Lillian : Versailles of course is famous for ... the Palace.
Audrey : Weally enormous and full of tourists - even first thing in the morning!
Lillian : Well, we were tourists too ...
Lillian : It says on this building 'A Toutes Les Gloires de la France' – 'To all the glories of France'
Audrey : And glorious it is!
Audrey : There is the Sun - and here is the Sun King!
Lillian : I think that was Louis XIV - though it might have been someone else.
Audrey : He seems to be wearing a skirt and shaving his legs with a big knife - very stwange! There is no accounting for those Louis! This is the next one, Louis XV - also wearing a nice little frock.
Audrey : Is he the Louis who was Madame Pompadour's ahmm "fwiend" or was he the one who lost his head?
Lillian : The former. Louis No: 15 was king for a very long time, he was only 5yrs old when his great-grandfather died.Audrey : Our stylist liked all the statues and paintings - for their outfits she said. Here are some Reines (Queens).
|Ermentrude de Orleans|
|Beatrix de Bourbon, Reine de Boheme|
Audrey : A close-up of her surcoat - not sure it would keep you warm but it is a pwetty idea.
Audrey : This man has impwessive curls - and a nice lace collar
Lillian : It ties on - see the tassels ...
Audrey : Now this chap is wonderfully dashing - looks like a real buckler of swashes ...
though we might have to do something about his baggy trousers!
Lillian : And his name - he was Anne Hilarion de Costentin, comte de Tourville. A naval commander who served under King Louis XIV.
Audrey : Oh dear - that's quite Hilarious tee hee ....
Lillian : Here is another swashbuckler.
Audrey : Ooo, his trousers are even baggier ... but I do like his boots with the square toes. Wonder where I could get a pair of boots like those ...
Audrey : Sounds like a good idea, although we didn't spend much time in the big palace because we wanted to explore the grounds and the Trianons.
Lillian : Still, we did get to see some of the really grand rooms.