A trip to Versailles entails a 30 minutes train ride out to the suburbs of Paris. During our visit in late March of 2015 we encountered brisk temperatures and driving rain, but it didn't deter us from visiting one of the countries most lavish palaces. Built over the span of a few centuries, the grounds of Versailles are indeed huge and elaborate in architecture and design. From the golden highlights that adorn the exterior trims to the amazingly geometric gardens, the Palace ground are impressive. Once we stepped inside the royal rooms, a world of color, texture and design mastery opened up, along with a turbulent and dark history entrenched in revolution, betrayal and rolling heads.
Marie Antoinette was infamous for her excessive tastes and gluttony. Her love for lavish decor and a carefree extravagance is very apparent in her private boudoir. Painstaking hand embroidery, gold thread, gold leafing and floral wallpaper accent every square inch of her quarters in Louis XVI's palace at Versailles.
Marie Antoinettes bed chamber in the main Palace showcases the luxury, fine embroideries and gilt finishes on furniture that was popular among the Parisian bourgeoisie. Almost an assault to the eyes, it seems every square inch of wall is covered by ornate design and color. Fine velvets, silks and tapestries adorne every surface. Rich colors and fine hand work are on display, enticing my own creative spirit, but with a morbid hint of the excess and ultimately a strong sense of doom that was to come to those who enjoyed the fineries of this French Palais.
Ornate in design, probably made from the finest silks (I wasn't allowed to touch), the Circular rug in King's chambers was bordered in golden fringe. The stools, with a whimsical Squirrel motif, line the great hall. Just a taste of the amazing handwork, some of the best in the world at that time, probably still the best that has been created by human hands.
At last, the royal portraiture to give a sence of the finery worn by the artistocrats. Imagine the silks, furs and adornements! Of course probably now lost to history and the French Revolution.