de Versailles :
Versailles is a prosperous, leafy suburb and home to France's
most magnificent chateau. The Chateau de Versailles was started
by Louis XIV in 1668 and grew up around Louis XIII's original
hunting lodge. It remained the seat of the royal court until
1789 when revolutionary rebels carted off Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette
to be decapitated in Paris.
Versailles is a tourist hot spot so be careful to get there
early in the morning if you actually want to see the palace.
The 70m long Hall of Mirrors is where the 1919 Treaty of Versailles
was signed, ending World War I. After the palace tour, head
for the gardens complete with marble fountains, formal gardens
and the Grand Canal which was built for Louis XIV's boating