Versailles Local Customs

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    entrance to garden center at Gally
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    Christmas in Versailles

    by gwened Written Mar 21, 2014
    Christmas at Versailles

    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.

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    Conservatoire de Versailles

    by gwened Written Dec 8, 2013
    hotel de la chancellerie now conservatoire
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    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.

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    Grandes Eaux de Versailles

    by gwened Written Oct 3, 2013
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    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 ::)

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    Easter and ferme de Gally

    by gwened Written Apr 7, 2013
    my backyard and back of chateau de Versailles!
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    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

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    Monument to the fallen

    by gwened Updated Nov 19, 2012
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    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

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    Versailles is not Paris!

    by gordonilla Written Sep 25, 2011
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    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.

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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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    Was she taking my picture?

    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.

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    Who Turns On the Water?

    by hquittner Updated Mar 25, 2007

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    The Water-Valve Man at the Neptune Basin

    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

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    Painting

    by truus_s Updated Sep 6, 2003

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    Painting

    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!!

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    The entree

    by truus_s Written Sep 6, 2003

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    The entree

    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

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