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By amy

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It’s been and gone in a flash we’re lucky we still have our memories and photos of those happy sunny days .
we were able to visited many exciting places on our travels ,this is one I would like to share with you being one of the most memorable days which was a visit to Versailles Palace in France , I suspect some of you may have been fortunate enough to have had the pleasure but for those who haven’t here are a few photos to wet your appetite .
We were only able to gain a 3 hour parking slot nearby which we quickly realized wouldn’t be anywhere near long enough to take in this magical palace .. so my apologies for not covering the entire grounds .
We had the choice of viewing the palace or the gardens guess which won ? as you can see the queues were horrendous as each person had their baggage checked ..
First a few facts about the Versailles Palace /Chateau …

In 1661, Louis XIV commissioned André Le Nôtre with the design and laying out of the gardens of Versailles which, in his view, were just as important as the Château. The works were undertaken at the same time as those for the palace and took forty years to complete. But André Le Nôtre did not work alone: Jean-Baptiste Colbert, Superintendent of the King’s Buildings, directed the project from 1664 to 1683; Charles Le Brun, appointed First Painter of the King in January 1664, produced the drawings for a large number of statues and fountains; and, a little later, the architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart drew up increasingly understated scenic plans and built the Orangerie. Lastly, the King had all the projects submitted to him and wanted the “details of everything”.

The laying out of the gardens required enormous work. Vast amounts of earth had to be shifted to lay out the flower beds, the Orangerie, the fountains and the Canal, where previously only woods, grasslands and marshes were. The earth was transported in wheelbarrows, the trees were conveyed by cart from all the provinces of France and thousands of men, sometimes whole regiments, took part in this vast enterprise.

Since 1992, the gardens have been gradually replanted, and after the devastating storm of December 1999, the work speeded up to such an extent that quite a few sections have already been restored to their original appearance.


Thank you for looking …..

And its goodbye from me :o)

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Beautiful. I have always fancied visiting but just never made it. What a shame you could only get 3hrs parking so had to do either/or but glad you enjoyed it anyway.

7 Oct, 2016

 

Thanks for sharing your visit, Amy, and for taking the trouble to add a little history. Glad you had such a sunny day - with a glorious blue sky to enhance the lovely gardens :))

7 Oct, 2016

 

Yes, thanks for the History Amy. What about that BLUE sky eh? I love the statue in the pond of the horses etc....so real! Formal gardens and topiary are not my thing, nor are palaces tbh. But I'm glad you enjoyed it and took the trouble to share a little bit with us. Thank you! :)

7 Oct, 2016

 

Lucky you,Amy..what a lovely place,and one I've always wanted to visit to I loved reading the History too.. thanks for sharing this with us.I too love the Horses in the water Sculptures,and those grounds are wonderful..I especially like the Statue by the Gates,which looks so lifelike,and could almost be you ,Amy.! lol..sorry love,just my attempt at a joke :o) xxx

7 Oct, 2016

 

Spectacular, somewhere I have never visited. Wouldn't like the queueing, though, and the crowds in Paris. Next best thing your photos, thanks for sharing.

7 Oct, 2016

 

Lovely photo's Amy, I visited there nine years ago, its absolutely fabulous, we did the palace as well, your pics brought back some lovely memories so I'm going to find my photo's, I do remember the crowds, a nightmare but well worth battling our way through them, we had walked from the metro to the palace, it's a very, very long walk, then of course we had to do it at the end of the day as well, lol.......

7 Oct, 2016

 

Isn't it impressive - must need a lot of looking after to keep it so pristine. The fountains are wonderful and though very formal gardens aren't my thing either these are perfection.

If the king lived like that you can understand perhaps what seeded the French Revolution!

7 Oct, 2016

amy
Amy
 

Thank's all for your kind comments I'm glad you enjoyed the visit I must admit Karen it's not my idea of a garden either but then it's not a normal home garden it's for show , Sandra it was a look-a-like wasn't it Lol .. actually we were lucky as we were able to bypass the visitors who were queuing for the palace to enable us go through to the gardens ... ....

8 Oct, 2016

 

I visited the 'Versailles Palace' last year with my friend, but as it was my second visit and she had never been before I let her choose which we went to see, the Palace or the garden...unfortunately for me, she chose the 'Palace' because you see my husband chose the same the last time we visited...so I still haven't seen the gardens!! So thank you for giving me a brief but beautiful glimpse of them. Perhaps next time I might actually get to see them for myself...

8 Oct, 2016

 

"L'Etat c'est moi!" ...from Henri IV to Louis XIV is a fascinating period of French History. I'm reading a biography of Champlain and the story of New France which is just a tad before the Sun King and I'm loving it. The intrigue and diplomatic danse macabre of that time in Europe is captivating..and it's all true. no fiction there..so you can imagine the ego that it would take to plan and then to implement the plans for a Versailles! ...all those intelligent capable people under his yoke...and generations of them, too. Formidable!
Thanks for the photographic tour...It's as close as I'll ever get to seeing it! (Still reeling from that waterfall pic!) :-)

8 Oct, 2016

 

Thanks for sharing Amy.

9 Oct, 2016

 

Hey youre back .... great photos

Gg

9 Oct, 2016

amy
Amy
 

Waddy lets hope 3rd time will be lucky for you at least you saw inside the palace I didn't :o( .. Bonsoir Lori your Chaplain autobiography sounds fascinating I'm afraid I know nothing about him except that he was a French explorer , am I right ? that waterfall cascade was fabulous it played to a musical tune if you can imagine that as did several water features round the grounds ,you could hear it long before you reached it .. Your welcome Klahanie ,Thanks Gg yes I'm back :o)

9 Oct, 2016

 

No, I've not visited Versailles either, it looks very beautiful. The water cascade looks enormously high compared to the people below, the water music must sound lovely. I'm not one for palaces & formal gardens as a rule but we did visit Ludwig II Castle Neuschwanstein in Bavaria & that is incredible.
Shame you didn't get to see inside, you'll have to plan another trip, maybe French security & the crowds will be better on a dull or rainy day, lol.

11 Oct, 2016

 

Breathtaking. I can't think of a better way to say it. Thank you so much for sharing your vacation.

13 Oct, 2016

amy
Amy
 

The water cascade was very high Mari in fact we could see it towering above the trees well before we realized exactly what it was we decided to head straight to it ...
Thank you for looking Paul I'm glad you enjoyed a small part of our visit ...

13 Oct, 2016

 

Yes, he's very famous in Quebec and Canada, Amy. Thought you might be interested in a book called "Champlain's Dream ~ The European founding of North America" by David Hackett Fischer. It's replete with lots of footnotes and inserts but I find it very entertaining as well. Samuel de Champlain was rumoured to be the possible offspring of King Henri the Fourth of France and was born and raised in the town of Brouage which was then on the ocean..but is now inland. (Not far from Mont St. Michel) It's down the French west coast near St.Malo where a lot of the voyages of exploration originated. I was surprised to learn how much influence commerce had on these voyages and the extent of English and Dutch competition for furs. Champlain himself was very self effacing and all the writings about his personal life are all sketchy. A very interesting man "for all seasons".

16 Oct, 2016

amy
Amy
 

Lori another book to go onto my ever increasing list of books to read I'm half way through a book lent to me by a friend after that the next on my reading list will be your recommended Jean Auels cro-magnon 6 of them . so should keep me going well into the winter months ... You are determined to educate me LOL...
We have arrived at St Malo by Ferry but not had the time to explore we've also visited Mont St. Michael and eaten their famous Omelette in a restaurant at the top of the mount , delicious ... x

18 Oct, 2016

 

A fascinating place to visit I would imagine, I do love formal gardens and topiary, in the right place of course, I admire the work and the detail that has gone in to their creation, and the dedication involved..in keeping it looking pristine.....
We have never been, and probably won't due to driving in Paris! and queues, which would have my OH running for the hills.
So many thanks for this blog, the next best thing Amy, also the wonderful photos and history you provided....

18 Oct, 2016

amy
Amy
 

Your welcome Angela , I must admit driving and finding parking places is a nightmare in crowded areas , we found our way back to the car and were sitting on a bench catching our breath for a moment when every car in the area started hooting their car horns ,we didn't know what was going on but then a lady sitting on the reverse of our bench took an envelope out of her bag she pointed at the stamp with a couple on it telling us in French that they were driving past in a car ,we still don't know who the 'Royal 'couple were Lol ...

18 Oct, 2016

 

Oh how exciting!!

19 Oct, 2016

 

It is incredible. The very thought of such a grand plan, and then executed to perfection. Your photos are terrific. What a day to see it all. When do you suppose the work is done???

28 Dec, 2016

amy
Amy
 

Thanks Wells ,there was so much to take in it was almost too perfect , perhaps they work under cover in the evenings after the last tourists have left the grounds or they have a little band of fairies waving their magic wands :o))

29 Dec, 2016

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