Friday, July 13, 2012

Château de Versailles

I will end my blogposts from France with the Queen of chateaus:
Château de Versailles





















































There is no one photo you can possibly take that will capture the enormity of this chateau.
This is my shot of the front entrance.

Tourists arrive by the busload all day, so it is very hard to take photos without any people in them.

















Below is the backside of the chateau.



And this is the view from there of the gardens, pools and grounds.
You can't help but gasp when you see the extent of this property.





There are statues and sculpted urns at every turn.
















From here you descend the steps and begin to find your way through various manicured gardens.















I managed to catch one of the gardeners hard at work among the roses.

Each garden has one or more fountained pools.












The picture of perfection was complete with the appearance of a swan that posed so beautifully for me on the twinkling water.















This is a forested section with long laneways of towering trees providing some shade on this warm, sunny day.








It is easy to visualize a royal carriage being pulled by horses along  this corridor to the palace.



And this is the end of my blogposts from my trip to France.  I hope you have enjoyed them.
And now it is time to return to my own palace:
My home, gardens and ponds...
I am indeed lucky :)

7 comments:

  1. These are breathtaking, Rosemary! Thanks for sharing them. I was there in 1990...ah, the memories!

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    1. Thanks for visiting Lizann, the chateau is an absolutely magical experience. We'll have to compare memories next time we meet :)

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  2. Rosemary, stunning photos! all! I love one of the swan and of the Goddess of medicine with a snake image in her hand. This park reminds me the Petersgof park near Saint Petersburg. When Russian Rey Peter the First saw the Versailles he ordered to build the similar park with fountains.

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  3. A lovely post Rosemary, and beautifully photographed. I especially love the golden gates against the blue sky.
    One of my sons lived in Paris for 5 years quite near to the original pumping station for the fountains. I always thought that it was amazing that the water for the gardens in Versailles were pumped from the Seine at Marley to the gardens several miles away. Apparently the mount of water the fountains used daily was not much different from the water used each day by the whole of Paris in the 17th C.

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  4. Wow. Stunning. Great shots !

    The very definition of opulence.

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    1. Thanks Rick, I completely agree, you have to see it to believe it! Thanks for visiting.

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  5. Its so grand and pompous that its almost beyond belief. Thanks for sharing. You are a very talented photographer.

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Thank you so much for your kind words :)

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