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You cannot take a bad picture in Paris (Part 2: The Versailles edition)

One day after reviewing a new book on wealth inequality, we visited Versailles…ground zero for the inequality that led to the French revolution! Ah well, c’est la vie! (And by the way, you have to scroll all the way to the end before you run into the obligatory family shot!)

Panorama of the main facade of Versailles (DJB)

We’ll capture our day at Versailles in this second post of the ongoing series You cannot take a bad picture in Paris. (Click here for Part 1.)

As you can see in the panorama, we choose wisely as to crowds (not insane, as was the case with the Louvre) and weather (picture perfect, pun intended.)

Versailles detail (CHB)
Chapel, with organ and ceiling (DJB)

Like every other visitor, we were entranced with the Hall of Mirrors — the most famous room in Paris. But the crowds — seen in the picture below — weren’t bad. Compared to a 2016 visit to the Sistine Chapel, we felt practically alone in this magnificent venue!

Walking into the Hall of Mirrors, with hundreds of our new-found friends (DJB)
Hall of Mirrors detail (DJB)
A focus on the chandeliers and ceiling of the Hall of Mirrors (DJB)
In the gallery of war paintings (DJB)
A nice view looking outside from inside the chateau…which makes for a nice segue to the gardens (CHB)

Of course, the gardens of Versailles are at least half the reason for visiting, and our cameras caught multiple views that we wanted to capture for our memory banks.

Claire and I were talking this morning about how we approach photography. She’s the artist, always looking for the angle to make the picture more interesting. I’m more the documentarian, looking to capture the scene in its totality. There’s no better example than our two versions of the same scene:

Here’s my panoramic view of the vista into eternity. BTW, I love the little child’s playful gesture in the lower left. (DJB)
And Claire’s take on the same scene (CHB)
One of more than 300 fountains still in existence at Versailles (DJB)
View across the garden fields to a temple (DJB)

We ended our day at Versailles at the Queen’s Hamlet, a remarkable landscape to find in the Parisian suburbs, to say the least!

Structure and lake at the Queen’s Hamlet (DJB)
Detail from the Queen’s Hamlet (DJB)
Another house in the Queen’s Hamlet (DJB)

All in all, it was a lovely day. As we were trying to get a family selfie in the Hall of Mirrors near the end of the house tour, a very kind fellow tourist offered to take a shot for us. It turned out rather nicely, I would say.

Family portrait taken in the Hall of Mirrors by an anonymous and helpful fellow traveler who took pity on my attempts to get a group selfie.

As for more photographic reporting from our trip to Paris, I’m sure there will be, as I say, more to come…


Image: The gates to Versailles by DJB

This entry was posted in: Family, Heritage Travel


I am David J. Brown (hence the DJB) and I originally created this personal blog more than ten years ago as a way to capture photos and memories from a family vacation. After the trip was over I simply continued writing. Over the years the blog has changed to have a more definite focus aligned with my interest in places that matter, reading well, roots music, and more. My professional background is as a national nonprofit leader with a four-decade record of growing and strengthening organizations at local, state, and national levels. This work has been driven by my passion for connecting people in thriving, sustainable, and vibrant communities.


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