Paris: Excellence To It’s Highest
As it was not warm yet and nature was still sleeping, I focused on the architecture and indoors during my three day visit. I can definitely say that Paris is the most luxurious city I have been to. One building more graceful than another.
I am glad I went to The Palace of Versailles which was a home to generations of French monarchy. The reigning ended with the French revolution when the King Louis XVI and his wife Marie Antoinette were executed in the late 1700s. It took ~50 years to build 700 rooms, 2153 windows and 67 stairs. Vast space allowed to crowd up to 10,000 people depending on the days.
In the 17th century mirrors were among the most expensive items to possess at the time, so Hall of 357 Mirrors is something they were proud of. It’s 73m × 10m × 12m big. By the way, all the gold you see is real.
It is truly royal. Marble floor, chapel altar all in gold, organ, amazing paintings and columns. What an enormous space, impossible to capture in one photo. I wish to return to the castle in summer to see it’s gardens green and with flowers. The numbers are impressive again. 8000 hectares, 200 000 trees, 210 000 flowers, 600 fountains, 35 km long irrigation system. Definitely on my to-see list.
Another place I visited is Napoleon III apartments and some sections of paintings in Louvre.
Once I arrived at Mona Lisa I was surprised that the painting is so small. Somehow missed this fact and at first I thought that let’s move on, too many people, would need some serious patience to see the piece closer. Then I realised that I don’t know when I’ll visit Louvre again, so I got in there and did a Selfie.
I thought that this is the most goldish room I have ever seen… and then I discovered Palais Garner, National Opera house. It seems that they didn’t want to miss any square centimeter to put some gold on. I will let the pictures speak for themselves.