We have lost track of time, so when Tuesday appeared, overcast but largely dry, we decided to head out to Versailles, or it wouldn't happen. We're glad we did. As usual, Mary masterfully engineered out travel outside town (without this computer we'd be sunk), and we arrived at the palace gates around 11:00 or so.
|come on in, we have some room|
|you can get in, but can you get out|
The place is immense and the opulence is staggering; however, that did not deter Mary from deciding that our home remodel needs a theme and Versailles is it for her. See below some of her ides.
|a room, she says, should make a statement--notice she's taking notes|
|it should have a focal point|
|it should have its own color scheme and be well-lit|
|it should also have a comfortable place to entertain|
|it also needs a unique treatment over the fireplace|
|I just want a humble statue to show a guy lives there as well|
You wander through so many rooms that trying to remember them all is impossible, so I let the pix do the talking and occasionally I remember something
|chapel--everyone needs one of these|
|Louis XIV's bedroom, where the royal undershirts were regularly changed due to excessive sweat|
|Mary thinks my study needs a face lift|
The Hall of Mirrors, as everyone knows is the grand spectacle and it has been beautifully restored. 30 years ago this was a shabby spectacle but today it overwhelms.
|Hall of Mirrors|
We then walked the grounds and I include that jaunt in a separate post.