“When a Frenchman reads of the garden of Eden, I do not doubt but he concludes it was something approaching to that of Versailles, with clipped hedges, berceaus, and trellis work.”
– Horace Walpole
My beloved audience,
As much as you would like to go on and on and on about so many exquisite locations to visit around the world, the highlight of them all in regards to decadent opulence and gold is the fabulous Palais de Versailles, Château or whatever you want to name it – the crown jewel of France – Heaven on Earth. Dripping with gilt and marble, the colossal palace was the singular vision of Louis XIV, the almighty Sun King, whose lavish, lusty lifestyle mirrored his global ambition for France in the 17th century. It is one of the most distinguished palaces that enchanted my thirst for Beauty, Myth and Glory with an impressive story to tell – claimed and acclaimed an UNESCO World Heritage Site (1979) – a place of legend and lore which will never cease to impress millions of tourists yearly with its pompous and luxurious style. All that glitters is gold.
“To the public imagination, Versailles is the epitome of opulence,” said Louise Boisen Schmidt, a Denmark-based writer at This is Versailles. “It represents an age in French history of both France’s rise as a fashion and power center as well as the dramatic — and bloody — decline of the monarchy.”