Palace at Versailles – Grand Finale!

Abstract, Landscapes, Music, Photography, Travel

The two-hour fountain and fireworks show started at sunset and lasted well into dark. Symphony music streamed out from speakers hidden in hedges while water jets fired in sequence. The special event is held only a few times a year, and being in Versailles the weekend before Bastille Day it was performed twice.  

To me it felt gimmicky. The water patterns flat and repetitive and the music too loud. The setting in the gardens was incredibly gorgeous, and was fun to photograph. Most disappointing was how far back spectators must retreat before the fireworks. I’m spoiled – in Fairbanks we can sit as close as we want to most fireworks shows. 

The start of the show coincided with sunset.

The start of the show coincided with sunset.

A crescent moon begins to rise over the fountain.

A crescent moon begins to rise over the fountain.

Long exposure of the fountains.

Long exposure of the fountains.

People, fireworks and fountains during the grand finale.

People, fireworks and fountains during the grand finale.