Another hot day of adventures in Paris. Today we took a side trip to the Palace de Versailles.
Going to Versailles from Paris (we live in the 10th area) was easy and inexpensive. From Gard de Nord station we took the metro until almost the end of the line then transferred onto the train line (RER C).
We ran into a couple hiccups along the way there and on the way back, including: a station being closed, ticket officers checking our tickets, one of the train compartments overheating and causing us to stop for 30 minutes… apparently even the trains can’t deal with the hot weather. But hiccups aside the trip took around 45 minutes one way.
The Palace of Versailles was beautiful, a truly breathtaking experience. To see the art, the generations of architects and sculptors that left their fingerprints on the palace, was incredible; but also to understand that some of the most critical cornerstones of history in France were governed by the kings and families that called the palace home is part of the breathtaking experience.
The Palace of Versailles was the official residence of the Kings of France from 1682 until 1790, from the time of Louis XIV to Louis XVI. The palace provided Europe with a model of the ideal royal residence for over a century.
The remarkable and well-known room at Versailles is the Hall of Mirrors which was designed to reflect Louis XIV’s desire to have a room that reflected France’s superiority.
All the windows on the wall overlook the gardens and the long hall gallery features beautiful artwork. It was in that room that the Treaty of Versailles was signed in June of1919, ending the First World War.
The palace was stripped of most of it’s furnishings during the French Revolution, and Tuileries in Paris became the royal residence. Versailles is now a national museum and UNESCO World Heritage Site.