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For our last day in Paris, I booked us a private tour in Versailles via Localers.com once again! I was super excited but our tour didn’t start until 1pm so we had time to go around.

Coffee table in our AirBnb says EPAL haha

Coffee table in our AirBnb says EPAL haha

Arkin + Clara + Elmo <3

Arkin + Clara + Elmo <3

Passed by Cafe de Flore for breakfast!

Passed by Cafe de Flore for breakfast!

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Good coffee but skip the meal, too expensive for average food

And then we passed by Champs Élysées, famous for arguably being the most beautiful avenue in the world. It’s lined with luxury shops and restaurants.

*gasp*

*gasp*

That's faux!

That’s faux!

Siyempre kailangan ko

Siyempre kailangan ko

Parang kailangan ko ng ibang lipstick

*enters Sephora*

*enters Sephora* hehehe got some stuff from the new Dior line!

Then we met our tour guide Jonathan and we took a train to Versailles!! It was about 20 minutes away.

The Sun King

The Sun King

Look at that line!

Look at that line!

Glad we booked the tour with Jonathan because we got to skip the line!

Glad we booked the tour with Jonathan because we got to skip the line!

There were SO MANY people there that day

There were SO MANY people there that day

Pero magaling naman ako mangdaya ng photos hehe

Pero magaling naman ako mangdaya ng photos hehe

All the gold you see is ACTUAL gold that been hammered out and turned into what’s called “gold leaf”

The beautiful chapel that's closed off to the public

The beautiful chapel that’s closed off to the public

I learned that the designs on the doors are not just moldings that were pasted on the door. They were actually carved on the door. See the cracks?

I learned that the designs on the doors are not just moldings that were pasted on the door. They were actually carved on the door. See the cracks?

King Louis XIV was a bit narcissistic if you couldn't tell

King Louis XIV was a bit narcissistic if you couldn’t tell

He ruled as the king of France from 1643 until 72 years and 110 days later when he passed away. He was 5 years old when he reigned and died just days before his 77th birthday. He surpassed his sons, grandsons and was followed by his five-year-old great-grandson, Louis XV. Ang babata, noh? Nakaka King Tommen Baratheon.

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He’s the guy responsible behind the big wigs worn by men in France. He was 17 when his hair started thinning out and he wanted to hide it. Whatever the King did, people followed so it became the trend.

The cost of wigs increased, and perukes became a scheme for flaunting wealth. An everyday wig cost about 25 shillings—a week’s pay for a common Londoner. The bill for large, elaborate perukes ballooned to as high as 800 shillings. The word “bigwig” was coined to describe snobs who could afford big, poufy perukes. (via MentalFloss)

This chair is just for one girl with a big skirt

This chair is just for one girl with a big skirt

The Mercury Salon

The Mercury Salon

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Right before entering the Hall of Mirrors

Right before entering the Hall of Mirrors

The Hall of Mirrors was literally just a hallway for people to cross the palace. But it’s not just any hallway. Picture beautiful arched windows overlooking the majestic gardens and on the other side of the hall are similar arches full of mirrors to reflect the scenery.

Beautiful ceiling, OF COURSE.

Beautiful ceiling, OF COURSE.

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As soon as Jonathan told me, “many kings and queens have looked upon these mirrors,” I had to take a photo of myself

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So surreal

So surreal

Then we entered the King’s bedroom, built in 1701. This is where Louis XIV lived until he died in 1715. It’s where the Royal Rising and Retiring ceremonies took place.

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Every morning at 8AM, the king’s valet would wake him. The chief physician, the chief surgeon and Louis XIV’s childhood nurse (a.k.a. yaya) would enter together and his yaya would kiss him good morning. The night chamberpot, full of his piss and God knows what else, would be checked by the physician (“ah, brown poop! Good!”) before being removed from the room. At 8:30, the privileged people (mostly nobles) would enter the room and watch the ceremony. The grand chamberlain would present him with holy water, the servants would take off his nightshirt and present him with his day shirt. This is the moment the nobles could give the king their requests but in as few words as possible. The king would be given a liturgical book and a brief prayer would be said. This happens. Every. Morning. You can read more about the ceremonies online if you’re interested. Here’s a link to a day in the life of Louis XIV from the official Palace of Versailles website.

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You'd know if a table was from that era if it had 8 legs

You’d know if a table was from that era if it had 8 legs

This cutie was having the time of her life

This cutie was having the time of her life

Then we visited the Queen’s Chamber, and I totally got emotional.

I couldn't believe I was there

I couldn’t believe I was there

This is where Marie Antoinette and many other queens gave birth for the public to see.

When the palace was invaded by the rioters on 6 October 1789, Marie-Antoinette managed to escape from them through the little door on the left of the alcove, giving onto a corridor which gave access to the Queen’s internal apartments, a dozen small rooms reserved for her private life and her servants. (Via Chateau Versailles)

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The Antechamber of The Grand Couvert

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It was in the Queen’s antechamber that the public meals were held, whose sumptuous ritual attracted a large crowd. Only the royal family could take their places at the table and before them, seated, the duchesses, princesses or high-ranking persons who had the privilege to sit on a stool, then, standing, the other ladies and persons who, due to their rank or with the authorisation of the usher, had been allowed to enter. Louis XIV subjected himself to this performance almost every evening; Louis XV often preferred intimate suppers; as for Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette, a testimony from that time reports that: “The Queen sat on the King’s left. They had their backs turned to the fireplace […] The King ate with a good appetite, but the Queen did not remove her gloves and did not use her serviette, which was very wrong of her”. To counter this boredom, Marie-Antoinette asked for there always to be music in the Grand Couvert and for that purpose a platform was set up for the musicians in this room. (Via Chateau Versailles)

The tour of the palace was done. Good job, Jonathan ??

The tour of the palace was done. Good job, Jonathan ??

Even exiting the palace was an eye-gasm

Even exiting the palace was an eye-gasm

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Angelina's famous hot chocolate

Angelina’s famous hot chocolate

When we found out that there was a branch of Angelina’s in the palace, we were pretty surprised. Obviously it’s expensive to maintain the palace and even with the millions of tourists that visit the place yearly, it only covers about 40% of the costs. That’s why they have to allow commercial tenants. I think there are only two shops in there?

"Serve me like I'm a king" "CHE!!! ... Sige na nga"

“Serve me like I’m a king” “CHE!!! … Sige na nga”

Tourists at the Royal Courtyard

Tourists at the Royal Courtyard

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Now it was time for a tour of Les Jardins Musicaux (The Musical Gardens). My heart!!!

Parterre Nord (North Parterre)

Parterre Nord (North Parterre)

Bassin de la Pyramide (Pyramide Fountain)

Bassin de la Pyramide (Pyramide Fountain)

I changed from my booties to flats. I predicted my feet would get tired from all the walking so I brought a pair with me and a tote to carry my heels. Thank you, Jim, for carrying the tote ❤️

Jim took this candid happiness shot

Jim took this candid happiness shot

Then I caught him and said NO, HINDI BAGAY YUNG FLATS KO SA OUTFIT KO (lol)

Then I caught him and said NO, HINDI BAGAY YUNG FLATS KO SA OUTFIT KO (lol)

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There are a total of 15 groves in the garden and for some of them, classical music was being played to set the mood

Bosquet des Bains d'Apollon (Grove of Apollo's Bath)

Bosquet des Bains d’Apollon (Grove of Apollo’s Bath)

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I learned that temporary exhibitions of contemporary art have been held at Versailles for years already. I wasn’t aware that famous contemporary artist Jeff “King of Kitsch” Koons started it back in 2008 when his work was displayed inside Versailles. Our tour guide told us that he believes that the higher ups had connections with these up-and-coming artists and displaying their work at Versailles would make them a lot of money.

The exhibition we chanced upon was the controversial works by Anish Kapoor.

Sectional Body Preparing For Monadic Singularity

Sectional Body Preparing For Monadic Singularity | Anish Kapoor, 2015

But I’ll dive more into that later.

Bosquet de l'Encelade (Encelade Grove) - The fall of the titans being buried under the rocks of Mt. Olympus.

Bosquet de l’Encelade (Encelade Grove) – The fall of the titans being buried under the rocks of Mt. Olympus.

Up next: the best exhibit in the world.

Public Display of Affection. Magalona-Bacarro, 2015

Public Display of Affection | Magalona-Bacarro, 2015

"I'll be the one to pop my foot"

“I’ll be the one to pop my foot”

Di ko keri!! Hahahaha

Di ko keri!! Hahahaha

<3

<3

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It was such a beautiful day

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Descension | Anish Kapoor, 2015

Descension | Anish Kapoor, 2015

More by Anish Kapoor. Most of his works feature holes, interpreted by many as a yonic (as opposed to phallic) symbol. The most controversial one (which I failed to take a photo of), Dirty Corner, has been dubbed “The Queen’s Vagina” by the press.

I like Magalona-Bacarro's work better LELZ

I like Magalona-Bacarro’s work better LELZ

BTW, my flats were the worst choice for the garden. They’re not completely closed so the pebbles kept going inside. Just FYI if you plan on going — wear sneakers! It slowed us down a bit but we had loads of fun anyway.

 

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The Colonnade Grove

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The Mirror Fountain was magical!!! The fountains danced along to Jean-Baptise Lully and Marc-Antoine Charpentier. This happens every 10 minutes from 10am to 6:30pm.

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Bacchus (God of wine) Fountain

Bacchus (God of wine) Fountain

Bosquet de la Salle de Bal (Ballroom Grove)

Bosquet de la Salle de Bal (Ballroom Grove)

IDK why but this reminded me so much of Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire

IDK why but this reminded me so much of Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire

Took more fun photos before ending the tour

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“Fun” photo while waiting for Jim to finish all his jumping. Thanks, Jonathan, for being our photographer.

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You can barely make out Kapoor’s Dirty Corner in that last photo but it’s there behind the fountain. We weren’t able to visit Marie Antoinette’s Estate because that would take another day’s tour and separate tickets according to Jonathan.

It was really a day to remember, I’m SO happy I booked the tour. We went back home to rest before heading out again to a famous cool live music spot in Paris, Point Éphémère.

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I researched it back in Manila — oh the wonders of the Internet. We got tickets to watch indie local band Great Mountain Fire. We had sandwiches and a couple of beers while waiting.

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Happy ??

Happy ??

And then the band started and we watched and danced the night away. Click here to listen to their music. Super fun!

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Good night ?

Click here for more information about our Private Tour of Versailles.

♥,
Saab

Saab

26 Comments

  1. Reply

    Angelie

    November 11, 2015

    Loved your post Saab! We also visited Europe last September (IT, CH, FR, UK). Our tour was via Trafalgar. Was a little bit disappointed because we spent most of our time in the bus when we were in CH and Paris. :( We did not go to the Louvre! But we were able to tour versailles! Grabe the place was so majestic. COuldn’t believe that I was standing/walking on the floors the great rulers once did! Goosebumps!! I will definitely come back and visit the other places our tour didn’t include, with a LOCAL! Indeed there is more to France than the Eiffel Tower!

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      Saab

      November 12, 2015

      TRUE!! Good luck to you!! Jim did a similar tour daw years ago and they spent more time nga in the bus and he barely remembered anything from the tours because they were a big group.

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    Glady

    November 11, 2015

    Beautiful pictures. Interesting post! :)

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      Saab

      November 12, 2015

      Thanks :)

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    Patricia

    November 11, 2015

    Wow dami ngang tao! When I went there medyo slow day. Tawang-tawa ako don sa fact na people watch them eat. Ang grand-grand ng palace na’to noh. So many.details. My absolute fave is the Hall of Mirrors. Super excited akong makita yon kasi I read about it sa isang Nancy Drew book. Like you I didn’t get to visit the Trianon. *boo* It’s also nice to eat at the gardens btw.

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      Saab

      November 12, 2015

      Yes!! I saw may mga areas na pwede mag picnic! It’s was SO beautiful huhuuhu

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    Jarvis

    November 11, 2015

    By far my 2nd favorite of all your blog posts (you’re wedding post took the 1st spot). The pictures are just so perfect! Ang ganda ganda sobra. Then you and Jim pa…♥ Would you believe na medyo naiyak ako dun sa mga pics ng garden? Life goals grabe, I told myself “I will work hard so that one day, ako naman ang may picture dyan!” I will share this post to my boyfriend. Thank you Saab and Jim.

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      Saab

      November 12, 2015

      Awwwwwwww!! Thank you!! I hope you get to go someday!!:)

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    secretwalangclue

    November 11, 2015

    Great post, as yush. :)

    Also thanks for the ‘Yonic’ word :)

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      Saab

      November 12, 2015

      <3<3

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    Rosemarie anne deguerto

    November 11, 2015

    OMG! i was having goosebumps all the way ! amazing shots!

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      Saab

      November 12, 2015

      Thank you very much!!

  7. Reply

    AEivryn

    November 12, 2015

    WOW .

  8. Reply

    Kathleen

    November 12, 2015

    Hi Saab! I love your coat (the one with the fur collar)! Where did you buy it?

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      Saab

      November 12, 2015

      Hi! Thank you!:) I actually just borrowed it from Megan ?

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    Nadine

    November 12, 2015

    How did you edit your photos? Nakakaiyak sa sobrang ganda, trying not to cry here in the office!

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      Saab

      November 12, 2015

      Grabe!! Haha awww thank you!! I used VSCO filters thru Adobe Lightroom :)

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    KC Villera

    November 17, 2015

    The reason why I always love visiting your blog bc it is not boring!! ang witty ng mga captions hahaha and super cool ng mga shots mo. <3 <3 <3

    P.S: SUPER CUTE NYO TALAGA NI JIM

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      Saab

      November 18, 2015

      Thank you, KC!!

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    Abbie

    November 18, 2015

    Saaby, I feel like I would cry when I get to visit Versailles. So inspired to save up to finally push through with going. KAKAIYAK. ANG GANDA. Your Blog is still my favourite to read after all these years.
    Also, I miss you! <3

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      Saab

      November 18, 2015

      Awwwwww!! Thank you, Abbie!! And yes, nakakaiyak talaga ang Versailles!!

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    Candice

    November 20, 2015

    What camera did you use? Your photos are breathtaking! :)

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      Saab

      November 26, 2015

      Sony A6000 :)

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    Annika

    November 21, 2015

    The mini outdoor theater which reminded you of HP Goblet of Fire– I think it’s because it looked similar to the theater where the parents, students, and the rest of the crowd were during the Maze challenge. Sorry, couldn’t resist not answering! :))))

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      Saab

      November 26, 2015

      EXACTLYYYY!!! Thank you for understanding hahaha

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