We toured the king's private apartments and the chapel. The tour started in the room where the king's dogs slept, so we were off on a good foot. We saw the private library, the private bedroom (where the XVI actually had all the trubs), the king's personal desk, the game room, and the toilet rooms. Having read Antonia Fraser's biography of Marie Antoinette and now that I am currently reading Nancy Mitford's take on Madame de Pompadour, I was pretty thrilled to see where the shizz actually went down, as it were. I was also thrilled to be away from the frenzy of tourists in the public areas. (If I wanted that kind of madness I'd go to see the Mona Lisa at the Louvre, thank you very much.) There were spots where the tour of the private areas nearly intersected with the public areas full of hoi polloi; I sighed and thanked the stars I was on the right side of the rope.
After our tour, we had a lackluster lunch outside. Let me clarify, the food was lackluster. The outside ambiance was great. The ladies I was with decided they didn't want to see the Grand or the Petite Trianon and thankfully I had already seen them so there was no protesting on my part (though I wouldn't have minded seeing what the animals were up to), and we were off.
until this technological wonder was installed.
here, so I'll just tell you that it was built by Louis XIV and is dedicated to Saint Louis (King Louis IX).