Versailles Local Customs

  • hotel de la chancellerie now conservatoire
    hotel de la chancellerie now...
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  • entrance to garden center at Gally
    entrance to garden center at Gally
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  • memorial to fallen by hotel de ville
    memorial to fallen by hotel de ville
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    Cimetiére des Gonards, Cementary of Gonards

    by gwened Updated Sep 5, 2014

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    Not too much around them !! but there are of interests to many so just to tell you there is a big one in Versailles; the cementery of Gonards, located at 19 rue de la Porte de Buc almost on the limits with the town of Buc. Tel contact for info +33 ( 0) 1 39 50 24 58.

    From the castle museum follow avenue de Paris and turn right at Rue des Etats Généraux, same road becomes rue des Chantiers (towards train station of same name) past the station on the next road right to rue de la Porte de Buc, the cementary is on your left hand side.

    Open Mondays to Saturdays from 9h-12h and 14h-18h. the cementery was open in 1879 and its big with 130 000 M2! and over 12 000 tombs.

    You can see the tombs of the chapelle Devos-Logie and Mirand-Devos created by architect Hector Guimard in 1894. It has a section for military tombs with 534 of German soldiers from the two WW , marked by a block of marbre in rose. On the upper section of the cementery there is a section for North Africa as well as a section on Israelis on the South and West L section. Another section is reserved for those found guilty to be executed.

    Some of the personalities here are
    Louise Bryant, (1885-1936), American newspapewoman and actress
    Marc Allégret, (1900-1973), director
    Louis Bernard, (1864-1955), division General
    Louis Blériot, (1872-1936), aviator
    Pierre-Napoléon Bonaparte (1815-1881),Prince Bonaparte, of the family.
    Louis Cartier, (1875-1942), jewerly maker and Watch maker
    Louis-François Cartier, (1819-1904), Watch maker
    Hélène Dieudonné ( 1884-1980 ) actress
    Gabriel Monod (1844-1912), historian
    Gabriel de Yturri (1864-1905) and Robert de Montesquiou-Fézensac (1855-1921), poets
    Armand Renaud (1836-1895), poet
    Georges Saillard ( 1877-1967 ) actor
    Edith Wharton (1862-1937), letter writer ,American

    The link in resources in French talk more and with pictures, that can research other cementaries in France as well.

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    Religious orders and life at Versailles

    by gwened Written May 10, 2014

    Still Royal and Religious in sentiment, open to the world ,this is Versailles a town for the glory of France. My home for almost 10 glorious years.

    Its a private place, but willing to talk to you their history and belief and opportunity to enter their world and see the gardens. It is located at 10 Rue de la Porte de Buc, Versailles. Office hours are Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays from 8h30 - 12h15 -14h to 17h50. Wednesdays after 17h50 and Thursdays from : 8h30 - 12h15 14h - 17h50 - Holy feast by 20h
    Saturdays from 8h30 - 12h15 and 17h50 - 20h30, and Sundays from 8h - 11h30 14h-17h50
    You can ride to Chantiers train station and then walk right along rue des chantiers and right at Rue du Buc.
    A bit of history,
    The history of community religious life in the Reformation churches dates back to the 19C which saw the development of the houses of Deaconesses it is in 1836, in Germany that takes place the first Foundation, at the initiative of the pastor Théodore Fliedner. The community of Deaconesses de Reuilly was the 4 °, followed by Strasbourg, and that of Saint Loup in French-speaking Switzerland. Two points in common to these foundations:
    -their name which refers clearly to the New Testament (letter to the Romans c. 16, v. 1) and the early Church
    -the social institutions which they have to include their prayer and their service.

    The community of Deaconesses of Reuilly is founded in 1841, Paris, by Pastor Antoine Vermeil and by Caroline Malvesin. Before the State of a divided Protestantism, their desire was to restore religious orders so that they become leaven of unity in the Church, by their inner life of obedience and mutual submission. "Watch and pray" is the watchword that Caroline Malvesin gives to the nascent community

    The community now has 64 devoted sisters and a sister who has made temporary commitments. By their ecclesial origins, the Sisters of the Community reflect the diversity of Protestantism: reformed, Lutheran, Baptist, mennonite, Salvation Army... By his way of life and by its commitments, the community draws on this monastic spirituality to the origins of the Church.
    Personal and common prayer meditation of the word of God, the shared table, fraternal life of work and service are expressions that melt and renew the consecration to God.

    more of them in France,
    http://www.oidr.org/etablissements.php

    another type of visit to France.

    Maison des Diaconesses back arriving Maison des Diaconesses Versailles
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    Christmas in Versailles

    by gwened Written Mar 21, 2014

    getting some of my old pictures out, and this one is from our old home in Versailles. Christmas time is always special and for my family its the tops.

    We prepare everything from scratch here, and shop at the wonderfully fresh marché notre dame nearby.

    We either do it here or visit our relatives east of Paris; and north at Cambrai, or South by Gaillac.

    Christmas at Versailles
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    Conservatoire de Versailles

    by gwened Written Dec 8, 2013

    a wonderful historical building and now housing the conservatory of music of Versailles.
    24 Rue de la Chancellerie, 78000 Versailles

    All major events such as music, and dance as well as training of future stars are held here now. The building used to be the Hôtel de la chancellerie, home to the Chancellor of France, keeper of the seal

    Since 1953 is the academy of music and more. You can arrange visits by calling them or thru the tourist office.

    hotel de la chancellerie now conservatoire plaque on history of hotel de la chancellerie
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    Grandes Eaux de Versailles

    by gwened Written Oct 3, 2013

    These are becoming part of the city life, not only for visitors but locals alike; the Grandes eaux musicales and nocturnes are wonderful.

    The Domaine of Versailles, from its inception, has numerous basins, fountains and water jets. King Louis XIV attached great importance to the games of water expected to sublimate its splendor. With still more fountains and jets, the domaine l count up to 1400 , water supply will be increasingly important. The supply will be a constant concern at the beginning of the development of the gardens as the site chosen to Versailles is a swampy area far from any significant source of living water. Therefore major hydraulic works for fetching water always more far, work that will be ever sufficient. At the end of the reign of Louis XIV water jets consume 6 300 m3 per hour. The development of the Domaine and work for its water supply will represent one-third of the total cost of construction of the Palace of Versailles.

    So there are hundreds of meters of underground channels underneath the gardens you visit and were last open to the public in 2009. Everything you need to know its in English at the official site of the Chateau in resources.All happening from April to October each year. The musical shows is from March to october here
    http://www.chateauversailles-spectacles.fr/en/spectacles/2013/musical-fountains-show

    and the night time musical is from June to September
    http://www.chateauversailles-spectacles.fr/en/spectacles/2013/fountains-night-show

    I know I should have taken more photos but when you live here its a natural, now that i have move out, will need to come back as a visitor to take the photos for VT ::)

    grandes eaux at les bosquet des trois fontaines the grandes eaux nocturne
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    Easter and ferme de Gally

    by gwened Written Apr 7, 2013

    This is now a farm, with a huge garden, and small petting animal farm, as well as a gardeners store with local products such as honeys, jellies ,cheeses,etc.

    Every year there is a huge egg hunt here for Easter,and the laberinth of the farm becoming humming with little rabbits chasing and some older rabbits directing ::) It is fun for the entire family

    the address is at
    Route de Bailly ( road D7)
    78210 Saint-Cyr l'Ecole
    hours for the store are every day from 9h30 to 19h admission is free
    There is,also, a picking farm where you can do your own collect of veggies and fruits;only 500 meters from the store on the city limits of Bailly. It is on the same road just walk over past the roundabout on the road.
    it is open from mid april to november every day from 10h - 18h

    There are laberinths to participate allyear around for 6 euros adults, and on down for kiddies. There are two of corn and one of flowers,and a children playground.

    There is a nice Café inside the store, Café de Gally mixing tradition and modernity with a cozy ambiance. The products are local and from the farm as well as the pastries are all done on site. It is open every day from 10h to 18h.

    However, what most visitors don't know is that the ferme de Gally was a prieury annexed to the abbeya of Sainte-Geneviève of Paris (the city of Paris patron sainte). The oldest written story dates back to a bull of Pape Alexandre III of 1163!!!.

    In the period of 1663 to 1675, king Louis XIV, while living at the château de Versailles, took in these land known as Trianon(yes) and Musseloue, that were annexed to the abbeya of Sainte-Geneviève. The farm or ferme de Gally got in into the royal domaine as the same time as the King wanted to renovated and enlarged the areasof the park. The lands of the ferme de Gally became property of the king in 1684, while the abbey Evrard de Sainte-Geneviève sells his remaining lots.

    On February 25 , 1806, Napoléon Ier buys the domaine de Gally, after creating the conservatory of the royal domains . Therefore the ferme de Gally saw a new renovation as a agriculture domain. Especially as the royal hunting ways stop to bother the agriculture use of the lands. The ferme de Gally is a historical monument of France from 1906 as a annex of the Grand Trianon !!!

    See it its beautiful in the country at and around Versailles

    my backyard and back of chateau de Versailles! Easter hunt ready at ferme de Gally entrance to garden center at Gally
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    Monument to the fallen

    by gwened Updated Nov 19, 2012

    a magnificent monument to the fallen serving under the gendarmerie or military police corps of France in various wars, at the place de la Loi, heading into the castle at the intersection of the cities of Le Chesnay and Versailles, near me.

    whenever there is a historical date of the gendarmerie or military police corps of France in various wars , great celebrations are done here, it is imposing to say the least, and one that needs to be told in remembrance of those brave human beings who gave it all for us to have a better life
    Thanks

    city and ministry page n French
    http://www.cheminsdememoire.gouv.fr/page/affichelieu.php?idLang=fr&idLieu=1538

    There is another more common by the hotel de Ville , a very nice monument indeed created in 1924 to honor the fallen of the city

    memorial to fallen and church st Anthony padua bac mem and the church of St Anthony of Padua memorial to fallen at pl de la Loi, Versailles memorial to fallen by hotel de ville
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    Versailles is not Paris!

    by gordonilla Written Sep 25, 2011

    When we all visit Paris, we all seem to speak about the sights including Versailles. This is more than the Château, there is a thriving community and it is not Parisian!

    They have their own tourism department and an energetic, young staff. Professional and good to speak to.

    Tourism Staff

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    Talk to someone who knows ...

    by Jerelis Written Nov 6, 2008

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    I guess we all agree on this on; there is nothing more exciting than going travelling - exploring another country, experiencing a different culture, travelling around in new ways, sampling the local cuisine and chatting to the local people for a different perspective on life.

    However during our travels we learned that there is one certain thing that you should be aware of and prepared for to make sure that the trip is as easy and enjoyable as possible. We always try to see everything once we're there, but this is not always an act of responsible travelling. We always talk to the locals and we know that they have the information about just the right spots to visit and how to undertake them. It will not only enhance your experiences but also avoid any unnecessary hassles.

    For me the travel tips I have written down in this section made the most of mine travel experience and I came home in the same happy, healthy state that I left.

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    Raise Your Hand and Press with your Finger!

    by riorich55 Written Oct 17, 2008

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    OK, maybe not a local custom per se, but with all the people taking photographs of the first room you see inside the palace (the chapel) this must be some type of custom practiced by the LOCAL tourist.

    I thought later on in the day about how many hundreds of thousands of pictures must be taken here each day. And this wasn't even the busy season.

    Was she taking my picture?
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    Who Turns On the Water?

    by hquittner Updated Mar 25, 2007

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    The operation of the fountains is very simple. There are valves distributed along the paths of the water supply and a single individual is dispatched on a schedule to open or close the various valves sunk below ground. The device is similar to the one any plumber uses (or the water company) in front of your home for the same effect. He was "late" and we had to leave before the pressure-flow reached the Dragon and Neptune Fountains hence only dry pictures at those places

    The Water-Valve Man at the Neptune Basin
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    Painting

    by truus_s Updated Sep 6, 2003

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    In every room are beautifull pantings.. It is so great to see this ...When you hav time ..and it is a rainday..You can walk here a day!!

    Painting
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    The entree

    by truus_s Written Sep 6, 2003

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    Henry IV.who went hunting inthese lands,and his son ,LousXIII who had a hunting lodge built here,could never have imageined that this was the beginning of one of the most famous momnument in France

    The entree

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