Palace of Versailles (Paris, France)

Our ‘big’ vacation in 2015 took us to one of my favorite cities in the world – Paris, France – and we were able to visit the Palace of Versailles this time around. It was as opulent as I imagined it would be as it was built by a king seemingly trying to bankrupt his country. With the political system (no I don’t want to talk politics :)) the way it is today in the USA I have to wonder if someday in the future people will be visiting Washington thinking the same things – when is the last time we had a balanced budget?

Palace of Versailles (Paris, France)

Palace of Versailles (Paris, France)

This year we are off to Africa for about two and a half weeks so the blog may sit quiet for awhile as I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to post while abroad. From an activity standpoint we are expecting to be pretty busy:

Cape Town:
1) Shark Diving
2) Hiking the Mountains in the area
3) Touring wine country

Zambia/Zimbabwe:
1) Victoria Falls
2) Hiking/repelling/gorge swinging
3) Visiting an elephant sanctuary

And finally – safari in Northeast South Africa. It’s going to be an amazing trip and we are both looking forward to the adventures. I’m very fortunate to have married my best friend and travel companion for life!

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4 thoughts on “Palace of Versailles (Paris, France)

  1. Your upcoming adventures sound wonderful! I hope you’ll be able to find a few minutes here and there to share your reports from the road. In the meantime, I’m dying of curiosity about your Versailles photo (which is gorgeous, BTW): At what unholy time of the morning did you have to get up to capture it empty like that? 🙂

  2. I think we will have the time I’m just not sure about the infrastructure/wifi at the various hotels that we are staying at. This picture took a fair amount patience because it is was actually at the end of the day – closing time – and I just set the camera up on the tripod and stood there waiting for clear shots in the various corners. I layered three or four pictures on top of one another and painted in the ‘clean’ areas from each to get the people out. It is a trick that Scott Kelby showed in his Paris Photography Travel course.

  3. Dear Justin,

    never jugde by aspect. Versailles has not been built by a king trying to bankrupt his country. Versailles had been built by the whole French nation and for the French. Every Subject of Old France participated in it as well people had been proud of this glorious construction. If you read history, (it’s defenetely should be done to get at least a bit of sense in the real state of affairs), you will be suprised to learn that for constructing of Paris you admire so much, which had been fulfilled by the same king, much more money had been spent.

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