France: White Picnic of Versailles on Bastille Day - paulsmit
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'Sophie Morel at the White Picnic in Versailles.'

On Bastille Day, the 14th of July, a wonderful "Déjeuner sur l'Herbe" is organized in the gardens of the Palace of Versailles. Thousands of people come together with their picnic baskets and have a festive meal on the banks of the Grand Canal. In English it is known as the Picnic of Versailles or the White Picnic ("pique-nique en blanc"), since white is the dress code. Many people enjoy to dress up for the occasion. Sophie Morel (left) simply loves such events. Since she was 9 she designs period costumes. In 2007 she created Dauphin-Dauphine, a group of about 20 children, that play music or theatre at historical sites - mostly french châteaux - dressed in her costumes. But to the white picnic they came just for fun. Photo Paul Smit.