…to visit Venetian Versailles

Peter’s LD Lines journey was part of a tourism promotional package with Yvelines Tourism, who are responsible for the rich historic and enjoyable area of towns and countryside to the west of Paris.

The Son-Et-Lumiere at the Palace of Versailles.

The Son-Et-Lumiere at the Palace of Versailles.

The best known attraction in its area is the Palace of Versailles, but this is a very popular site and our visit on a Saturday in the peak holiday season was made rather uncomfortable by the sheer number of visitors. Much more enjoyable was the Venetian-themed evening Son-Et-Lumiere there, which involved a fantastic water-borne gondola performance with aerialist displays beneath balloons, and a spectacular musicalaccompanied fountain and fireworks finale. The next night, Peter was lucky enough to also join a masked ball in the Orangery at the Palace, where over a thousand people had taken the trouble to dress up and recreate the atmosphere of 18th century Venice! Sandrine Tondut helps organise an interesting range of great events at Versailles and kindly arranged the ticket for the Venetian ball.