Versailles Express Motorcoach Trip from Eiffel Tower
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King Louis XIV was a man of enormous appetites who loved supersizing things. Take the Palace of Versailles. Originally planned by his father King Louis XIII in 1624 as a hunting lodge, Louis XIV expanded the estate with three different building sprees. Ultimately, Versailles grew to 700 rooms on a 17-acre site.
In addition, the Sun King took full advantage of all the perks and fawning that came with being the royal leader of France. That meant two ceremonies each morning honoring him doing the remarkable achievement of waking up in the morning, and one each night feting him for going to sleep, while members of the court vying for his attention.
The perks also included getting to eat whatever he wanted. During the day, the king, who lived to eat, ate a lunchtime feast ironically called le petit couvert, the little service. He dined in his bedchambers, part of the Royal Apartments that can be seen on this tour. A typical light lunch on the menu would include four types of soup, a whole stuffed pheasant, mutton, boiled eggs, and dessert.
Dinner was even grander. Le grand couvert, aka supper, started at 10 p.m. This included more pheasant, seafood, hare stew, scallops with oyster liquor, foie gras, and salmon served on a fish-shaped block of salt, with Dom Perignon as an accompanying champagne. Commoners could watch the king eat, but no talking was allowed.
For he's a jolly good Rockefeller
In the 1920s, Versailles had been neglected and had fallen on hard times. That is, until American billionaire John D. Rockefeller, Jr. visited in 1924 and offered to help, donating millions for restoration efforts. One day, the self-effacing Rockefeller visited the palace at closing time, but the guards did not recognize him and turned him away. He thanked them and returned to the hotel, not making a fuss. When the story got out, the French were impressed by his grace, and he became a beloved figure in France.
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