For the past two summers, Stéphane and I have been intending to go to the Fountain Night Show at Versailles. The third time must be the charm because we finally made it last night. With illuminated fountains, classical music playing on speakers strategically placed throughout the gardens, a laser light show, dramatic flames synchronized with the music and 15 minutes of dazzling fireworks, the evening proved to be much more entertaining than we could have ever anticipated.
Something else that we couldn't have imagined were the hordes of people. When Stéphane and I tried unsuccessfully to find a place where we could sit down and eat the baked potato topped with chili that we had purchased from a vending cart, we couldn't help comparing the pandemonium in the garden with the tranquility that reigns during the Candlelit Evenings at Château Vaux le Vicomte. The difference is like night and day. Whereas we always feel that we're special guests invited to a magical evening at Vaux le Vicomte, we felt like we were part of the unruly masses who stormed Versailles last night.
Here's a short video that I shot of last night's grand finale.
Still, there's a reason that thousands of people flock to the majestic gardens every Saturday night during the summer. The Fountains Night Show is so spectacular that everyone should see it once. Well, everyone except for those who don't like large crowds and people with mobility issues.
The shows are on Saturday evenings until September 14, 2013. Water features are from 9:05 to 10:55 pm. The fireworks display starts around 11:00 pm. For additional information and to purchase your tickets in advance, please click here to visit the official website for the Château de Versailles.
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