For a while now we've been promising Anna that one day we'd take her to a real castle. Last year we talked about going to Versailles, but never made it. We intended to take her to Buckingham Palace, but didn't count on it being sold out days in advance. So with the determination required to brave the crowds, we finally made it to Versailles.
We were lucky to get a day that wasn't too hot, though after many, many hours of crowds and lines and walking David and I felt like we'd been through a battle. That said, you can't deny the beauty of the place, especially the enormous grounds. The sheer number of fountains is amazing, each with a different size, shape and theme. Time and time again a blind turn in the gardens would reveal some beautiful surprise.
Inside the chapel (which is inside the Palace).
One of hundreds of chandeliers in the infamous Hall of Mirrors.
A bedroom fit for a queen.
A detail from a painting of the coronation Empress Josephine.
View from the Grande Trinon.
One of the hundred of statues in the main gardens. I took a particular liking to her.