|Photo taken by someone unlikely to steal my camera|
In Paris, there are signs everywhere stating that anything that is not nailed down and/or glued to your body will immediately be stolen by armies of pickpockets. At Versailles, there was even a sign saying that your camera was likely to be stolen even at the security check where they x-rayed the bags before you were allowed to enter the palace.
|Model of the huge gardens|
|There is a souvenir shop in the middle of one of the fancy palace corridors.|
Once inside, I wanted a photo with myself in it, but handing over the camera to someone was likely to result in them taking the camera and running away, according to the signs. I noticed a girl speaking Japanese nearby, and I figured Japanese people do not steal cameras (or anything except bicycles and umbrellas) I figured she would be a safe choice. I asked here in Japanese if she could take a photo for me and she said yes, of course. She was there with a friend, and she asked me to take a photo of the two of them together, using their camera, too.
|The ceilings and walls were beautifully painted|
|Bedroom of the king|
|Hall of mirrors (the party room)|
|Me in the mirror in the hall of mirrors|
|Me in the hall of mirrors|
|Me and someone who works at the same university|
Once we reached the end of the line, it turned out to be a line to borrow audio-guides, so you did not actually have to wait in line. I got myself an audio-guide now that I had waited in line for 10 minutes. The two Japanese girls also got audio-guides and asked me if I had got one in Japanese too. I said no, and English one. I also told them that when I was in the Louvre museum, I got both the English and the Japanese map of the museum and the showcased different pieces of art. Apparently the things that are famous in Japan and in the English speaking world are not the same, and looking at these differences is also quite interesting.
|Bedroom of the queen|
|Small room for private dinners. The small chairs are for people watching the king and queen eat.|
|A surprisingly empty corridor|
|Construction work to fix-up some parts of the palace|