Thursday, December 17, 2015


Angry clouds over Versailles ...

remind one of the night of 20–21 June 1791, when King Louis XVI & Marie Antoinette escaped from the palace but not from their capture and fateful deaths on the guillotines in 1793 . 
Fate works in strange ways.
Every time I visit Versailles, I am awe struck by it's beauty and grandeur, but more than that by the irony of it's history. On every visit, I make sure to visit the queen's quarters, just to have the glimpse of that secret door in her bedroom chambers, through which Marie Antoinette made her escape when the angry mob raided the palace.

When she married future king, Louis XVI of France, in April 1770, Marie Antoinette could never have imagined the terror in which she would have to leave her palace in futile efforts to save her royal life.

The Irony
The public turned against the royals for their riches. They were frustrate with the building of palaces and the luxurious lifestyles of the monarchs, while they suffered with nothing to eat.
Today, France makes money out of the same palaces and riches, built, collected and left by those royals, as tourists from all over the world come to marvel at them.

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