What should have been a two-connection train trip of maybe an hour took us more than three hours, hence "vexing" in the title of this post.
These three images were enhanced through a phone app called Snapseed. The HDR effect really makes the colors pop and dramatically brings out the puffy clouds prevalent on this day.
At the hotel where we bought our Versailles tickets, we were given some incorrect train information. The train line we were told to take was shut down on Sunday, June 25.
Then on the way, we were given more incorrect information.
We would complain to the hotel guest relations person, and she saw that our ticket cost was taken off our hotel bill.
France's King Louis XIV moved his royal court from The Louvre to the Palace of Versailles.
Louis would become king at just four years old! This after the death of his father, King Louis XIII.
His long reign, according to this Versailles website, "is often referred to as 'Le Grand Siecle' (the Great Century), forever associated with the image of an absolute monarch and a strong, centralised state."
The palace, one of the world's largest, is more than 720,000 square feet.
The line to get in was daunting as well. But it did move fairly quickly, and we got through it within 45 minutes.
That final gallery is one we missed, unfortunately.
The King's Bed Chamber.
According to this Versailles site, the palace has 700 rooms, more than 2,000 windows, 1,125 chimneys and 67 staircases.
Not only did the immediate royal family live here, but also many other members of the French nobility. All official government offices were here as well.
Louis XIV had Grand Trianon built near Versailles as a getaway home and "to get away from the arduous pomp of the court and to pursue to his affair with his 'influential' mistress Madame de Montespan."
Hall of Mirrors is considered the most famous room at Versailles.
Hours can be spent roaming the hundreds of acres of property, much of it carefully and finely landscaped and tiered gardens.
historic Middleton Place were patterned after the tiered gardens and sculpture-filled landscape here at Versailles.
There are 50 (yes 50!) fountains on the site. This one is called Leto's Fountain.
according to this Versailles site, was inspired by "The Metamorphoses" by Ovide. It illustrates the story of Leto, the mother of Apollo and Diana, protecting her children from the insults of the peasants of Lycia and pleading with Jupiter to avenge her.
This fountain was first created in 1668 with additions coming in later decades.
According to this website, there are 386 statues and sculptures in and around the gardens. They are made of bronze, marble and lead.
Helio's Pub, which was very good.
It seems a pleasant place, which has certainly had its share of history through the ages.
Franklin and a small American delegation traveled to France in 1778 and met with King Louis XVI. They endeared themselves to the king and French diplomats to the point they "were hero-worshipped in Paris and Versailles," according to this Versailles site.
The French support Franklin and his comrades earned would be crucial to the American defeat of the British in the war for independence!