Inspirations from Versailles

July 24, 2010 § Leave a comment

Honestly, I didn’t think I would be that impressed by Versailles. To those of us who are not accustomed to living in such opulence, Versailles is, to coin a much-used phrase, over the top –the gilding, the marble, the flourishes. We all know that. But the French always seem to do things in a tasteful way. So even though everything is on a grand scale, the overall feel seems somehow appropriate for living and entertaining (18th century style).

Truly, everywhere you look, it’s a postcard, from the oddly sculpted trees in the gardens to the massive crystal chandeliers overhead to the rowboats ready for afternoon visitors. The trip to Versailles was worth it, and it was a great way to learn some French history — all about Kings Louis, Louis, and … Louis. Vive la France!

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