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The shiny Bling of Versailles

Only recently the castle of Versailles has recovered its historic royal court gate. But the bling-bling doesn't stop there, because the restauration program 'Grand Versailles' will see that all the rooms of the palace as well as the facades and roofs will sparkle in its shiny have-you-seen-me gold cover.
To some it might seem over the top or kitschy, but these renovations are executed by relying on precise historical documents. But even to the inhabitants of Versailles, seeing the rooftops on the Cour de Marbre shining in the sun like they're on fire might seem a bit odd.
But then again, this was the home of the Sun King, and it wouldn't be the real thing if it wouldn't look like this. After all, a shining beacon of gold and over-the-top spending was the main occupation at the court of Louis XIV. Show your wealth by spending like crazy and showing it off. Almost like the rap culture dictates you to do nowadays. Enjoy the tour.

Cour de Marbre in all its splendor
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And now for a tour of the interiors. No comments here since I don't wanna sound like a tourist guide. Just look at the pictures for once and enjoy yourselves.
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The Battle of Yorktown.
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8 Responses to “The shiny Bling of Versailles”

  1. # Blogger wendy

    I love your eye. All the shots are great. Thanks for sharing...once again.  

  2. # Anonymous dakota bear

    Thank you!  

  3. # Blogger Mom in High Heels

    Fantastic! When I was there, the exterior had not been renovated yet. It makes such a difference! Beautiful shots as always. Erik is a snappy dresser! Tres chic.  

  4. # Blogger MixMax

    Beautiful collection. I have been to France countless times, I have been to Versailles but never went inside either because of the restoration and renovation work or did not have the time.

    I m afraid that I have to reconsider after seeing your pictures. Thanks for sharing  

  5. # Blogger DarkCity

    Bonjour! Cedric,
    The pictures of the palace in Versailles are beautiful as usual!... Cedric said,"To some it might seem over the top or kitschy, but these renovations are executed by relying on precise historical documents."
    I think that the French, have very exquisite taste and are very keen observer(s) when it comes to details in preserving their history.

    Thank-you! for sharing!

    Vive La France!
    Merci! Beaucoup!
    Cedric and Erik...
    I agree Erik, looks very stylish and graceful.

    Dcd ;-D  

  6. # Blogger seething with charm

    I am so very overwhelmed by the opulence.very beautiful.  

  7. # Blogger T IN LA

    I know it's a tourist spot, so thank you for visiting! Do you have any shots of the Gardens?  

  8. # Blogger ariellariell

    marvelous!  

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