Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Winter Solitude at Versailles

Traveling to a popular tourist destination like Versailles during the winter months has a certain appeal. It allows you to enjoy its grandeur at a much more leisurely pace, and you can shoot serene photographs that magically seem to have just the right number of people in them. I like the stark beauty of the bare deciduous trees and empty flower beds during their months of hibernation.

The winter landscape provides a quieter backdrop for the artifacts that grace the grounds.

While I imagine the gardens of summer are glorious, I was taken with the architectural precision of the landscape which is laid bare at this time of year.

There's little that distracts you from admiring and appreciating the attention to detail that goes into the clipping and trimming of every tree, shrub or flower bed.

Or the quiet moments that visitors are able to enjoy during a February afternoon.

As we made our way to the Grand Trianon, a smaller palace on the grounds, the sun began to peek through the clouds.  As the light changed, and I felt the warmth of the winter sun on my face,  I imagined  how nice it might be to come back for a summer picnic...

...but we wouldn't have the place all to ourselves. C'est la vie.

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