Memories on 2nd Visit to Versailles, France

Saturday, November 15, 2008



(Above: This Igorot blogger amidst the thousands of fountains at the Château de Versailles)

I visited France more than a dozen times between 2001 and 2004. It was on business trips for a client which was the leader mondial de la distribution de matériel électrique (leading distributor worldwide of electrical supplies). I was the European IT application manager of their warehouse system, and I was bouncing around France, Portugal, Germany, and the UK.

One of my favorite tourist stops was Versailles, the former center of power for the kingdom of France. It is located in the western suburbs of Paris and to this day remains an important administrative and judicial center. This city is world-famous because of the Château de Versailles (Palace of Versailles). It is the biggest palace in Europe designed and built in the 17th century. Abandoned after the French revolution, the palace has undergone a series of re-construction funded by the French government and American foundations. It has been identified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The fountains and the gardens are my favorites. It would take more than a couple of days to fully tour and enjoy the grounds. My second visit to the palace was with high school friends and it was during late spring - a perfect time to fully enjoy the place as the flowers and trees are in full bloom. We saw plenty of families having picnics and going on bicycle rides.

Sharing some of the pictures from that visit:

Entrance to the château, with a statue of the Sun King… King Louie XIV
The Grand Trianon, a pink marble mansion where the king once dallied with sweet young ladies (not his wife) provides a beautiful photo opportunity for this French couple
A well trimmed garden near an artificial lake.
The flowers are all in full bloom on the right wing of the chateau.
No better way to enjoy a day of sightseeing than settling down to enjoy superb French cooking.

12 comments:

Anonymous November 15, 2008 at 11:38 AM  

Wow. Ang galing naman. Being able to visit different places in the world because of your job.

Blog-hopping here. Nice blog you have.

Tanya November 15, 2008 at 11:40 AM  

CONGRATULATIONS on winning the PINOY BLOG OF THE WEEK, and being in the HALL OF FAME. I read some of your recent blogs. Very nice. I've been to Sagada too and met some Igorot people who have been very friendly during my visit.

Kamulo November 15, 2008 at 6:01 PM  

Anonymous, 11:38AM - yes, it is a blessing to have a job that really provides for growth and opportunities. I wouldn't have been able to travel as much as I had if not for my clients / my company.

Tanya - thanks! I didn't know there were that many readers who would vote for me.

AdB November 15, 2008 at 6:38 PM  

You should have told me you were visiting. It would've been fun to meet you.

Anonymous November 16, 2008 at 1:11 AM  

I followed this link from your Friendster blog. The pictures look amazing. I want to be able to visit France someday too. You're so fortunate.

- Madelein

kamulo November 16, 2008 at 7:27 AM  

adb, we will tell you next time. but that will be a long time from now... i have very young kids. we'd like to visit france again when they are older.

anonymous / madelein, if there's a country outside your own that i'd recommend to visit, it would be france. cheers!

Jerry November 16, 2008 at 5:46 PM  

How does it feel to be a hall-of-famer? I like France too. Particularly Lyon, Nice, Monaco. Would like to go there again once I have enough saved.

Anonymous November 17, 2008 at 7:26 PM  

CONGRATULATIONS in winning the Pinoy blog of the week. Ang galing! I read some of your posts... It is nice to get to know other cultures. Wala kasing kultura sa Manila dahil puro malling lang gawa ng mga tao.

Aura November 18, 2008 at 3:32 AM  

No offense to your french cuisine taste but i still prefer our portuguese cuisine, hehehe! Mas adopted kasi filipino taste.

By the way,we used to go to a restaurant in Montijo famous for their eel fish specialty that my hubby like so much.

I have´nt been to Sagada till now but maybe this coming holiday i´ll put it in my must see list as we never went outside baguio city.

Balik ako later to check on your other post for more info about sagada.

Thanks for your comment on my blog.

Onnada November 26, 2008 at 4:07 AM  

Kamulo hi,

CONGRATULATIONS for being best blogger! ay sha dadlo sa. you are lucky for you travel around (business trips - less gastos) and have interest of exploring the countries you visit. did you like some spots in Germany? if no, next time, let me know so we can tour you around.

Manny, Manwer, Manwell November 26, 2008 at 4:48 AM  

hi,

we've been to france for the kids to see eurodisney in paris but not versailles, may be next time we will be in mainland europe we will try to visit versailles because it appears it is a nice place to visit.

by d way, you have an impressive blog! keep up the good work.

cheers,
manny

sagada igorot November 26, 2008 at 9:42 PM  

hi onnada, i will let you know when i visit germany again. i've been to frankfurt, hannover and berlin - but wasn't able to do a lot of sightseeing.

by the way, i was trying to follow your link and see if you have a blog. if so, please post a link here so i can also drop by. thanks!

- kamulo