Day Two: Paris Recap

I'd seen pictures in textbooks, I'd heard stories, I'd seen movies, but nothing compared to seeing the real Palace of Versailles in person. The inside of the Palace of Versailles was magnificent! The fireplaces, the ceilings, the wallpaper, the furniture, the bedding, the portraits, the marble, and the mirrors were exquisite unlike anything I'd ever seen before. We paid to have a tour guide show us around the Palace. 


*Que pictures*




The ceilings in every room are covered in hand painted murals. 



The Palace of Versailles is known for it's massive fireplaces. This fireplace was at least 6 ft tall. 


Crown molding in the corners of the ceilings. 




This was just a hallway... JUST a hallway. I was in heaven. How gorgeous! The hand painted murals on the ceiling were amazing. 


A masterpiece on the wall and a masterpiece on the ceiling, surrounded by marble walls and bronze trim. 



This wall is covered in multi colored marble. 


This room is also covered in marble. 



Mural on the ceiling. 



Another amazing hand painted mural on the ceiling. 







Loved this room. The hot pink wallpaper is trimmed with a white and gold fabric border. 





This was their entertainment ballroom. 


Marie Antoinette and her children. 


The empty bassinet signified the loss of one of Marie Antoinette's children. 


Gorgeous view of the gardens from the pink room. 





The Hall of Mirrors


The Hall of Mirrors was created as a way to illuminate the halls of the palace using few candles. They did this to limit the amount of candle smoke through out the halls of the Palace to protect the ornate walls and ceilings from possible smoke damage. 


Palace officials perfected the art of illuminating the Palace by using a combination of candles and reflective chandeliers. The left wall consists of 17 mirrored arches, that reflect the 17 windows that overlook the gardens. 


Taking a selfie with the infamous mirror wall. The large mirrors are made up of 21 smaller mirrors that are bonded with bronze trim. 


Handmade furniture unique to the Palace. Unfortunately, most of the original furniture was destroyed and burned during the French Revolution. 


2 out of the 17 windows that overlook the Gardens. The bronze details you see in the arches of the windows represent symbols of France. 




Each room in the Palace has a different theme. 















The backyard of the Palace. 




The front of the Palace. 

After that jaw dropping tour through the Palace, we boarded the tour bus and headed to our next destination, The Eiffel Tower. 


This area is actually just a large platform that sits in front of the Eiffel Tower, where you can get great shots of the Eiffel Tower in the background. There's also a ledge that you can sit on while you take pictures. As I'm sitting here smiling and waiting for my friend to take my picture, this lady keeps walking and stopping right in the middle of my pictures. She would stop, turn, move a little, then stop and look out at the scenery again. We were dying laughing. I could of sworn she was doing it on purpose. Finally, we got a shot without my new friend. 


Next, we took the bus over to the actual grounds of the Eiffel Tower. 


I took these pictures on my iPhone at the time. Don't they look awesome? My iPhone took some great daytime shots while we were in Paris. 



The elevator ride up to the top platform of the Eiffel Tower. 


The bottom of the elevator is glass so you could see everything. For those of you who have a fear of heights, this one might get you if you look down. 


See Arc de Triomphe in the bottom right^


French Capital Building 



After exploring the top of the Eiffel Tower, we walked the streets of Paris and came across a food stand. They were selling crepes and chocolate waffles. We grabbed a snack and got ready to board our river boat tour. 


Pont Alexander III Bridge







This is one of my favorites. I love sunset shots. 






It's popular for teens to gather down by the river. 


Old train station converted into a beautiful museum, Musee d'Orsay.


The Pantheon, known for being the resting place of some on Frances greatest contributors and hero's. 


These pictures were taken on my old sony camera, back before I had a DSLR, so my night pictures didn't turn out the best. 



After our river boat tour, we stopped at the Eiffel Tower and waited for the light show to begin. 


The show lasted for about 10 minutes. It was nothing crazy, but it gave the Eiffel Tower a little extra sparkle and twinkle in the dark night sky. It was beautiful! 


Here's a video I pulled from Youtube to give you an idea of what it looks like at night.


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5 comments

  1. I seriously can't get over how beautiful the Palace of Versailles is! Everything is just so ornate and stunning! The gardens are so beautiful too, as well as the views of the city! I had no idea that the bottom of the elevator was glass that you rode up to the top of the Eiffel Tower! What a cool experience to see as you're making your way to the top!

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  2. The palace of versailles is just so oppulent - I remember going and thinking this was the most ornate thing I've ever seen - no wonder people didn't like royalty LOL! I loved the hall of mirrors though and the gardens were just stunning!! xo, Biana -

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  3. Wow, this look magical!! So cool that you got to visit so many amazing places! Paris is on my list of cities to visit one day! The story about the lady in front of the Eiffel Tower was hysterical! So funny that she is captured in your pic for all time! :)

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  4. That Hall of Mirrors is amazing! I wish I had done more excursions around Paris but it was a tad too cold to do the boat tour.

    Sincerely,
    Sabrina

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  5. Paris looks absolutely amazing!!! All of that art!!! And the chandeliers and fancy furniture. I want one french chic room in my house one day. I just need one. Haha! I would love to go one day.

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