This weekend I was off for a short tripagain to a fine European city:
There I met up with my friend and frequent blog commentator, Joy. Here she is with her fiancé, Bill:
We spent most of Saturday at Versailles, a palace built by Louis XIV and located a short train ride outside of Paris. Construction on the palace began in 1644 and took almost 50 years to complete:
Inside is the famous Hall of Mirrors, currently being renovated, but fine to see nonetheless, and especially handy if you have a sudden burst of insecurity about your hairstyle:
The grounds outside are enormous and laden with various statues, formal gardens, and the like (including an entire fake hamlet built for Marie Antoinette). Visitors can walk through the gardens and admire the statues and, if their visit is timed well enough, they can enjoy Les Grandes Eaux Musicales.
Our visit was well-timed:
Les Grandes Eaux Musicales is a show that’s executed entirely by turning on the fountains and piping classical music into the grounds, but the title doesn’t lie: it is big, and it involves water and music.