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Date archives August 2012

Food / France / Writing

Angelina at Versailles

Angelina is an old-fashioned Parisian tea salon and according to numerous sources, it serves the best hot chocolate in Paris. From a tiring day of walking at The Louvre, Tuileries, and Place de la Concorde, we walked the stretch of Rue de Rivoli only to find the place closed. Luckily, Angelina is also at Chateau de Versailles and we had no problems finding it this time around.

I am a coffee person and I do not usually care for hot chocolate, but this luscious pot of chocolat l’Africain really is something. Chocolat l’Africain with creme Chantilly, good for two people.

A’s chestnut cream cake called the Montblanc– meringue, whipped cream, and creme chantilly filling with chestnut cream.
Montblanc

My millefeuille, layers of puff pastry with custard / pastry cream.
Millefeuille
Millefeuille

Millefeuille literally translates to a thousand sheets, and it indeed has so many flaky layers.
so flaky

Angelina
Pavillon d’Orleans
Chateau de Versailles
78000 Versailles, France

France / Writing

the grandeur of Chateau de Versailles

We did not have a good start to this day, woke up later than we planned and ended up reaching Versailles at almost noon. It was a 20-kilometer trip via the suburban RER (RER C, around €6,20 round trip).

The size of the chateau grounds is indeed daunting, and we did not dare and attempt to see most of everything. Apart from the massive chateau, the gardens are more than 100 hectares. There are also canals, the Grand Trianon, Marie-Antoinette’s estate, several statues, Orangerie, colonnades, the French Pavillion.

Walking to the palace entrance, to the royal Gate. 260 feet long adorned with 100,000 gold leaves.
entrance to Chateau de Versailles

If you plan to visit, either come very early or late, round closing time. If you don’t then you most probably have to endure this. Truth be told, the waiting time is not ridiculously long, the line is relatively fast moving, but seeing this queue… it probably is the longest queue I ever had to be on.

the long queue at Versailles

Some other snaps while waiting

A toutes les gloires de la France

Finally in! Palace courtyard.

Versailles grounds

the Sun King Louis XIV and Marie-Antoinette’s portraits
Louis and Marie-Antoinette

The Royal Chapel and one of the displays in the throne exhibition
Royal Chapel and the throne exhibition

La Grand Galerie, Hall of Mirrors
La Grande Galerie at Versailles

Versailles probably set the standard of court life in those days. The extravagance is ridiculous, and even visible to the public eye. In the days of the Ancien Régime, peasants were free to enter the premises and gawk at the nobles. Even dining became such a spectacle, as commoners are allowed to watch the royals eat, several cloches of fine French food lay at their table while the peasants had barely anything to eat.

The King’s and Queen’s Chambers
The King's chambers at Versailles

The Queen's chambers

Versailles is a huge complex, and we only visited the main palace. Here is one area from the lovely gardens.
Versailles gardens