June 17: Le Chateau de Versailles

Every little girl fantasizes about being whisked off to the castle with Prince Charming.  Today, we got to go see a palace fit for Prince Charming.  David was our prince today, and Anna Mae and I the princesses!

The Chateau de Versailles was probably my most awaited touring day.  The last time I was here was almost 30 years ago, and I could not wait to see it again!  Last time I didn't have time to explore the gardens or anything but the palace proper.  Today, we had THE WHOLE DAY!

Walking up to the palace, you are awash in concrete.  Not what you would expect for sure.  There was more fanfare to getting in than the last time I was here.  We all decided to start with the Jardins (the gardens).  Oh, my....

We could have spent the whole day here.  Next time, we will!  We will rent bicycles and pack lunch, and travel all over the gardens.  Today, we were in the gardens for about four hours and still saw a fraction of all there is to see.

These are but a few of the pictures that we took.  It was stunning.  Absolutely lovely...and peaceful...and tranquil...and lovely!  I think we could have spent at least another 4 hours wandering around the gardens in addition to the 4 hours we were there.  Wow!

Reminded me of Psalm 96:1-10;

"Oh, sing to the Lord a new song!
Sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, bless His name;
Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.
Declare His glory among the nations,
His wonders among all peoples.

For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised;
He is to be feared above all gods.

For all the gods of the peoples are idols,
But the Lord made the heavens.
Honor and majesty are before Him;
Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.

Give to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
Give to the Lord glory and strength.
Give to the Lord the glory due His name;
Bring an offering, and come into His courts.
Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!
Tremble before Him, all the earth.

Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns;
The world also is firmly established,
It shall not be moved;
He shall judge the peoples righteously.”

The palace and all it's glorious splendor are not even close to the glory and majesty of the Lord.  Spending the day in all the glorious splendor of the Palace of Versailles gave me a tremendous respect for the heritage and people of France.  It is gorgeous, and very well kept.  

Heaven will be that and more.  In the Palace the artwork reflected a lot of religious depictions of angels and heavenly beings.  It was wonderful and begs the question of how much the Kings and Queens praised the Lord God?  

I will leave you with a picture inside the palace.  

Today was a fabulous day...I am very thankful.