This is Ridiculous, This is Versailles

Do you ever feel like you see a movie, get transfixed on the sets, the story and the setting of where it happened and you just want to be there to take it all in?

It happened to me when I saw Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette starring Kirsten Dunst. I'm not really a fan of classical history especially when they're all about speeches, old English and boring story lines. Put in a funky Sofia Coppola, funky soundtrack and a different approach to Marie Antoinette's caprices, then you've got my attention.

Queen Marie Antoinette of France, was the Princess of Austria who then got betrothed to King Louie XVI of France. They lived in Versailles and were therefore the last royals of Bourbon, triggering the French Revolution in the 19th century.

They were married at 14 and by 19, Marie Antoinette was Queen. Can you just imagine?

Anyway, I was really lucky to have been able to book a daytrip to Versailles, the palace of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette when I came to France. It's one of the highlights of my trip and to this day, I can still imagine the grandiose of it all.

The palace of Versailles is decorated with golden, intricate gates.

I can't remember the exact size of Versailles but it was definitely a lot like Disneyworld.

This is Marie Antoinette's bedchamber, where every morning, the highest member of the royals would be undressing her and putting on her robes. This is where I got this entry's title, if you've seen the Coppola movie.

The Hall of Mirrors

In the 19th century, kings and queens ate in public.

Maybe a quarter of the Gardens of Versailles, where the ticket to enter is different from the entrance to the chateau.

The Gardens of Petit Trianon, Marie Antoinette's recreation home, aka where she fooled around with Count Axel Von Fersan.

And this was her room in the Petit Trianon, a gift from Louis XVI, former room of Madame Du Barry, special friend of Louis XV.

This is a special hall of battles, where paintings of all the battles that happened then were displayed. It was one of the biggest rooms I've been to in Versailles.

Overall: Versailles is in the running of my favorite things I did in France --- it was just a bit annoying how there were so many tourists, especially ones who kept bumping us because everybody's taking pictures. Nonetheless, I'm glad I made the trip to see the location of one of my favorite movies and a character I'm fascinated with.

If your coming to France, take a day trip in one of those local agencies {Big Red Bus was mine}. It's less than €100 an lasts about 10 hours all in all.

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