Having spent so many days now at Versailles, I actually thought I'd seen it all. But when my new South African friends at the Cité asked me to go with them on Saturday night to see the fireworks at Versailles, I'm glad I said yes. At 23 euros (over $30) a pop, it should be good.
There must have been 10's of thousands of people there that night...literally. It was one of the few really beautiful evenings of my trip with perfect temperatures and clear skies.
The event was more than a little over the top, but it was actually rather amazing. The fountains were not only running--which makes all the difference in the world in terms of experiencing the gardens--they were in constant motion, lit with wild changing colors, some smoked with fog from dry ice, lasers created erie effects, gas powered flames shot into the sky so hot that you could roast
|The garden facade faces west, which literally glows in the late afternoon light...|
appropriate for Louis XIV who was the Sun King.
Taking the train then the Metro back late, we didn't get back home till after 1am. But it was well worth it...I even saw some fountains running that I had never seen before...quite the spectacle!