But over the centuries, this building became one of the most heavily reconstructed & renovated in France. It seemed that each of the successive French kings couldn't agree on one design & purpose. They all had different ideas.
When king Charles V took over in the 14th century, he decided to convert the whole place into a chateau. But the design was unlike anything of today's. It was dark, narrow & rat-infested. (Now you know where they got the idea for Rattatouile)
Then in 1528, king Francois I took over & flattened the whole area & built a new palace altogether in the open style of the Rennaisance. That must have shot up steel prices along with oil, dairy products, kolo mee & laksa.
And there you have it, the Grand Palace of today...
Grand Palace Courtyard Left.
Grand Palace Courtyard Right.
The courtyard was so huge that even Singapore could fit in it.
Grand Palace Courtyard Centre.
There was also a Grand Fountain, but somehow someone forgot to turn the water tap on.And just when a Malaysian auntie tourist would start asking, 'Like that only ah?', there's more behind the adjoining gate.
And it was simply beautiful & emotionally moving. If I was to leave Paris at this point, on our first day, I would have been satisfied. This was it. This was the moment.
OK. Alright. I take it back. That was just an expression. Being practical & being true Malaysians, the idea of leaving on the very first day doesn't make a lot of sense.