Versailles by Night
The last evening of our last night in Paris and we were on the RER train again for our second and evening visit to Versailles.We’d packed our wet weather gear as well as dinner in the form of bread rolls and a bottle of wine (heavily disguised) and just as well we did on both counts.
We arrived in the early evening and wandered the grounds enjoying both the views of the garden in the gloaming and the fire and water works of each of the groves and fountains.
The rain held of (mostly) but when a shower came through we’d press ourselves against the high hedges to shelter from the worst then move on when the rain eased away. Somehow that made the evening even more fun.
Looking across the ornamental ponds at the palace’s garden facade there’s a slightly Venetian feel to the palace, with its Italianate roof and balustrade.
The fountain of Daybreak at nightfall, the sculpture is Houzeau’s Fighting Animals: Bloodhound Killing a Stag.
Looking down the Tapis Vert to the Apollo fountains at the head of the Grand Canal.
Apollo in his chariot of gilded lead with the fountains dancing in time to the music.
The Obelisk fountain, which (I think) is named because of the shape of the fountain…
And, up in the sky, fireworks at the end. Then it was home to Montmartre for a very early start to catch the TGV to Nice.