"There are phantoms here!" my girlfriend Josée remarked. We were admiring the many impeccably decorated chambers of the revered and historical Château de Versailles, France's largest palace, and the most visited in the world. She recounted how with the demise of the Bourbon monarchy, staff slowly deserted the château with the onset of the French Revolution of 1789.
Erected in grand style principally by Louis XIVth - the Sun King, the palace's costly construction nearly drained the French treasury, with its exquisite appartements, art works, sculptures, fountains and lush gardens.
Versailles is one of France's many Renaissance treasures, as this cultural and historical travelogue takes you on journey through notable sites, including the lesser known Château Fontainebleau. It was here that Napoleon 1st made his historic farewell departure before his imprisonment at Elba, after his defeat at the Battle of Waterloo. Next, the opulent castles of the Loire River Valley are featured - Chambord, Azay-sur-Rideau, Chaumont-sur-Loire and enchanting Chenonceau, playground to France's Kings and Queens.
Rounding out this voyage back in time, is a tour through the mystical and austere abbey at Mont St Michel on the Brittany coast, and the Fête des Remparts - a massive medieval festival staged at the ancient fortress town of Dinan.
So come join in on the fun! Be enchanted and be amazed, as I take you on a visual feast of some of the most remarkable palaces and castles of France.
to be missed!