October 26th–Palace of Versailles

I am sorry that I didn’t post a blog for the past couple of days.  We have been on the move and taking in a lot and coming back to our hotel late at night.

Friday, we spent the morning at the Palace of Versailles.  A remarkable palace built by King Louie the XIV.  It is so very opulent.  Louie XIV lived in the late 15th century and consolidated the nation in much the same way the Shogun and Emperors did in Japan. The palace is so huge that it is impossible to see it all in one day.  It was very crowded in parts of the palace but we were able to see some of the most important rooms.  King Louie the XV took over the crown and lead in much the same way as his predecessor. King Louis the XVI with Marie Antoinette isolated themselves in the palace while France rebelled. They hid out until they were overthrown and killled.

We then traveled to the lLouve where we saw the Mona Lisa, the Winged Victory and the Venus de Milo.

合掌、
Rev. J