This was my third or fourth visit to the Palace of Versailles, which can be reached by a 40-minute train ride from central Paris, but the first time I've had the opportunity to video the place. The queues to access the Palace were enormous, the car park full of tour coaches, but luckily we as press visitors were able to get in via a side entrance. The crowds inside were pretty huge as well, not that I mind, it gave the place plenty of atmosphere. We were staying at the Trianon Palace Hotel, which is just to one side of the Palace grounds.
You may well know about the Treaty of Versailles, which was signed here in 1919 following the German surrender of WW1. It was organised by Georges Clemenceau, and attended by Prime Minister Lloyd-George and President Woodrow Wilson. They all stayed at the Trianon Palace Hotel where you can see a large plaque in the conference room.
When the château was built, Versailles was a country village; today, however, it is a suburb of Paris
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