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The secret history of the Palace of Versailles that few visitors know about

  • Lily Radzimsky
  • BBC Travel

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Farther than we usually see…

The palace seemed a mirage in itself.

The waters of the canal sparkled in the sun, drawing my gaze to it.

The stately building dominated the landscape, and the landscape seemed designed for it.

I rode my bike. Strong beams of light cut through the narrow crevices between the trees and crushed my gravel tires.