Get Married at Home or Away? Birmingham vs. Versailles
Posted on Dec 16 2011 at 01:01:57 AM in Travel
Can’t decide whether to go all out on a Royal Wedding of your own, in the most romantic place on Earth, or simply relax and enjoy those same comforts closer to home? Here is our helpful guide to help you decide.
Though there is no shortage of Paris wedding venues, for a more peaceful French experience you need only go a few miles west into the department of Yvelines, much of which is still covered with the resplendent Forest of Rambouillet. Here in Yvelines you will find the luxurious Palace of Versailles, the historic Chateau of King Louis XIV, with its history steeped in romance and in tragedy. This is the place where the Ancien Regime of the historic French monarchs finally met its end; when the people besieged the Palace, capturing the King, Louis XVI and his wife, Marie Antoinette and later beheaded them by guillotine.
Explore the Palace itself, the apartments of Louis XV and Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette’s separate estate, the Grand Trianon, the Grand Canal, the Hall of Mirrors, the Royal Chapel, where Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette tied the knot, and the Royal Opera, where you can still catch a world class performance to this day. Go on, treat yourself to a touch of royalty on your wedding day. Go shopping in La Boutique, where the profits go towards the upkeep of the Palace and its events. Explore the extensive gardens and park, walking hand in hand with your lover as King and Queen of France once did.
Now, after this, Birmingham might be the last place on your mind as a wedding destination. But think again. With its Birmingham star city hotels, you can enjoy one of Britain’s most interesting cities in luxury and comfort.
Beneath its old reputation, Birmingham is a dazzling cosmopolitan city with plenty to offer. Countless regeneration projects have left the city with sparkling shopping centres, glamorous restaurants, bars and pubs, not to mention a clubbing scene to rival the nightlife of London. A stroll along the quaint canals of ‘Brum’ is no less romantic than one through Versailles.