In return, King Louie XIV got the final say on every decision. He had all of Europe by the short and curlies. He was in complete control. And you'd think that that kind of power would go to your head, but King Louie XIV was a fair and great king- everyone loved him. The people called him the Sun King, because like the sun he gave life and warmth. More on him later...
On the train to Versailles.
100,000 gold leaves...on a fence. No biggie.
The Chapel where the royalty would attend mass every. single. day.
Louis XIV himself.
Louis XIV was arguably the most popular king to have ever lived. In his day he was the king. If you mentioned "the king", or had a conversation about "the king", anywhere in the world, you were referring to King Louie XIV. He was a true renaissance man in every sense of the word. He was good at everything. He was great looking, a great hunter, good at every sport, fantastic horseman, musician, art lover, and of course, fantastic lover. Basically the Brad Pitt of his time.
But that is not why people loved him. He was "relatively" humble and very approachable by anyone...pretty unheard of for a person of his stature, much less a king. France prospered under his reign, and he was loved by all for it. He was brilliant and had charm to top it all off. He reigned for 72 years and 110 days, still the longest reign in European history (and much longer than the average lifespan back then). Unfortunately for France his successors sucked, pretty much causing the French Revolution.
Hall of Mirrors.
Marie Antoinette's bed.
We had a nice long walk through the brilliant French countryside to get to the other side of the compound.
In a few years Versailles had become just as busy and crowded as Paris, the exact chaos they were trying to escape in the first place. So naturally they would need to build a new palace, I mean "house", a mile away. Construction began on the new Grand Trianon and again, no expense was spared.
Marie Antoinette went and got herself beheaded.
About 4 times the size of a normal pool table.
Would love to have a couple of jetskis on this thing.
The gardens next to the main palace are some of the most extravagant ever made. They might have been my favorite part of the day, but probably only because I no longer felt like a sardine inside with all the tourists.
More iPad photography.
Another storm on the horizon.
So long Louie. If only you knew that the peasants would one day walk all over your masterpiece.
Keeping warm in the subway station.
Once back in Paris and after getting rained on like three times, we decided to check out Les Invalides, the hospital Louis XIV built for France's old and injured soldiers. It is now a big military museum and houses the tomb of Napoleon Banoparte. And of course, when we got there it was closed.
The front of Les Invalides.
No idea what's going on with this statue.
Random church that we ran into.
The end of another great day. We would be on a train first thing in the morning with Bayeux and Normandy on the horizon. More to come.