “Traditional” Beach (Pont Neuf to Pont de Sully:: This is the most traditional of the three Paris Beach locations and features sand and grass beaches, parasols and chaise longues (French spelling), fountains and mini pools for cooling off, and a variety of sports and games. Boardwalk-style cafe’s and snack bars line the beach, and at night a series of free concerts liven up the strip.

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