One of my favourite movies is “Marie Antoinette”. Beautiful people in beautiful costumes, what’s not to love?
The film won an Academy Award for Best Costume Design, so Hollywood agrees.
And there’s going to be a new Marie Antoinette movie starring Diane Kruger! The new film will probably shed yet another light on the life of the queen, and I’m eager to see how it differs from the 2006 version. The one constant (aside from gorgeous dresses) is the setting – the equally stunning Château de Versailles.
I wasn’t about to pass up the opportunity to witness firsthand the opulence of the palace, and with a little clickety-click, it’s yet another tour with Viator! Our guide was the lovely Sarah, who hails from Texas but loves all things French. She’s warm, funny, and animated, and this was the most fun we ever had on a tour.
As usual, one of the best parts of a Viator tour is not having to queue.
We started with a tour of the gardens, which were massive! There’s no way to cover all that ground in a single day. We wanted to rent a buggy later in the day, but they were all out. 😦 Le Petit Trianon will have to wait for another time!
Within the gardens were “rooms”, and each had a distinct design and theme. Sarah (in the red jacket) would give us a brief history of these spots, and their significance in the lives of the French kings, namely Louis XIV, the one who made it all happen.
要是没花朵，怎能叫花园呢? (If there aren’t any flowers, how can we call it a garden?)
No shortage of fountains. It’s quite impressive how all this was achieved in the seventeenth century!
After the tour of the gardens, Sarah bid us adieu and left us to explore the interiors of the palace with our audio guides. Needless to say, it was far more crowded inside.
The infamous queen herself. I wonder if she ever knew of the stories she would inspire?
Well, until then, let me eat cake.