Compare and contrast the lovely Sofia Coppola’s Marie-Antoinette and the more serious one created by Benoît Jacquot.
To us, French, Versailles is also home of lots of French bands, and among them :
Phoenix. This band has a cult following in France. I have been a fan of Phoenix since their first single, If I Ever Feel Better. Phoenix’ lead singer Thomas Mars is Sofia Coppola‘s husband and the band is the movie’s soundtrack.
The Plasticines. They gained international exposure in episode 9 season 3 of Gossip Girl with this specific song.
Anyways, some girlfriends and I have decided to spend some quality chatty time in Versailles in the winter time, when there are less tourists. Isn’t it better to walk around and take pictures without tourists photo bombing every single shot?
As usual, we wandered around with a glass of champagne in one hand, macarons in another. Oh no, this is only during summertime, when they hold the famous Eaux Musicales de Versailles with a gorgeous fountain and fireworks show. I highly recommend you attending this event if you want to visit Versailles…
… Or you can also attend some dance lessons in the Galerie des Glaces… Some professional actors and dancers bring you back Lulli’s Versailles. Last summer, there was also a summer masked ball organized in Versailles! Or even a better idea, you could crash someone’s wedding in Versailles!
Once the museum is closed, you can also organize an exclusive visit for a small group of people with a guide who can make you visit apartments usually closed to the public. I was lucky enough to be part of one exclusive tour, and it is a treat to walk on your own in the galerie des glaces without the usual crowd. During the summers, there may be 10,000 people a day at the galerie des glaces!
Versailles is a matter of national pride for the French. It is the symbol of Louis XIV’s absolute monarchy in France. It is the scene of Marie-Antoinette’s decadence. It is also one of the most peaceful and beautiful venue in the world. Fortunately for us, Versailles is not only a historical venue, it is also a place we live in, where we can take a small boat with our loved ones in the gardens or where we can picnic with friends when the sun is out and we are sick of the Champs de Mars.
To many young women, Versailles is still embodied by Marie-A.