Posted on December 8, 2014

Inside the Palace of Versailles

The opulence of the season lends itself to the glory of gold, as the whiff of a chill in the morning transports me back to Versailles.

Inside the Palace of Versailles

The Palace of Versailles sprawled in snow-laden splendor like a scene from a jigsaw puzzle or a Christmas card. You could see your breath in the air and the path was slippy with slush.

I’m re-posting these images from a trip to Chateau Versailles last year, because they seem so fitting as winter descends. It was such a wonderful experience that words can’t do it justice.

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I love this image (below) of the lilting corridor that goes on for miles, policed by marble statues.

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Gilt-edged doors appeared at every turn. I love the worn out paintwork round the lock in the image below; the sense of the handle half-turned.

How many secrets have echoed through this keyhole?

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The Hall of Mirrors in all its chandeliered glory. So much gold.

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Frescoes, murals, marble.

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Art nouveau details in the wrought iron.

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I love the etched-out impression of this photograph almost more than the real life perfection of the room. It seems to transcend itself somehow; ghostly and ethereal and not really there.

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By the time I got to the Queen’s Grand Apartment, I wasn’t sure how much more decadence and gold I could take. I would struggle to sleep in that bed with those ornate drapes and reflections of grandeur.

Luckily, I don’t have to.

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This is the view of the gardens from one of the rooms in the Palace. It was nice to be inside looking out at the fairy tale snow at this point, rather than stood in the  freezing slush.

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The day I visited, it was my birthday, and I loved that it was such a bright and beautiful day.

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Bye-bye, Palace of Versailles.

 

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4 Comments

  • Reply Vikki December 10, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Wow! Amazing photos – it must have been so inspring being surrounded by such beauty and that’s the lovely thing about having an online website/blog – you get to share the experience with us:) (and you get to re-visit the memories)
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    • Reply daintydora December 11, 2014 at 9:47 am

      It really was a wonderful experience – everything so opulent and steeped in history. I love being able to share this kind of inspiration on my blog, and it is like a big diary that I can revisit! x

  • Reply Karen December 21, 2014 at 8:06 am

    Beautiful photos Rebecca! I visited Versailles about 20 years ago and loved it. I fell in love with some of the carpets in Marie Antoinette’s cottage, was surprised by a peacock and got a bit lost in the grounds in a maze and couldn’t find my ex for about an hour! x
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    • Reply daintydora December 21, 2014 at 2:10 pm

      Classic line for a future story: ‘surprised by a peacock’! We didn’t venture round the gardens too much as when we were there it was really slushy with snow and slippy and I’d have loved to explore the cottage and the gardens properly but I wasn’t really wearing the right footwear – a reason to go back?!

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