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“This is ridiculous.” “This, Madame, is Versailles.”

Published Friday, 10 August 2012 by Sydney Sunny

My last visit for a while to Versailles was shared by my good friends. A visit to Versailles shows a few new things every time. It is as though Versailles has secrets. The place is constantly being filled with different information, the massive gardens are ever changing with the seasons, across the way the Petit Trianon hides behind the garden side, and more fields and garden hides behind her. Easily one could spend a life time at Versailles.

Dark clouds loomed over Varsailles but the day grew brighter the longer we stayed.

Marine and I arrived by the wonderful RER, and Karima, by bus. We where not the early birds at the palace. The line was so terribly long at the doors to the palace. So, we decided to walk around in the gardens first and have a picnic by the lake. The garden’s main avenue is often full of people, but the said  paths are wonderful to wonder along. A new fountain or statue will always appear.

It was really, really windy.

The swirls are full of flowers.

There where modern sculptures in the garden around the palace. This one was my favorite because of the swirls which mimicked the garden’s swirls.

Credit to Marine: We stood behind a small lesser known fountain, but beautiful non-the-less!

After walking around in the garden, we headed to the lake. Karima says she often comes to the Versailles gardens to have a picnic with her friends when she is in school. Part of the green way was blocked because of a miniature firing canon boat on the lake. However, we found a nice area right beside the lake. We ate our packed lunches, talked about everything, watched the swans, and laughed about nonsense.

Credit to Karima: Our little picnic blanket was wonderful to sit for our lunch time!

I thought my friends looked so beautiful this day. Their outfit were not fancy or over the top. They were effortless. They were simply enjoying their favorite clothing during the weekend on a day out with friends.

I stole a picture of Marine when she smiled at me!

I also stole a picture of Karima smiling!

After our tummies were full, we wondered back to the palace.
I’ll give you a tip: If you are 26 and under with a visa for Europe or live in Europe, you can just stand in line at the gate. You do not need to buy/ receive a ticket. This is important because it is a long line for tickets and an other long line to enter in the gates pass security. To the buy tickets go to the left. There is a boutique too. Also, the rooms are very interesting. I found an unfinished room that reminds me of the horror that happen to the royal family.

“I’m just saying good-bye.”

The palace had a wonderful display of the history of Versailles. I wish there was a book I could have bought to read later with this exposition. There were old paintings of Versailles palace that I imagine the rich looked at to design there own chateaus. There were nice miniature displays of the different periods of Versailles. My favorite was a display of the Opera and I think, also, Marie Antoinette bedroom.

And of course, the wonderful palace is always there. I love the beginning with the long stone halls before the rich rooms. The halls are lined with kings or important men. The black and white floor is playful to the eye. And, I love large windows that cast a magical light.

Karima posing front of the large windows.

Once I enter the luxurious rooms, I forget about every thing. I am overwhelmed by the details of the walls, ceiling, furniture, paintings, frames, and colors. I love to look up at the ceilings at Greek myths and almost fall into the sky of blue and gold. The wallpaper shines with all the crystals.

Looking up to find the fleur de lys, paintings of war, justice, and hope.

Details of the luxuriousness of a Versailles room. Luxuriousness is all in the details.

I love chandeliers, and Versailles is a dreamland of chandeliers.

My favorite room is Marie Antoinette’s bedroom. It is stunning!

The mirrors in Marie Antoinette’s room has an infinity of chandeliers!

Here is another tip:
Don’t be the semi-early-bird. You need to arrive before it opens to be there with the least amount of people! However if you are running around or like to sleep in the morning, try arriving 2-3 hours before it closes or after lunch (after 14h/2pm). The line is not as long, but there will still be people but not as pressing!

” There are a lot of people at Versailles today. ” (Hall of Mirrors)

Versailles is not just a palace, but a museum. And, they don’t just have historical expositions. There is sometimes modern art incorporated in the scenes of the palace.
Personally, I could have the palace with no modern art in it ever! In it’s pure form. But, I understand the need to big the local French to the wonderful palace that is in their back yard more often.
When I went, the art was made by Jaona Vasconcelos. Her art was bold and interestingly crafted. The ideas were fresh and unseen by me.
Her statement:
“My work has developed around the idea that the world is an opera, and Versailles embodies the operatic and aesthetic ideal that inspires me.”
“Interpreting the dense mythology of Versailles, transporting it into the contemporary world, and evoking the presence of the important female figures that have lived here, while drawing on my identity and my experience as a Portuguese woman born in France, will certainly be the most fascinating challenge of my career.”  – from the Versailles Site

Joana Vasconcelos Versailles catalog

A pair of high heels made of cooking pots in the Hall of Mirrors.

A strange, turning sculpture made of plastic spoons contrast the elegant painted ceiling.

This sculpure is the same as the black. The two twins were at the ends of the Hall of Mirrors.

My favorite was marble(?)lions covered with lace. It is very strong  but “romantique” – like all women.

A small detail in Versailles is the writing on the mirrors. Some names dated 100 years ago! It is a horrible detail that hope doesn’t happen now, but somehow it is romantic. I wonder if these people are still alive or a relative has come to Versailles to see their Grand- something-or-another’s name.

The writing on the mirrors.

Afterwards we took pictures outside in the front. I love the front’s square with the black and white floor. It is a perfect place to take picture and would have been a stunning welcome to Versailles in the age of the Kings and Queens.
We had a wonderful, wonderful day together!!!

Marine, Karima, and I are in the front!

The golden gates are something to celebrate!

Finally, I want to talk about Lolitas and the entry into Versailles.
I have heard from word that sometimes lolitas not allowed into Versailles, and even read on Princess Sui‘s blog about it!
I have gone to Versailles 3 times in the past 6 months! I do not understand how I have slipped the fashion police!
The first time I had a pink blouse and pink jumpskirt! We were dressed up. And taking picture, but it was during low season.
The second time my friend and I twined in a one piece dress! We only went to the gardens but the workers loved our outfits! Also, Sui wasn’t allowed in the gardens in her lolita outfit!
And, I got by the third time in my most casual outfit!

Tips to get into Versailles*:
Don’t wear a huge bow –wear simple hair bows or put them on later
Don’t wear a big wig –  go natural or if you must wear a natural looking wig
Don’t wear sweet prints –wear a darker print or classical print
Don’t go crazy with makeup- wear natural makeup! *you are beautiful*
Don’t look like you are going to have a photo shoot – place cameras in purse
(they don’t want you clogging the halls/ rooms. And you need to pay for that, silly.)
Don’t act silly – be normal.
If you are nervous, take extra clothing. Better to see Versailles, if it is your only chance, then to have to skip it!
You will not be able to look like Marie Antoinette! It is the same idea with Disney and how you cannot look like a princess or Disney* character.
*Also, this works for Disney.

My casual lolita is something I wear daily when I go out. This is  my most casual outfit at Versailles!

My outfit:
T-shirt, Jacket, Skirt, Socks, Key Necklace, Folding Umbrella: Baby, the Stars Shine Bright
Purse: Juicy Couture
Bear Face Pouch: Angelic Pretty
Pink Flower Clips: H&M
Mary Jane Shoes: Clarks (*RIP*)

Marine:
Print Skirt, Blouse, Socks: Baby, the Stars Shine Bright
Heart Purse: Angelic Pretty

Karima:
Jumpskirt, Hair bow: Alice and the Pirates
Tote Bag: Baby, the Stars Shine Bright

So, see, you can get in Versailles in Lolita!

Thank you friends, for a wonderful day!

My next posts will very exciting! Till then

Visit Totoro’s Adventures! He has many tales of Versailles and MORE!

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Parc des Buttes Chaumont and Goodbyes

Published Thursday, 28 June 2012 by Sydney Sunny

After the picnic in one park, Marine and Nicolas took me to another park to have a picnic! In such great weather everyone loves picnics in the shade after a long winter. This time we met with my friends again, Yumi and Karima. They all are my sweet precious friends!

We walked into the park and it was another forest like park- not sand paths and perfect grass and flowers. I always remember my lost love of the shade from trees. I am love the shade of trees and how the light dances between the leaves.

Walking in the shade on a warm day in a park is a favorite and simple favorite thing I like to do.

The “Parc des Buttes Chaumont” is in the area of the “Gare du Nord” , “Gard de l’Est” and “Basilique du Sacre Coeur”. It is up in this northern part of Paris pf district 19. There is not much tourist things to see in 19, so it was nice to be among the locals. There were children playing in the creek, mothers with babies, the young tanning, and the old strolling.

The bridge to the  little island with the little mountain.

I love this park. Also, there is a mountain! Well, not really, but like the Sacre Coeur it has a great free view of the romantic city of Paris. The view is on top of a steep tiny island with a mountain. On top sits a Greek style building to look from. I prefer this park to Sacre Coeur. I am often nervous in Sacre Coeur and hate the people there.

The Greek structure

 

The view of Paris- a little different then the normal view everyone thinks of, but this is Paris too!

Finally, we ate. After we walking in the grass and found the shade, we made a place to sit. I had a typical French sandwich. It is wonderful. It is simple too. It was about half a baguette with cheese and a tomato. This sandwich is a over priced golden tourist trap. Please, go to a Carrefour Market or a place to buy food. a Bagette is less then or around a 1Euro and the cheese is not expensive. Pick up anything else. You can just break the bread for lunch and have it with cheese. It is a wonderful to-go, picnic, and cheap lunch. You can save a little money but still have a nice French-y lunch!

A view of the picnics

 

We finished eating and packed our things because we were having dessert elsewhere.
At Baby, the Stars Shine Bright there was a party for Megu, a friend and worker, who was leaving to return home to Japan.

Megu at Baby

Praise to Megu time: I love Megu, and I am so happy to have become her friend over time. She is so sweet and beautiful. I never met someone who was so open and kind to me. Her sense of style and makeup inspires me to be like her! She is like a living doll!

The fabulous food

Anyways, Megu’s party was very large. There was food and drinks for everyone! I ate quite a lot, because of the chocolate pie and cheesecake. Never in my life have I tasted food like here in France.

The open doors at Baby!

 

The group of Megu’s friends

I talked with different people and looked around at everyone’s great outfits. In the end I felt that I could not go. I just couldn’t leave. Megu was a great friend, and I didn’t want to turn my back on her. I said goodbye to a dear friend in December and walking away from the train station was so hard. My legs again turned to lead. But, Megu say we will see each other again. I gave her a big hug. I pray that our lives will cross again.

Me,Megu, and Claire standing together. Megu is standing on the stairs in her high heel to be taller then me in my flats on the ground. Is she taller?

 

My tears came a little on the train. It was a brief overwhelming but controlled tear up. I was entering my last month in France, June, and I was sad. I have so many friends to say goodbye to when I leave. Yet, that is why I didn’t cry, I have so many friends.

Spring in Versailles’ Garden

Published Thursday, 31 May 2012 by Sydney Sunny

I took a long time to start writing this adventure because, not only my heart post, but this was my last adventure with Stephanie, just her and I. Now, I cannot imagine Versailles or Paris with out her. She and I met at the Baby Tea Party, but our friendship sparked quickly. She and I stayed up to 3 am just talking. We never shut up together. I am going to miss her!
Anyway, sorry for the sad start to this adventure! Because, this day had the most adventures!

On a Sunday, Stephanie and I went to Versailles. We thought going on a Sunday would help with the crowds, but it was so very crowded. I was overwhelmed. Only in February, there was a light crowd. We never waited in a line and roamed the palace and garden freely.

We only wanted to go to the gardens, so the line was very small.
In the Garden as we moved away from the palace, the garden became more bearable. Many paths on the side were empty with a few people wander around.

The reason I went back to Versailles is because I am love with the romantic Rococo atmosphere of the palace and the spring time garden. Plus, we wanted to twin in Lolita, which means to wear the same dress on purpose. Another dream come true!  The atmosphere of the palace was not felt at all. Since, it was covered with tourist at the time. But, I loved the bright green, lush grass, full flowers, and spring trees in the garden.
We also viewed the Musical Fountains. We sat there for 3 rounds! We started laughing, and romantically viewing the water dance.  One could believe we were part of Marie Antoinette with our frilly dresses.

 

By the way our dress, We are both wearing Baby, the Stars Shine Bright’s Dessert one piece, my favorite. I have the older version in pink, and she has the newest version in lavender. Girls from China (I think) spotted us and said, “Lolita?” The girls said that they wore lolita dresses too! She took pictures with us and in exchange they took a picture for us.

The morning started to turn to a dark gray noon. The clouds became heavy and the wind cold. I felt a storm. Stephanie took me to her favorite place. It is just to the left of the palace. There is a view of a garden of swirls and  a lake behind it. Stephanie said it was her favorite part.

The rain began to fall. Then we went into one of the many side doors in search of a bathroom. The bathroom we found had one toilet. I am sorry, but every situation I have been in here in France there has been a lack of respect for toilets. It was not fun, but I looked outside and the rain was pouring! I was happy to wait for the rain to stop.
We found this interesting room. The room was covered with wild black and white wallpaper and had a modern chandler.

Soon, we left. But our day was nothing but over!
Next stop DISNEY PARIS!

Giverny: Monet’s House and Gardens

Published Saturday, 5 May 2012 by Sydney Sunny

Once I arrived in Giverny, I felt like walking in a painting. Colorful flowers were scattered around as if a crystal was reflecting rainbows. Marine, Yumi, and I swum in the colors. We weaved in and out of other people taking pictures of the flowers, smiling, and twirling in our dresses.

Monet’s House

And we were not even in Monet’s personal garden or house yet. The gardens made Monet’s paintings clear. His inspiration came to life. The reality that the fairy tales of the reflective Lily Pond and green bridge was real took my breath away. The the colors, reflection, and flowers mixed together just like Monet’s palette.

Monet thought of his garden when he traveled. He wrote Alice many letters in concern of his garden. He was like most artist of the time; Monet went to Paris in his youth to start his career, but he was more in love with nature. In nature he returned. I feel the same. I have a deep love for Paris but I have nature on my mind all the time.

Step up to Monet’s home

Willow’s reflections

Although, walking in a fairy land was great and wonderful. Yet, the magic was my friends. Being with my friends was magic. The only magic I need to keep in my life. Friendship has become more and more special as I’ve been in France. Friendship with new and old friends have became gold. I went to give all my love to people I love. I want to give so much because I don’t know how much longer I use my arms to hug them. By this I mean, I might be limited to letters and facebook. Nothing is like seeing a friend move and smile with you. Magic.

Magic Friendship / Credit to Marine

Red Red Red/ Credit to Marine

Sweet Yumi

Marvelous Marine

Jump! // credit to Marine

I thought I would introduce a new blog about the totoro I am holding. It is called Totoro’s Adventure. Please take a look.

Silly Sydney / Credit to Marine

And thank you Mme Patricia for taking us to Giverny!

Many more posts to come! Thank you for looking!

Monet’s Color Palette

Published Friday, 4 May 2012 by Sydney Sunny

Marine and Mme Patricia took Yumi and me to spend the afternoon at Monet’s house in Ginverny.  Monet’s canvases came to life. It was like stepping into his paintings. I felt his inspiration from nature, colors, light, and reflection.

Here is a peek at Monet’s color palette in the garden and village:

pink // rose

red // rouge

orange // orange

yellow // jaune

green / vert

blue // bleu

purple // violet

 

Much more to come! This was just a peek!

Thanks for looking!

Fancy Princesses at the Palace of Versailles

Published Tuesday, 27 March 2012 by Sydney Sunny

As I mentioned in my last post about the Tea Party, I made some friends, and we planed an adventure! Our adventure planned over sweets and tea caught us all in the moment of high excitement. We planned to go to Versailles. This was not to be a “normal” plain old trip to see a palace. No! Instead, we wanted to be the princesses of this palace. Thus, our plan to go to Versailles in frills and lace was set.

Versailles' glory

I left Amiens very early to get to Paris at 8. The trains have been recently arriving 10 – 20 minutes late, and I wanted to be sure to be on time. I was a bit nervous to go to Versailles alone, but it was really easy. My tips for going to Versailles is to buy you tickets at the Metro you plan to leave and return. I bought my tickets at Gare de Nord. This one ticket was my Metro ticket to St. Michel, and the RER line C to Versailles. I believe most tourist believe the RER tickets are bought at the RER stations, but this it false. Because I bought my ticket at Gare de Nord and used the metro, I think I saved a bit of money then if I took the Metro and bought my RER ticket.
I might try to do a post on the public transportation system in Paris. It is really good. But for now, I will just leave a link : here : for the Paris public transportation system. It helps for making plans. For example, it can aswer the question, “How long can I stay with my friends and still make my train?”.

I met Marine in the RER platform. She had been on vacation for a week, and she had been busy sewing and crafting! She made her bag (we found one made of the same material on sale at Versailles!), customized a cut-sew with lace, and made lace cuffs. I asked her if she could make lace cuffs for me, and she did! She did an excellent job! They are made of a embroidered flower ribbon, edged ironically with pick Rococo ruffles, bottomed with large white and pink Swiss dot lace, and finally topped of with pink bows. I love them very much! The things she gives me are so special to me!

Lolitas getting on the RER

Later Stephanie and Yumi met us on the platform, and we took the train to Versailles! Versailles is outside of Paris, but Paris has swallowed the surrounding countryside that once separated the palace. It is hard to imagine a world of royals living in Versailles Palace. Women in high wigs and outlandish wide dresses, but I guess, they never imagined tourist to come to their bedroom by the thousands- daily!

Princesses in front of Versailles.

Anyways, we had a great time. I heard later that some lolitas in the past were refused to be let into the palace. However, we had no problems. We did not have on wigs or crazy high shoes, but we where in lolita and did stand out. A lot of people wanted their picture with us because we looked like we belonged! Inside the palace is a world of rich velvet, gold, crystals, paintings, and windows. It is a true wonderland. I cannot describe the wonderful  rooms very well. Also, my friends seemed to glow -as if we had the blood of Marie Antoinette in our blood! I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.
My personal favorites are the Hall of Mirrors and Queen Marie Antoinette’s Bedroom.

Stephanie's tights and checkered floor.

Stephanie's Hall: Her Dress (BtSSB) matched perfectly. Also I am very proud of this picture.

The Chapel.

Marine's wonderful smile by the light of the huge golden windows.

Marine's room: It is one of the many red and gold rooms. This only had white, so I thought it matched her white ribbons.

The Hall of Mirrors' gold statues holding crystals and candles standing by the windows.

Me in the Hall of Mirrors!

My room: The Queen's Bedroom's floral designs is very dreamy and romantic. I am in love with it. I had on a pink jumperskirt and with hint of flowers.

Yumi's Statue: Yumi with her matching chocolate man.

After the wonderful trip inside the beast’s belly, the gardens awaited us. The gardens around the Palace is huge. I never knew just how huge the garden were. The famous fountains are just around back but beyond there is a maze of hedges hiding more fountains split by a cross shaped narrow lake.

A small hidden fountain we found.

We decided to  walk to Marie Antoinette’s secret getaway- as if we were asked to tea. We visited her stunning Petit Trianon and Le Ferm. I found the Petit Trianon as a mini fashionable Versailles. It seemed more feminine then Versailles. And the Farm was not as pretty as I hoped, because it was a gray day in February.

A room for the ladies to sit.

Yumi is with the god of love.

A gray passage way at the farm.

Yumi and Marine resting at the Farm.

At the end of the visit we walked back to the RER with our sore feet with dreams of high hair in our heads. I hope to return for a better viewing of the gardens.

My full outfit: Blouse, JSK, Underskirt, Bunny Bag, Hair clip, Umbrella(Marine's)- BtSSB // Flora tights, Fawn collar- H&M // Pink socks- Bodyline // Shoes- Secret Shop // Bow(Me), Wristcuffs(Marine)- Handmade

I have many more adventures to post! So thank you for reading and looking at the wall of pictures!

Marine’s post of our day is here.