If you follow my Instagram you will know that I used to live in Paris and I always like to go back and visit every now and then.
I went back to Paris for bank holiday weekend with my family and my parents. We decided to go last summer when the BBC series Versailles started, my mum and I got a little excited and booked a hotel in Versailles right next to the Chateau De Versailles. I have been to the Palace twice already but I don’t think I could ever get bored of visiting this magnificent place.
Below is a brief description about the Palace. (all photos are my own)
The Palace of Versailles has been listed as a World Heritage Site for 30 years and is one of the greatest achievements in French 17th century art. Louis XIII’s old hunting pavilion was transformed and extended by his son, Louis XIV, when he installed the court and government there in 1682 (link is external). A succession of kings continued to embellish the Palace up until the French Revolution.
Today the Palace contains 2,300 rooms spread over 63,154 m2.
In 1789, the French Revolution forced Louis XVI to leave Versailles for Paris. The Palace would never again be a royal residence and a new role was assigned to it in the 19th century, when it became the Museum of the History of France in 1837 by order of King Louis-Philippe (link is external), who came to the throne in 1830. The rooms of the Palace were then devoted to housing new collections of paintings and sculptures representing great figures and important events that had marked the History of France. These collections continued to be expanded until the early 20th century at which time, under the influence of its most eminent curator, Pierre de Nolhac, the Palace rediscovered its historical role when the whole central part was restored to the appearance it had had as a royal residence during the Ancien Régime.
The Palace of Versailles never played the protective role of a medieval stronghold. Beginning in the Renaissance period, the term “chateau” was used to refer to the rural location of a luxurious residence, as opposed to an urban palace. It was thus common to speak of the Louvre “Palais” in the heart of Paris, and the “Château” of Versailles out in the country. Versailles was only a village at the time. It was destroyed in 1673 to make way for the new town Louis XIV wished to create. Currently the centrepiece of Versailles urban planning, the Palace now seems a far cry from the countryside residence it once was. Nevertheless, the garden end on the west side of the Estate of Versailles is still adjoined by woods and agriculture.
The detail in everything is just exquisite, and I have tried to capture this in my photos.
The Hall of Mirrors is my favourite room, I can just imagine Louis walking through here in his amazing clothes and shoes.
The above photo is the Master bedroom, there are stairs up to the bed and the chandeliers are just stunning.
The above photo is of the gardens, this is the view from inside the Palace.
This photo just shoes the detail of the shoes that he used to wear, and the photo below is of a pair of shoes in Gucci today..
We also went into Paris for the day as my daughter wanted to do a hand stand in front of the Eiffel Tower. We didn’t go up this time as we have been up twice before and I must admit I’m not very good with heights, but I’m blown away every time I see it!
So as you may know I popped into Gucci and my hubby bought me my early birthday present, a GG shoulder bag in an off white that I absolutely love.
We also had a lovely walk around the Versailles Market where there is fruit, veg, chicken, cheese, wine, fish, meat and flowers like you’ve never seen before. The fruit is so perfect looking and is so fresh. The chickens are cooked in big rotisseries along with huge pans of potatoes with bacon and onions, the food just tastes amazing.
I had an amazing time and it was lovely to spend some quality time with my parents. I hope you enjoyed my photos.
Have a lovely evening, Joanna x