Let’s go back to Versailles, shall we?

Versailles gallery of mirrors

Earlier this week we explored the private apartments of the French Kings and the Royal Opera in Versailles. But these are not the only areas my parents and I visited in this beautiful château: sacred treasures from faraway lands, delightful pastries by Angelina and a run through the Gallery of Mirrors were part of the trip too.

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Versailles chapelThe Royal Chapel getting ready for a concert

Upon arriving, we first headed to the temporary exhibition on the treasures of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. A few centuries ago, the royal courts of Europe would present this church in Jerusalem with lavish gifts as it contains the place where Christ was crucified and buried. From seeing the objects on display, you’d think the kings were competing on who would come up with the most extravagant and precious presents. A couple of items like the one below contained a piece of the Holy Cross, which was impressive to me.

Versailles Holy Sepulchre Holy Cross

Versailles Holy Sepulchre robes

Versailles Holy Sepulchre

When exiting the exhibition, we found ourselves on the terrace facing the notorious balcony from which Marie-Antoinette bowed to an angry mob.

Versailles building 2

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And decisions, decisions… Where to eat? Why, Angelina of course! We were short on time before our commented visit and you have to go through the whole château to get there so we decided to rush through places like the King and Queen’s bedrooms that usually deserve more than a glance. But you can see them in this post.

I still managed to peek at the gardens à la française

Versailles garden 2

…and to discover a new room, as is the case at every visit of this huge palace. This is a gallery dedicated to the battles won by the French army.

Versailles salle des batailles

It was quite a feat to make our way through the crowd in the narrow galleries. So imagine our excitement when we finally came face to face with this.

Angelina

Ah Angelina, you never disappoint. And you fueled us up for our lovely tour.

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Versailles room detail

Versailles window 2

On our way to the Royal Opera, I came across these two women embracing in a desert room. An encounter that made me smile and think of the heated debate about gay marriage in France …

Versailles women embrace

It was really hard for me to choose pictures of the Royal Opera for my previous post. I loved them all! I’m still in awe of the beauty of the place.

Versailles opera view from stage

Versailles opera balconies

And this brings our visit of Versailles to an end for good. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!

Versailles gate 2

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3 responses to “Let’s go back to Versailles, shall we?

  1. This whole post is making me weep with jealousy.

  2. Jessica

    Absolutely stunning! Right now I’m in Spain and this reminds me of the Palacio Real de La Granja in Segovia. These palaces are amazing to see.

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