Trip Start Apr 08, 2008
Trip End Apr 14, 2008

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Flag of France  , Île-de-France,
Saturday, April 12, 2008

Today I was going to do one thing and one thing only. It was Palace day! I intended to spend the entire Saturday at the previous home of many kings and queens. Home of all the King Louis's, the center of the French Revolution, and most interestingly, home of Marie Antoinette!
The Palace of Versailles! This day seemed to be especially cold out, so I layered my clothing since I had to take the trains. It was a pretty long ride to the Palace, which was in the outskirts of Paris.
I wanted to see all of the palace, so when I arrived I chose to get the audio tour and an extra pass to get into the Queens Hamlet, which I had read about. The Palace grounds were monumental. They put so much detail in the sculptures and buildings. I love that you can freely walk the grounds and gardens as you like. Once inside the Palace, I noticed it was quite crowded with people from all over the world there. Some of the people had their own guided tour guides telling stories of the Palace, and how Marie Antoinette and her family had to flee the Palace during the French Revolution. I looked in the bedrooms where the Royal families slept and walked the hall of mirrors. There were many rooms with lots of paintings covering the walls. Every room, (called Grand Apartments) had a story. A lot of the rooms had original furniture in them from the 1700's that had been preserved.  After several hours inside the main palace, I wanted to see the rest of the grounds, like the full garden, the Grand and Petite Trianons, and the Queens Hamlet, which were on the other side. Walking down to the Hamlet and Trianons, I noticed a french countryside filled with sheep. It was one of the most peaceful walks I have ever taken. The Queens Hamlet was Marie Antoinette's little getaway from Palace life. She had her own cottages there, with theater houses and houses built for her to sit and write poetry in. There were also the Trianons, where she or King Louis could hold royal meetings in, sometimes in private. I learned so much history this day and how important it is to actually see it for yourself!
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