The Grand Canal of Château de Versailles

With a length of 1,500 meters and a width of 62 meters, the Grand Canal, which was built between 1668 and 1671, physically and visually prolongs the east-west axis to the walls of the Grand Parc. During the Ancien Régime, the Grand Canal served as a venue for boating parties. In 1674, as a result of a series of diplomatic arrangements that benefited Louis XIV, the king ordered the construction of Petite Venise or Little Venice. Located at the junction of the Grand Canal and the junction of the northern transversal branch, Little Venice housed the caravels and yachts that were received from The Netherlands and the gondolas and gondoliers received as gifts from the Doge of Venice, hence the name for the entire system of canals, The Grand Canal!

I was going to forgo renting a boat the day I was at Versailles, but these two retired ladies from Brooklyn asked if I wouldn't mind rowing them around the Canal and down to Marie Antoinette's cottage at the back of the canal system.  They offered to set me up with one of their granddaughters in return, but I haven't heard back from them, so in the memorable malaise that is my former contracts professor, Elaine Welle, I guess the offer was improvident and there was no "G*d D*mn meeting of the minds."