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Old 12-28-2014, 04:45 PM
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You're welcome its fascinating to watch the expansion and sheer scale of the palace.
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Plans for a hotel within the grounds of the Palace of Versailles.

A hotel like no other at the Palace of Versailles - Independent.ie
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Old 08-18-2015, 01:13 PM
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That's interesting, thanks An Ard Ri. It will be good to see the hotel develop! I can imagine that it will be expensive to stay in though... which is a shame, because I would love to.
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Old 08-18-2015, 09:01 PM
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Plans for a hotel within the grounds of the Palace of Versailles.

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I would really hate to see a modern hotel developed on the grounds this most historic Royal residence. I really hope the Friends of Versailles do all in their power to block it.
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I would really hate to see a modern hotel developed on the grounds this most historic Royal residence. I really hope the Friends of Versailles do all in their power to block it.

The way I interpreted the article the hotel will be in some of the old outlying buildings on the site.


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Old 08-19-2015, 07:47 AM
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That would also be my understanding from the article.
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The Grand Trianon - some photos I took last autumn.
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Old 09-19-2015, 05:17 AM
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Some more of the rooms of the Grand Trianon.
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Old 09-19-2015, 05:44 AM
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Further rooms of the Grand Trianon.
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Old 09-19-2015, 05:56 AM
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Fantastic pictures. Thank you for sharing


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Old 09-19-2015, 06:10 AM
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You're very welcome JR76.

I recently watched the Marie-Antoinette movie "Farewell My Queen" - which was filmed at Versailles - and have been looking over my photos, as I really enjoyed that film.
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Gorgeous! That's one thing we missed when we visited Versailles. It was pouring, an icy cold rain.
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Old 09-19-2015, 05:28 PM
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Gorgeous! That's one thing we missed when we visited Versailles. It was pouring, an icy cold rain.
It's been so long, it actually sounds inviting to me: from getting soaked in long walks across the muddy fields, to a hot bath afterwards, and cozy fires, hot cocoa, a good book, and long lingering abstracted gazes across the landscape.

Love the additional pictures, Sun Lion.
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Here are some photos I took of Marie Antoinette's bedroom in the main palace of Versailles.

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Some photos I took around the front/main entrance of Versailles.
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A few more photos I took around the front of Versailles.
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Hi, Sun Lion! Love the pictures. Keep them coming!
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At the moment there is a beautiful exposition in the Château de Versailles: Le Roi est mort.

On September 1st 1715, after a week of slow agony, Louis XIV de Bourbon passed away, just before his 77th birthday. A reign of 72 years ended, the longest in the history of France. Another reign almost as long began: that of the late King's great-grandson Louis XV de Bourbon (1715-1774).

On his return from hunting in the Forêt de Marly, the King felt a sharp pain in his leg. Gangrene... Despite the unbearable pains, the King continued with his usual daily businesses without flinching. But on 25 August, Louis' feast day, the King had to remain in his bed. The doctors were helpless. On the same day King Louis XIV received his Heir, his great-grandson Louis de Bourbon, Duc d'Anjou, aged 5 (the future Louis XV). The old King recommended his great-grandson to relieve his people’s suffering and avoid war as far as possible. The King was aware of his own failings on these points and requested the boy to remain a “peace-loving prince”.

The King's death took longer than expected. For three times the King said his Farewell to his spouse Françoise d'Aubigny, Marquise de Maintenon. And for two times the King made his Farewell to the Court.

King Louis XIV finally went into a semi-coma lasting the next two days. The old King died on 1 September in the morning. His body was on view for eight days in the Grande Galerie. On 9 September the late King was transported to Saint-Denis, with the grandest ceremonial possible. The King's nephew Philippe, Duc d'Orléans became Regent of the Kingdom until the majority of the new King (Louis XV).

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Thank you, Duc et Pair.
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The restoration and gilding of the bassin de Latone at Versailles.

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