March 4, 2010

Versailles, Paris France....

This is one of my favorite shots from the whole trip
Verasilles, grounds.




To my relief it was decided that the shoot would be at Versailles.  It felt like a long metro ride to the palace, but maybe it was because we got a late start......and maybe because I was just worried about the light.  We had been in and out of rain all week so I wasn't sure what the conditions in the graden would be.  We arrived under looming clouds and limited time, but from the first step off the train I was awe struck.
As beautiful as I imagined the grounds would be, it was breathtaking.  As big as I thought it would be, it was BIGGER.  As far as I thought I had to walk...., we walked farther.
My initial reaction to the palace...and maybe to Paris in general is the grand display of man's power over nature.  I've seen many a God made beauty, but never anything like Paris.  I found it hard to wrap my mind around the fact that man could create such intricate beauty.  
Secondly,  I couldn't imagine the type of wealth it took to build Versailles, and most of Paris..... I can't imagine our times tolerating such excess.   It's such a different world.
Unfortunately we were visiting in the winter, so the many statues were covered, and the gardens weren't in bloom.  It was still the most beautiful place I have ever seen.
We shot down at Marie Antoinette's summer cottage, just as it was closing.  And....JUST as I was gettting warmed up with the shoot...we came out to a locked gate.   After walking down to the cottage a few miles, we had to walk out of the gardens a few MORE miles...then back up to the front gates to meet the rest of our party, a few more miles.  It started raining, and for the record,  it's real hard to walk on stone pavement.  I swear it was about 7 miles....giving us a daily total of 20 miles.  I'm not joking.  I felt like a pioneer.  More images tomorrow!




4 comments:

neeyah said...

Ahhhh, Versailles, enough said...

ayumi said...

Beautiful! Can't wait to see/read more!

The Sweet Escape said...

I can't wait to see bridges!

Ana Moleni Fonua said...

WOW!!! Amazing! But it was alll worth it right Omi :) Can't wait to visit Versailles one day. I Love the pictures, and excellent job with Mel's pictures, she is gorgeous.