View From bus as we go out to VersaillesView from bus out to Versailles

Alors…… Today was All At Versailles which includes the Chateau, the extensive gardens, and the Petit Trianon.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. After spending an hour or so there we had an hour out in the beautiful gardens and fountains.  We met for lunch with our tour group at a restaurant on the grounds and then walked over to another part of the vast Versailles property to see the Petit Trianon.  The Trianon was built in 1762 as a place for the private use of Louis XV and Madame De Pompadour.  It was inaugurated in 1769 with Countess Du Barry his next mistress.  In 1774, Louis XVI gave it to Marie-Antoinette when she bore his son and it became her favorite place to stay.In another posting I will have pictures of an area close by that she turned into an English style park with follies and hamlet (pronounced “omelet”).

First view of Versailles

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Marie-Antoinette's jewelry dresser

Marie-Antoinette’s jewelry dresser

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Marie-Antoinette’s bedroom

Marie-Antoinette’s bedchamber

Sevres vases

Sevres vases

Matching Bedspread, curtains, and wall fabric

Matching Bedspread, curtains, and wall fabric

Marie-Antoinette's bed chamber

bed chamber

Hall of Mirrors

Hall of Mirrors

Louis XIV bedchamber in 1701 where he died in 1715 after reigning for 72 years - and only bathing 3 times in his life.  he felt it was unhealthy!

Louis XIV bedchamber in 1701 where he died in 1715 after reigning for 72 years – and only bathing 3 times in his life. he felt it was unhealthy!

Maria Leszcinska married to Louis XV

Maria Leszcinska married to Louis XV

 

Louis XVI was short so he wore these red heeled shoes. "Platform shoes on his nasty little feet"  Right Maddi?
Louis XVI was short so he wore these red heeled shoes. “Platform shoes on his nasty little feet” Right Maddi?
Louis XIV by Birnini

Louis XIV by Birnini

Beautiful rugs!

Beautiful rugs!

Dining room

Dining room

We saw this huge painting In the Louvre.  They are both original.  This is the second one he did.

We saw this huge painting In the Louvre. They are both original. This is the second one he did.

This is a close up of that last painting and in the second one hanging in Versailles he made this one girls dress pink because they were seeing each other.

This is a close up of that last painting and in the second one hanging in Versailles he made this one girls dress pink because they were seeing each other.

We had an hour free time to walk through this huge garden and fountain area.

We had an hour free time to walk through this huge garden and fountain area.

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In a few months you will all be saying that "there is Marsha again in her uniform"  Coat and boots!

In a few months you will all be saying that “there is Marsha again in her uniform” Coat and boots!

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What's with the palm trees?

What’s with the palm trees?

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I don't get the upside down tree as art.  It seems out of place in this arena.

I don’t get the upside down tree as art. It seems out of place in this arena.

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We are now at the Petit Trianon which is a short walk down the lake from Versailles Chateau

We are now at the Petit Trianon which is a short walk down the lake from Versailles Chateau

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Gambling/entertainment room at Trianon

Gambling/entertainment room at Trianon

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Note the marble fireplace that follows all along the base and then even across the base of the soors

Note the marble fireplace that follows all along the base and then even across the base of the soors

Italian Carrera marble- Petit Trianon

Italian Carrera marble- Petit Trianon

Queen of Belgium's bedchamber at Petit Trianon

Queen of Belgium’s bedchamber at Petit Trianon

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Green malachite porcelain given by the Russians

Green malachite porcelain given by the Russians

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The parquet floors are still in good shape since 1762!

The parquet floors are still in good shape since 1762!

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The King would go to bed every night by this clock at midnight.  He was very boring so the servants would move it up an hour.

The King would go to bed every night by this clock at midnight. He was very boring so the servants would move it up an hour.

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The Countess Du Barry (Louis XV mistress)used the Queen’s bedroom before Marie-Antoinette occupied it from 1777 to 1789.

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Marie-Antoinette WITH her head

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