Rue du Bailliage, Versailles

Versailles, not the Palace…

View from Pont Louis-Philippe, Paris. On my way to the train station.

View from Pont Louis-Philippe, Paris. On my way to the train station.

After watching Mike’s step by step travel guide on how to travel from Paris to Versailles by train, I was so confident that it would be easy as pie to go to Versailles (I’m a poet! Yes when you say “Versailles” like the French do, it rhymes with pie! I think…) Somehow I ended up in Saint-Martin d’Etampes and the mechanical voice said “end of line, everyone out”. So my 35 minute trip turned into almost 3 hours. Next time will have the RER map with me and double check the direction…

Anagama gallery, Rue de Bailliage, Versailles

Anagama gallery, Rue de Bailliage, Versailles

The reason for my trip had nothing to do with Marie-Antoinette. About 3 months ago I read a feature in “The Artist” about the award winning artist, Douglas Gray. He is an English artist specialising in figurative and landscape oil paintings. It stated that his work would be exhibited in Versailles from 13 September until 11 October. I really admire his work and was looking forward to the opportunity to see his work in real life. His colors are muted and harmonious, the tonal values are expertly executed and his varied brushwork keep you interested in different areas of each painting. These were all street scenes and I was hoping to see a marine painting, his river and seascapes seem exquisite. The gallery is tucked away in a little pedestrian walkway. Versailles has many of these walkways and I just loved exploring the town.

 

Lazare Hoche, Versailles

Lazare Hoche, Versailles

Had Sushi and lemonade at Lazare Hoch, a small park facing another Notre-Dame. Shared a bench with a elderly French woman. This small park is on a traffic circle/square, so you sit there under these huge trees, pigeons walking around and cars rushing by. A bit of peace and quiet amidst the busyness of everyday life. Except for an unsuspecting young man, who received a small ‘donation’ from a branch above. Courtesy of one of the pigeons. The French lady and I was giggling as he wiped his jacket and documents, shame on us.

Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles

Saw the palace from afar, due to a strike the Palace and Estate of Versailles were closed for the day. I knew this beforehand and was not disappointed by the lack of tourists swarming around. Lots of people taking photos through the closed gates. Quite ironic that first it was the royalty, now it is the working class shutting the common people out. Are  we still held ransom, only a different ringmaster calling the shots now?

Inside Notre-Dame

Inside Notre-Dame

Inside Notre-Dame

Inside Notre-Dame

Inside Notre-Dame

Inside Notre-Dame

The parish church of Notre-Dame Versailles was commanded to be built by Louis XIV by Jules Hardbuin-Mansart in the Neo-Classical style and was consecrated on 30 October 1686. It has been classed as a historical monument in 2005. The stain glass windows are intriguing, not sure if the photo’s does it justice. Too much to see in half a day, might have to return…

Versailles Cathedral

Versailles Cathedral

 

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2 Responses to Versailles, not the Palace…

  1. xavier 23/11/2015 at 14:25 #

    Hi there,

    Why do you make a link to ” Mike’s step by step travel guide” if it gave you the wrong way to go to versailles ? You give him a huge visibility thanks to your backlink for a bad service!

    Regards,

    • Kala Combrink 23/11/2015 at 17:56 #

      Hi Xavier,
      Thanks for reading my post. What I should have said is, “despite the excellent directions, I still managed to get lost”. If you have a look at his website, his directions are very precise and spot on. When I looked at it again, I thought it was quite funny, I was just not paying attention at the station and that was the reason for my delay.
      Oh and thanks for thinking my blog will give him huge visibility 🙂
      Regards,

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