The Palace of Versailles is a must visit on any trip to Paris. Set just outside of Paris, the lavish château was the seat of French power from 1682 until 1782, and home to figures like Louis XIV, Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.
While the dream of exploring France may not be able to be realised just yet, there is another way to experience the treasures held inside.
As a small city better known as Australia’s centre of politics, Canberra is often overlooked as a holiday destination. While small, it packs a punch if you are seeking cultural sights or culinary bites and won’t hurt the hip pocket like some of the east coasts cities.
The way that the exhibition is curated is stunning. From the grand golden gates to welcome you in through the gold gilded furniture of the palace and, finally, into the gardens. Some of the key pieces in the exhibition include Marie Antoinette’s harp, intricately carved ivory fans and a massive carpet from the Grande Galerie du Louvre circa 1682, but my favourite is the ornate 18th Century birdcage. For those bringing the children, never fear because the NGA has put together a free interactive program for them to enjoy as well in the NGA Play area.
While you are there, consider staying at one of the five Accor properties in Canberra and take advantage of their Cultural Getaway package‘s perfect for creating your own luxurious getaway, and includes express entry into the exhibition.
I wanted to share with you a snapshot of this incredible exhibition on now in Canberra until April 17. I hope you to will head to the National Gallery of Australia and experience the intricacy and opulence of Versailles.
A Look Inside ‘Versailles: Treasures from the Palace’
National Gallery of Australia
Parkes ACT 2600
Where to stay:
I stayed at – and highly recommend – the Novotel Canberra.
Accor Hotels, including the Novotel Canberra, are proud to be partners in bringing this exciting exhibition to Australia and are offering guests staying at their properties a deluxe Cultural Getaway package, which includes;
– Overnight accommodation
– a Glass of French bubbles on arrival
– Buffet breakfast for two
– 2 x tickets to Versailles: Treasures from the Palace including an audio tour package
– 10% discount at NGA shop and NGA cafe
– Souvenir Versailles tote bag
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