Take the opportunity to get to Canberra and see this amazing exhibition. The Château de Versailles and National Gallery of Australia have collaborated to bring the magnificence of the Ancien Régime to Australia.
A selection of pieces from the Château by curator Béatrix Saule exquisitely installed by the team at the NGA will transport you back to France during the 17th and 18th centuries. Furniture by the likes of Bernard van Risenburgh II and Martin Carlin, magnificent Gobelins tapestries, Sèvres porcelain and theatrical props from Marie Antoinette's private theatre. There are menu's and engravings, even some sections of oak parquetry flooring.
If you love antiques and art you cannot miss this exhibition. For me the highlight was to sit in front of the sculpture "Latona and her children" 1668-70. Installed in a dark room with a back projection and soundtrack of running water it is possible to imagine you are there experiencing the fountain in the gardens of the Château itself. There are also on display examples of brass nozzles and keys for the fountains. The Cafe are doing a nice Lamb Navarin and glass of Côte du Rhône, it's a thoroughly civilised French day out. nga.gov.au/Versailles/