The grandeur of Versailles is hard to imagine. King Louis XIV devoted half the GNP of France to the construction of the buildings and gardens. At age 4 in 1643, he became king. His father, Louis XIII’s will, appointed a regency council to rule during Louis XIV youth. His early years were difficult because he was stripped of power and treated according by the regency council. With his mother, he eventually had his father’s will annulled. Louis XIV transformed his father’s relatively modest hunting lodge to palaces with gardens and fountains. He built the most significant monarchy in Europe. Versailles was his escape from Paris. He would entertain as many as 5,000 nobles at a time.
Below are Rachel and Ella in the Hall of Mirrors. To the right is Pandora holding the famous box in her left hand. Below is Artimus, the goddess of chastity, the hunt, and nature.
In a rowboat with the five of us on the one mile Grand Canal We shared the canal with several single person sculls. We tried to stay out of their way. They came pretty close a couple of times.