Thursday, August 30, 2012

Paris Spring trip Day 1 : Versailles


As you know, we went on Europe trip (Holland, Belgium, France) together with our friends last spring (April 2012). We drove all the way from England and crossed the English Channel to Europe. We stayed at two caravan parks holiday ; Duinrell in Holland & Paris park in Maison-Laffitte (out-skirted Paris) Here's my Paris story. 


It was truly a long road we had from Brussels to our caravan park in Maison-Laffitte, about 15-20 km of Paris. I wasn't sure if we were fooled by the GPS and the journey dragged almost 3-4 hours, but because of that I experienced French villages and towns ( through our van window) And finally we reached our caravan park in Maison-Laffitte at 11pm when the gate was already locked =( 

Never mind, a new day came eventually and on early morning after light breakfast (we cooked our meal, and that includes our packed lunch) we went to Château de Versailles.  


Versailles was a country village before it turned out to be the centre of political power (if you read about the French Revolution, but I don't) It was a resident for royal family, and now of coz one of main attractions in Paris (located in suburb Paris). According to other travellers' review, the queue for ticket entrance is always horrible long, and truly yes. We queued for almost 2 hours amidst the wind and chill of winter/spring in our bones! Sejuk sangat, and we didn't have a decent attire to match with the weather =( 



Yes, I bought the ticket online and that wasn't a license to skip the queue. Every visitor has to pass a security check up. 


finally inside the resident

 the grand hall

 up close the dome


 up close the ceiling

 at one of the apartments

the Queen bedchamber

 the Hall of Mirror




 park outside

you can make stories from a painting,
one large painting

 zoom 1

zoom 2

hehe, lama tau I termenung depan lukisan tu =)






from google,

The smell at Versailles was said to be "unique out of all the palaces in Europe" (duc Saint-Simon). There were no functioning toilets until 1768. By the time of the French Revolution in 1789 there were only 9, and those belonged to the King and his closest family members. The rest of the palace simply had to live with the constant smell of the privy-chambers clinging to their clothes, apartments and the general atmosphere. Although banned, chamber pots were constantly emptied out of the nearest window.

Ok! let's move on..

3 comments:

BibiErr Karim said...

My lucky it was; apart from the sesat thingy early in the morning of course. I queued for less than 10mins for tix...and less than 5mins at the entrance. Hihi.

Ernie Khairina said...

wahhh yaka? lucky! rezeki ba tu, Dia mau kasi ko puas2 di Paghee

ramli said...

great post. expecially about the queue. we'll be going there soon, perhaps we'll buy tickets in advance...

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Paris Spring trip Day 1 : Versailles


As you know, we went on Europe trip (Holland, Belgium, France) together with our friends last spring (April 2012). We drove all the way from England and crossed the English Channel to Europe. We stayed at two caravan parks holiday ; Duinrell in Holland & Paris park in Maison-Laffitte (out-skirted Paris) Here's my Paris story. 


It was truly a long road we had from Brussels to our caravan park in Maison-Laffitte, about 15-20 km of Paris. I wasn't sure if we were fooled by the GPS and the journey dragged almost 3-4 hours, but because of that I experienced French villages and towns ( through our van window) And finally we reached our caravan park in Maison-Laffitte at 11pm when the gate was already locked =( 

Never mind, a new day came eventually and on early morning after light breakfast (we cooked our meal, and that includes our packed lunch) we went to Château de Versailles.  


Versailles was a country village before it turned out to be the centre of political power (if you read about the French Revolution, but I don't) It was a resident for royal family, and now of coz one of main attractions in Paris (located in suburb Paris). According to other travellers' review, the queue for ticket entrance is always horrible long, and truly yes. We queued for almost 2 hours amidst the wind and chill of winter/spring in our bones! Sejuk sangat, and we didn't have a decent attire to match with the weather =( 



Yes, I bought the ticket online and that wasn't a license to skip the queue. Every visitor has to pass a security check up. 


finally inside the resident

 the grand hall

 up close the dome


 up close the ceiling

 at one of the apartments

the Queen bedchamber

 the Hall of Mirror




 park outside

you can make stories from a painting,
one large painting

 zoom 1

zoom 2

hehe, lama tau I termenung depan lukisan tu =)






from google,

The smell at Versailles was said to be "unique out of all the palaces in Europe" (duc Saint-Simon). There were no functioning toilets until 1768. By the time of the French Revolution in 1789 there were only 9, and those belonged to the King and his closest family members. The rest of the palace simply had to live with the constant smell of the privy-chambers clinging to their clothes, apartments and the general atmosphere. Although banned, chamber pots were constantly emptied out of the nearest window.

Ok! let's move on..

3 comments:

BibiErr Karim said...

My lucky it was; apart from the sesat thingy early in the morning of course. I queued for less than 10mins for tix...and less than 5mins at the entrance. Hihi.

Ernie Khairina said...

wahhh yaka? lucky! rezeki ba tu, Dia mau kasi ko puas2 di Paghee

ramli said...

great post. expecially about the queue. we'll be going there soon, perhaps we'll buy tickets in advance...