Sculling on the lake at Versailles Palace, France

Sculling on the lake at Versailles Palace, France

I finally made it to the rural palace of Versailles lived in by the French Kings from 1682 to 1789. Lots of excess and fantastic gardens. The half-mile rectangular lakes—too big to be called ponds—are tree-lined with elegance. So imagine how delighted I was to be there at the end of the day, after most tourists have departed, and to see students practicing their rowing skills. Who’d have imagined the bureaucrats would allow such a sacrilege. I thought it was quite serene and beautiful…

a half-mile rowing track at the gardens of Versailles

a half-mile rowing track at the gardens of Versailles