I have to believe the subject of this post is one you won't find easily on the internet, if at all. I'm curious to know how many people schlep to the palace of Louis', and get hung-up in guest services by choice, snapping shots of the newly remodeled ticket office and bookstore. I'd be happy to take the prize for such madness - I for one, thought it was all done brilliantly in its own right.
Had we been organized enough to buy our tickets ahead of time, or tricked into buying them early, down the street at the third party seller near the train station, I would have missed this magical space tucked quietly away off the front entrance of the palace. Once inside, I had to walk in and out of every room designated for sitting and waiting, purchasing tickets, and obtaining tour information. It was practically empty and I couldn't help but just fall in love with all the decor and how seamlessly modern touches were brought to this lavish and ornate palace.
There were so many different wallpaper patterns that I lost count. I was curious to hear the story of their creation. Were the patterns new? Or were they in some way inspired by antique patterns already found inside the palace walls?
Each royal family that lived at Versailles was represented by giant, black silhouettes above the doorways. Anne D'Autriche had the most unfortunate profile of them all.
I don't know the significance of this chicken graphic. Then again, I'm not sure I need to!
I just LOVE how Europeans fearlessly mix the old with new. In America is seems as though we are always aiming to preserve architecturally what little historical value we can scrape together. But not the Europeans. They take no issue in cutting holes in the tops of 100 year old buildings and installing glass domes, to give just one example.
King Louis XIV, the one most responsible for the expanse of Versailles, called himself The Sun King. You'll see lots of references to this throughout the palace, above are some modern graphics doing the same.
Beanie noticed the bathroom signage which caused us to give a collective, "Awwww!"
Then there was the gift store. With five rooms of creatively designed interiors, we joked about never wanting to leave. The kid's room was the best! I am personally a big sucker for books and, like my mom, love to wander through museum gift stores. I drooled over the collection of never-before-seen children's books on history and felt jilted when I couldn't fine them in English! ;)
We picked up this book for Beanie. It shows Barbie and Ken in couple costumes from Adam + Even, all the way up through history to modern times. Who cares that it's in French!? She loves the photos and even tries to decipher certain key words here and there.
I have lots more to share on our day at Versailles. Stay tuned!