A day in Versaille

Versaille is another one of those super-touristy things that you kind of need to see when you visit Paris. Words and pictures don’t really do it justice. The scale and lavishness of the palace and gardens really must been witnessed in person to be fully appreciated. We made our pilgrimage outside of Paris on Wednesday to see things for ourselves.

Gold, gold everywhere.

Gold, gold everywhere.

A quaint chapel for the palace.

A quaint chapel for the palace.

Enormous paintings covered this room (appropriately called the Hercules room)

Enormous paintings covered this room (appropriately called the Hercules room)

No simple window latches for Louis XIV.

No simple window latches for Louis XIV.

A class of kids at Versaille. Jenny - "Our class went to Cosi once..."

A class of kids at Versaille. Jenny – “Our class went to Cosi once…”

Us making the palace classy.

Us making the palace classy.

The hall of mirrors.

The hall of mirrors.

They have a bunch of these, probably won't care if I just take one home, right?

They have a bunch of these, probably won’t care if I just take one home, right?

The royal family ate in front of an audience.

The royal family ate in front of an audience.

Restoration project taking place - being funded by an American "friends of Versaille" group.

Restoration project taking place – being funded by an American “friends of Versaille” group.

Hall of statues

Hall of statues

The gardens of Versaille are one of its most impressive features. A huge space filled with statues, fountains, and well manicured plants, you could spend hours walking around. Unfortunately for us, they’re doing a major renovation project on the main fountains, and apparently had to shut the water off to the whole fountain system. None of them were on. :(

Fountains... without water.

Fountains… without water.

Massive, huge, ginormous gardens.

Massive, huge, ginormous gardens.

Nice day for a row.

Nice day for a row.

Sorbet!

Sorbet!

A happy peasant dinner after a day at the palace.

A happy peasant dinner after a day at the palace.