My favorite place to be is the Chateau de Versailles, with its opulent Baroque decor and grandeur. So, not surprising that I recently spent some time there during my trip to Paris. This time, however, I did a “visite-conférence” – a one-and-a-half hour guided visit, which included access to the private apartments of Louis XV and Louis XVI, the Royal Opera, and the Royal Chapel – areas not permitted to visit with the general admission. You can reserve the “visite-conférence” online (recommended) for the guided visit in English or in French.
My favorite “Louis” is the XIV, and with the chateau being his signature piece, his visual presence is seen everywhere. I love the dress and music of that period (video below). As the “Sun King,” he was golden and the gold-leaf decor equally resonates throughout the chateau. Vive le Roi – “My Louis”!
Seeing that the Le Ballet des Fees de la Foret de Saint-Germain was being held at the Versailles Royal Opera during my recent trip to the area, I thought it might be fun to attend and watch a little classic ballet (read Baryshnikov). I love baroque style decor, and this is the place where Queen Marie Antoinette performed – I was very excited!
The Opera was dimly lit and bigger than I imagined, although not huge, as I was escorted to my ground floor seat.
The orchestra music began, with works right out of the time of Louis XIV and Molière, and I felt transported back in time. The cast acted out a theatrical play, including Cirque de Soleil-type acrobatics and entertaining feats. What an absolutely delightful surprise – it was so well done and truly entertaining! (videos below)
I am so excited, on cloud nine, over the moon, etc. I absolutely love anything to do with Versailles, and actually, am traveling there soon. The RER-C commuter trains, running from Paris to Versailles, are being re-decorated inside to ‘match’ the interior of some areas in the Chateau de Versailles (link in English). How totally cool is this!