"A Yank in Versailles" Pvt. Gordon Conrey of Milford, N.H., one of the first Americans to visit Versailles (place of WW1 peace treaty) after its liberation from the Germans in 1944, standing in the hall of mirrors.


For whatever reason we don't like the chandeliers taking up so space that is much. And they'd get in the real method of the paintings! Yeah but the French are attempting to reproduce the feel for the palace at ...



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  • For some reason I really don't like the chandeliers taking up so much space. And they'd get in the way of the paintings!
  • Yeah but the French are trying to replicate the feel of the palace at its peak, and they definitely had chandeliers at that time.
  • Yeah, definitely too much/too many.
  • I gotta love the serenity of this picture. He's just standing there politely, taking it all in.
  • His jaw's probably scraping the floor. It's likely that a buck private from Nowheresville, USA, hadn't been out of the country before shipping out to the war.
  • can confirm, milford nh was nowhere/ some standards still is
  • As someone who's been raised in NH his whole life, yes, that'd make my jaw completely unhinge.
  • I've lived in 9 countries on 4 continents, been to over 50, speak 4 languages, and spent most of my life regularly traveling all over creation, and places like this still blow my facking mind. When you walk into somewhere like St. Peter's or Macchu Picchu or the Hermitage or the Taj Mahal, you're supposed to experience something like awe at the magnificence of human evolution and your own insignificance before the wonderful things man can create. Which usually takes the form of "oh holy motherfacking shit, jesus tittyfacking christ, wow, WOW, fack me, wow."
  • I'm from Arkansas but I've travelled a bit, Versailles is to this day the most magnificent thing I've ever seen.
  • You can always tell a Milford man.
  • place of WW1 peace treaty Actually, a number of treaties were signed at Versailles. Treaty of Versailles (1756), a defense alliance treaty between France and Austria Treaty of Versailles (1757), expansion of 1756 Versailles treaty to Saxony, Sweden and Russia Treaty of Versailles (1758), confirmation of 1757 and 1756 Versailles treaties Treaty of Versailles (1768), in which the Republic of Genoa ceded Corsica to France Treaty of Versailles (1774), between France and Spain regarding contraband Treaties of Versailles (1783), ended French and Spanish hostilities against Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War Treaty of Versailles (1787), between France and Vietnam agreeing to military support in exchange for trade advantages Treaty of Versailles of 1871, ended the Franco-Prussian War Treaty of Versailles (1919), ended the state of war between Germany and the Allied Powers
  • What a place! Even if it's a little twee, Marie Antoinette by Sophia Coppola really does a great job of showing the splendor of that castle. Very few other movies have been allowed full run of the space to film in.
  • Not trying to be patronizing (and I apologize if it comes across as such), but Versailles is a palace, not a castle. Castles are built for defense, whereas palaces are more of a statement: 'look at my wealth and power'.
  • Its my shameful secret that I actually really loved that movie.
  • Amazing! Curious what /u/Your_Post_As_A_Movie would do with it
  • Calling /u/Your_Post_As_A_Movie
  • Didn't they do this movie? This could've easily been a shot in Monuments Men.
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