Sunday, August 12, 2012

Visiting Versailles

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In case you have a day to spare while vacationing in the French capital, I highly suggest taking a quick trip to Versailles. Roughly an hour away by train, it is a worthy investment considering one gets to see the grandest palace in all of France, the Chateau de Versailles, which achieved its notoriety thanks to Louis XIV's insatiable appetite for opulence and luxury.

While you are in the palace make sure you don't miss the Hall of Mirrors. This grand ballroom alone makes the entire trip worthwhile. The stage: 17 mirrors that stand opposite 17 full-length windows, reflecting sunlight from pools strategically placed on a sprawling garden, which are cast upon crystal chandeliers that hang throughout the entire ceiling. When everything works as intended, this room is nothing short of magical.

Oh happy day!

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