Travel Journal: Versailles :: Modern Toile Photography

I’ve just returned from 8 days in Paris, France. We did lots of stuff. One of my favorite places we visited was Versailles. I picked up a brochure on the history of the palace. It was in French, but I’m pretty sure this is what it said:

Once upon a time, a princess came to live in a meadow of flowers. The fairies of the meadow set out to build their princess a castle, with unicorns sharing the lion’s share of the manual labor. They built her a very big chateau. One could say too big, though one would NEVER tell that to a fairy. One day the princess said, “This chateau is too big. Plus, I hate gold leafing. Build me a smaller one,” to which the fairies tut tutted under their breath about her plebian taste level, but did as she asked. This smaller domain, which was really more of a compound, had thatched roofs and a stone facade. It was so charming all the woodland creatures came to live there, until their population overran the unicorns who moved to Hogwarts, England. A radical splinter sect of displaced unicorns fueled the flames of the French revolution, which ended badly for the princess. Lesson learned: don’t upset a unicorns. They hold grudges.

True Story.

Edited to Add: It should be stated that I wrote the above paragraph at the end of a sleep-deprived psychosis. My circadian rhythms have returned to normal. My respect for the plight of the unicorns, however, still stands.

May 17, 2011 - 1:24 pm

Jason - I love France! Hope you had fun. Beautiful pictures!

May 17, 2011 - 1:34 pm

Brandy - Thank you, Jason! We loved France. It was hard to come home.

May 17, 2011 - 3:25 pm

Debi - Beautiful Brandy! Just Beautiful.

May 18, 2011 - 7:01 am

Stephanie - oh. my goodness. absolutely breathtaking! brandy, you’re so talented.

May 18, 2011 - 8:27 am

Chuchay - Thanks for the mini-tour of France! Love your images!!! :-)

May 18, 2011 - 12:14 pm

Lisa Ridgely - Brandy, these are gorgeous! The one in the middle, overlooking the gardens, is one of the most beautiful photos I’ve ever seen of anything, ever. I can’t wait to see more.

May 18, 2011 - 5:25 pm

Brandy - Thank you, Chai & Lisa. I certainly enjoyed taking these. More coming soon!

May 21, 2011 - 6:35 pm

Ally - Brandy, these pics are to die for! Wow!

May 21, 2011 - 6:59 pm

Brandy - Oh, Ally! Thanks.