I used to think Vegas was the tackiest place on earth. Now I've visited Versailles. It's all beautifully done, don't get me wrong, but so excessive and so fake (down to the "marble" columns) that I ultimately found it depressing. I can almost understand the beastly behaviour after 1789.

The grounds are very beautiful; excellent site architecture, placed on top of a gentle hill with expansive gardens stretching out on all sides. Great statuary too, although a lot of it was covered; made for some creepy photos.

I'm glad I checked Versailles off my to-do list, but I wouldn't recommend it unless it's a warm sunny day and you feel like a garden stroll.

  2006-10-19 08:38 Z