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