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In honour of Peter the Great's visit to Versailles in 1717.

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With his lovely lady.

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But Chic P and I went last year, and now we know the ropes, things went a little more smoothly. Here's Chic P. all fresh after we'd dashed through the wind and rain to get to the first glass of champagne. (Thankfully, it was not monsoon like last year.) There was a delay to get in, due to Macron and Poutine running late in their conference.

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And here's me...

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Not quite authentic but then there's authentic and there's authentic. When Versailles was built there were no toilets. One had to go in the garden, or on the stairwell if you were caught short without a servant to hold your potty or wheel out your commode (or else, one was the servant a wheeling of commodes, sapristi!) Peter the Great himself (so the legend goes) took a dump in the corner of his bedroom at Versailles and wiped his bum on the curtains. This was considered de trop even for the French. However, I decided against getting too much into the spirit or indeed the whiff of the age.

Entering up the grand staircase...

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Ooooh, a huddle?

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OMG IT'S THE KING!!!

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Dancers

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But enough of that! We headed for the champagne, and I resolved to try and take lots of pictures of people before I got too sozzled. Off we go!

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I love a man in cream...

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This delightful lady told me her dress was from a theatre (probably operatic) alas the photo does not do the peacock beading justice.

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See, I was not the only modern person there! This chap was from Poland.

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Two leering rakes from Belgium and France...

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But if you like fops (and I love 'em) it was heaven. I found my lovely German fop I met last year.

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Not so sure about this one!

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This talented lady from the US made her dress and her gent's outfit - designed and had (electronically) embroidered the material then painstakingly pieced it together. Look out for her next year, as she told me she'll be making some glorious embroidery for herself too.

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Moar Russians (actually, these lovelies are French.)

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OMG! The King! (Again, or maybe his brother.)

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Musicians

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Playing billiards. I had a game against the lady on the right, alas no one photographed me, a shame as I won! (After my terrible performance last year.)

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No shortage of pretty fellows.

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And ladies.

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We had a tour of the private apartments of Madame Du Barry.

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The same guide as last year, who showed us round Madame de Pompadour's private rooms. (Du Barry's rooms seemed larger and more opulent!)

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View from Du Barry's rooms. (Perhaps the scene of the infamous chamber-pot incident?)

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Time to go home!

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French article on the ball, Chic P and I can be seen at the beginning of the video.

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