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My visit to Versailles with a dead digital camera

Outside of the Royal Chapel in Versailles

The outside of the Royal Chapel at Versailles.

Traveling is so much more than checking off a list of must sees. There are adventures and experiences that enrich and add depth to our memories of our visits. That is why I include a personal story of experience every month from serendipitously attending Mass at Notre Dame to a sudden change in pace while walking along the Champs Elysees.

Versailles had many but I decided to share one of the more humorous.

It all started the night before when I forgot to recharge the batteries in my camera. I realized this too late…as in when my camera died. I had taken a whopping 4 pictures. We were only at the Royal Chapel and had a whole castle left to explore.

Royal Chapel ceiling at Versialles

Ceiling of the Royal Chapel at Versailles

Conveniently, I was with 3 other people. So, my cousin offered me her digital camera. It died. My aunt then handed me her digital camera. It died. I’m not joking…all three digital cameras dead. I couldn’t believe it. Here I was standing in Versailles with no camera. All this beauty and nothing to document it with.

But, then my mom pulls out her disposable wind up camera! I’m pretty sure a I heard trumpets sound and a light beam shine down on her head. She hadn’t wanted to get it out because she was embarrassed that is it was so old school. I didn’t care. I had a camera…that worked.

Admittedly it was a little tough to get low light pictures and close-ups since there were no settings but I was up to the challenge. In the end, I got some great “old school” pictures that we now get by adding a filter. Looks like I took them in the 70s.

The Hall of Mirrors at Versailles

Hall of Mirrors, Versailles

Mom totally saved the day!

Moral of the story: Travel with your mom. Moms always save the day. And if you aren’t traveling with your mom, remember to charge your batteries!


Bises (kisses),


2 Responses to My visit to Versailles with a dead digital camera

  1. Malia says:

    I totally forgot about the cameras dying!

  2. Kelly says:

    Moms almost always save the day, don’t they. Glad you were able to get some pictures. We have been thinking about heading out to Versailles when we’re in town in November. Thank you for reminding me. 🙂