Posts tagged ‘bastille day’

July 14, 2011

It’s Bastille Day and Versailles celebrates

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Colossal and beautiful Versailles Palace. (Julia Pelish photo)

[Published in the Toronto Star on Bastille Day, 2011. I visited the Palace of Versailles for the first time in May and came away with a clear understanding of why there was a revolution!]

VERSAILLES, FRANCE — When Louis XIV built the Palace of Versailles he said he wanted it to be the envy of Europe. The man who believed he had divine right managed to outdo himself. He horded wealth, talent and labour to construct one of the most spectacularly grotesque displays of lavishness humanity’s ever known.

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