Thursday, 9 July 2015

La queue

Château de Versailles queue line
VDP simply has no clue how people do it. It was 4:30 pm in scorching heat and these tourists were still queueing and nowhere near entering the palace which they won't have time to visit... VDP is also clueless as to what happened to the second shot, it wasn't supposed to be this small! Yet if you enlarge it by clicking on it, you'll have a better idea of how long that queue actually was... Oh and the building you see behind the queue in the first shot is one of the king's stables.

VDP n'a aucune idée de comment les gens font pour faire ainsi la queue à 16 heures trente sous un cagnard impitoyable, pour ne passer qu'un laps de temps ridicule à l'intérieur... VDP n'a d'ailleurs pas non plus les idées très claires sur ce qui s'est passé pour que le panoramique ci-dessous soit si petit mais si vous cliquez dessus, il s'agrandira, donnant une meilleure idée de la longueur de la queue à cette heure avancée de l'après-midi...
Château de Versailles

26 comments:

Geoff Wilkinson said...

Oh boy, that looks like a very unpleasant way to spend an afternoon especially if there is not enough time for a good look around. Is the second shot a panoramic taken in camera perhaps?

Revrunner said...

But, hey! They're in France. :-)

RedPat said...

I didn't go inside Notre Dame because the lines were so long and I didn't want to waste any of my Paris time lining up. Also, I hate lining up for anything! ;-))

Wayne said...

Count me among the very, very impatient. I would die waiting like that. What's the building on the far left in the second photo? My guess is the second photo is a panorama that is usually comprised of many photo stitched together, I really like it.

Randy said...

Good thing I wasn't there, you would be in line, hee hee. Love that second shot.

Bob Crowe said...

That's just nuts. Great pano, by the way. It really shows the length of the line if you have ever been in that courtyard.

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Queues at all the monuments during Summer in France...
We flew out of Paris on Sunday night and happy to escape the heatwave.
We are now back in New Zealand - it's a beautiful sunny mid Winter's day and 10°C.
Our daughter lives in a village in Burgundy and we have been to the magnificent Versailles palace on previous visits. The key to missing queues is to start early! Versailles is a beautiful town too!
Shane

orvokki said...

Crazed string.
But it is said that good always worth waiting for (queue up :)
Love your panorama.

VP said...

Wasted time... I have seen this in many other places!

Dave said...

Did you use Photoshop to get the panoramic shot or just the camera? I took a similar shot and mine also came out small. It must be that the pictures are compressed when making a panorama.

llandudnopictures said...

Oh no, perhaps someone or some kind of barrier system letting them know how long it is before they are likely to enter would be very useful... especially if the palace would be shut by the time they approached the entrance!

cieldequimper said...

@ Wayne: (part of) the south wing of the palace.

@ Geoff and Dave: yes camera.

Lowell said...

This looks exactly like the lines when we visited the palace. Fortunately, we were with a tour and our guide was able to get us in relatively soon. Plus she was very knowledgeable. I noted she used the word, "Merde!," a lot under her breath and I decided to tease her a bit so I asked her what it meant. You should have seen her get red in the face. She started mumbling, and walked away fast. I called after her that I was teasing, but she was too embarrassed to discuss it. Very funny as I thought it was no big deal. :)

Birdman said...

Well, I just know I wouldn't be waiting in line, in a scorching sun to visit that stable. Some might. What we do for love... of horses????

Sharon Anck said...

Oh my goodness, I would find that line very discouraging. I think it's best to get there first thing in the morning.

EG CameraGirl said...

I'm not good with waiting in long lines. There must be an off0season when the lines are very short, right?

William Kendall said...

That line is way too long!

Jane Hards Photography said...

Being British, queuing is second nature, almost a cultural pass time, but perhaps the cooler weather makes it easier for us. I can't believe how orderly it is.

cieldequimper said...

@ Birdman: thou must be tired... :-)

LOLfromPasa said...

Wonder if the majority of those people British. They are experts at queuing and have patience too (at least, from my vantage point). Of course, your photos are wonderful.

Susan Bauer said...

That's one big reason why I schedule a private tour group to see such sights. You get to avoid all the lines and walk right in. Plus you get a knowledgeable person who can make all the history and background information come alive. It is well worth the added cost.

Kate said...

Yes, it does make one wonder about the motivation that keeps people in a queue at such a late time period.

Small City Scenes said...

Yipes! You won't find me there
MB

PerthDailyPhoto said...

We must of visited on a good day Ciel, thank goodness the queue wasn't like this, although it did get a wee bit squishy inside after a while :)

Stefan Jansson said...

I would have left already.

Dina said...

Oi veh!