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Velvet and Lace, Pearls and Feathers at Versailles

The Palace at Versailles is breathtaking. When you stop to remember that naturally, there weren't any large bodies of water in the area, you are blown away. The lakes, the fountains, the extensive gardens, it's incredible.
In the summer, Versailles is flourishing with flowers, butterflies, drenched in heat, and all the water fountains are buzzing with life. In the winter, there is a quiet mystery that hangs over the palace. The fog lends an air of curiosity to the grounds, and it plays with the imagination (in all forms of grandeur of course). The lace, embroidery, pink marble, gold accents, and black and white patterned floors and statues is overwhelming. It is impossible to take it all in.
Fun little side note? Over 6,000 paintings and 2,000 statues along with over 50% of the palace are closed off to the public. So as overwhelmed the visitor might be, much of it has gone unseen. (Like the kitchen. I want to see the where all the food was prepped! Can you imagine the armies it took to feed everyone?)

While at the palace I kept trying to imagine young Marie Antoinette arriving and her first impressions. I tried to imagine her fear as she escaped through the side door in her bedroom. I thought of the rustling of her dresses as she wandered the halls. I did my best to dress in the luxury of Versailles, while remaining warm, comfortable and not too over the top (of course some frivolity is to be aloud for the palace!).


Elisabeth - Everything's Better with Frosting said...

That foggy atmosphere looks absolutely perfect for exploring. I think I'd actually prefer that over a warm sunny day - makes it easier to squint your way into envisioning ghosts from the past. That last photo in particular caught my attention. And super cute look for the day, too!

Eda ♥ said...

Such beautiful photographs, I must visit some day soon and you look lovely darling ♥

*following your blog*

Eda ♥

daisychain said...

what divine photos!

Jennifer Fabulous said...

These photos are gorgeous! Seriously look like they belong in a travel magazine!! And you. Omg. Your outfit. PERFECTION.

Eda ♥ said...

I just had to say, thank you for your lovely comment, just read it this morning and it really made me smile, my old director, all he did was boast about were the cars he owned and how he had a 'need for speed'!

*following your blog*

Eda ♥

sartorial diary said...

ok firstly the palace is friggin beautiful!
marie antoinette was one lucky bum(obviously before she got executed and what not).
also,beautiful writing and i love that collar/necklace thingy around your neck!


Anonymous said...

"Velvet and Lace, Pearls and Feathers at Versailles" A +

I absolutely loved these pictures and your outfit is very pretty !

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