Saturday 4 April
Architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart designed the Hall of Mirrors in the late 17th century. At the turn of the century, the royal chapel was constructed.
Another gorgeous statue corridor
An architect always loves intricate models
There were great 3D animation videos showing the evolution of Versailles. Many can be watched here:
Poor kid getting posed by the statues
Upper level hall outside the Royal Chapel
The gold gilded doors to the Royal Chapel
Royal Chapel from upper level
The painted ceilings of every room in the kings chambers were astounding! With the curved ceilings, the corners had to be extremely difficult.
Hall outside the Hall of Mirrors
Those cuties checking out the gardens for the Chateau windows
Hall of Mirrors
Joe and Brooklyn in the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles
Jackie and Brooklyn in the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles
Arched window wall of the Hall of Mirrors looking out onto the gardens
Matching arched mirror wall in the Hall of Mirrors
Hall of Mirrors
Yet another grand room
Intricate gold candelabra light fixture
Another gorgeous ceiling
More painted mural ceilings with gold
Daddy posin’ with his sweet girl
Intricate coffered ceiling
Finally we walked through the Gallery of Battles, which is a museum of the history of France.
Joe tried to return our ‘audioguide’ as we waited to retrieve our backpack
Jackie had said that the gardens were free, but we learned that today and on a few other days that when they had the fountain show, the entrance fee was €9. After Jackie explained how she studied these manicured gardens dotted with statues & fountains in architecture school, we decided to pay the fee to see them. They were laid out by Andre Le Notre. They were the model of the formal French garden.
Versailles Chateau, with the Hall of Mirrors on the middle columned floor
Joe says: “This crazy woman kept following Brooklyn and me. Then photo bombs all of our selfies.”
Colonnade Grove, a curved colonnade of water fountains
Fountain of Apollo’s Chariot
The Grand Canal, Versailles Little Venice
We debated for awhile where to sit and possibly have a coffee while Jackie nursed Brooklyn. By the time we decided, we discovered Brooklyn was asleep in the backpack.
We decided to walk more of the gardens while Brooklyn slept
We saw the Ballroom which probably looked amazing with the water cascading down the stepped fountains.
There was such intricate detailing in the symmetrical planting beds, topiaries and flower arrangements in the South Parterre.
Brooklyn was still passed out in the Versailles gardens.
We saw the Orangerie from the South Parterre.
The North Parterre
Joe and Brooklyn in the backpack walking in the Versailles gardens
The Pyramid Fountain
The Dragon Fountain
Three Fountains Grove
The wind was starting to feel rather cold and we still needed to wait an hour for the next 3pm water fountain show. We decided to head back to our Paris apartment and take it easy the rest of the night.
Brooklyn trying on mom’s hat back at the apartment
Our view of the Eiffel Tower from our apartment
Sunday 5 April
We got to Notre Dame around 10am and took a walk around the exterior.
Pont de l'Archevêché, love padlocks on bridge
Family selfie outside of Notre Dame
While we waited for the 11:30 international mass at Notre Dame, we checked out around the edges of the cathedral interior while there was a French mass going on.
Notre Dame side aisle
Notre Dame nave from the side aisle
Notre Dame south transept rose window
Notre Dame Cathedral holds 10,000 people. It felt pretty close to that Easter morning.
Notre Dame Cathedral model
The stain glass windows in the choir side chapels
Notre Dame north transept rose window
The Eucharistic consecration at the ongoing mass
Notre Dame choir
Notre Dame organ
Rose window above the Notre Dame organ
Notre Dame candelabra
The waiting area for those attending the next mass was the right in the middle of the nave by the doors where everyone needed to exit. We took our chances and snuck in through some side aisle barriers to get a good seat/pew once the other mass let out.
Brooklyn had gotten real fussy during mass so Joe took her to rock her to sleep in the side aisles. Too many people found her too cute and she was completely distracted. He was finally successful but that didn’t stop people from wanting to take her picture.
After mass we walked across the pedestrian bridge Pont St Louis and down Rue St. Louis-en-l'Ile. We ate a crepe lunch at Le Sarrasin Et Le Froment. We had one sweet and one savory crepe.
Jackie couldn’t resist stopping right afterward at the famous family owned Berthillon ice cream parlor, even though we just ate and it was cold out.
Jackie beneath the Art Nouveau Cite Metro sign
Happy girl cruising the Parisian streets with her parents on Easter
The Seine River and the Eiffel Tower in the distance
We made it to the Louvre
Part of the U-shaped 16th century palace, Europe’s greatest museum, the Louvre
The Louvre entry
The Louvre from beneath the pyramid
Joe and Brooklyn at the Louvre
Spiral stair at the Louvre entry