Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The Palace of Versailles

Wednesday, June 2

A crowd of anxious tourists wait outside the blocked out Palace of Versailles.
Wednesday, June 2

With Professor Sobelman yet again at ISCAS, we were treated with another short visit. This one was at the Palace of Versailles. Getting there only took about an hour and a half via Paris Métro and RER (Réseau Express Régional).

Soon after we arrived and before we entered, every visitor was kicked out of the palace. Although I am unsure of the reason for this, perhaps there was a security breach. As we waited for the palace to reopen, we took a walk through a small section of the gardens of Versailles. When the palace reopened, we were brought on a private guided tour of the king's private apartments after which we were set free to look at any part of the palace we wanted.

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Walking toward Versailles

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The new gilded gate built last year

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Crowds of visitors waiting outside Versailles after being kicked out

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The garden of Versailles

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The guys at the garden

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The king's private staircase

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Chapel at Versailles

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Ivan at the Hall of Mirrors

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