Tag: France

Versailles

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It’s been a while! I’ve just been trying to figure some things out. In the meantime, why don’t we take a virtual tour of Versailles?

About 45 minutes outside of Paris lies probably one of the most famous palaces in the world. Why is this? What draws people to the Palace of Versailles? Is it the romance of the past? The perfectly preserved french architecture and gardens? The grandeur? It could be all of the above. Whatever the case, I had to go see for myself what makes this place so spectacular.

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Behind The Photo: Queen’s Chamber, Versailles

Audience stays behind here

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but sometimes there is more to a photo than what you see. This is Behind The Photo where we explore the story behind the shot, from why we took the picture to interesting history and tidbits of the subject.

Queen’s Chamber, Versailles

Life as a royal was not always easy. Especially if you liked your privacy. When I went to the Palace of Versailles, I wondered why the King’s and Queen’s chambers had a railing separating the rooms. Well, some research later I found out about a strange ceremony called the levée. It was basically a ceremony at the beginning of the day where people would gather to watch the King or Queen rise and get ready for the day and even help them get dressed. The railing was to separate the public from the private areas. The whole thing sounds like a nightmare to me! I would not like to wake up to an audience, that’s for sure!

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Behind The Photo: Arc de Triomphe

So Many Cars!!

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but sometimes there is more to a photo than what you see. This is Behind The Photo where we explore the story behind the shot, from why we took the picture to interesting history and tidbits of the subject.

Arc de Triomphe

Everyone has seen the famous Arc de Triomphe, even if they don’t know the name of it. It’s one of the most recognizable monuments in Paris. But what many people might not know is that it is in the middle of a massive roundabout. A pretty hectic one at that. So you may be wondering, how do you get to the other side? No, you don’t play a real-life version of Frogger. (I mean, you can if you want that type of thrill…) There is actually a tunnel that goes under the crazy traffic so you can safely reach the other side and look at the architectural marvel.

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Behind The Photo: Hameau de la Reine

Don't let it fool you!

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but sometimes there is more to a photo than what you see. This is Behind The Photo where we explore the story behind the shot, from why we took the picture to interesting history and tidbits of the subject.

Hameau de la Reine

Today’s subject is the Hameau de la Reine at the Palace of Versailles in France. When I visited a couple years ago, I had no idea this even existed. I’d heard of the palace’s extensive gardens, but not this! If you are not on the up and up like I was, the Hameau de la Reine, or the Queen’s Hamlet, is a fake medieval village constructed by the famous Queen Marie Antoinette as a way to escape the daily rigors of royal life. (If only that was my only problem!) Her little getaway was populated with hired peasants and farmers and the Queen even dressed down to blend in. It was a simpler life, for her anyway. Of course it would be simpler if you didn’t actually have to deal with being poor, but I digress… Multiple cottages were built to look rustic, but the interiors definitely didn’t match the outsides, many just as fancy as the palace itself. As you can probably guess, this didn’t go over well with the actual peasants of the time. And well, I think we all know what became of Marie Antoinette…

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