There's a nasty smell hanging over one of Europe's most famous tourist attractions. The Palace?
GV Entrance to Versailles
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SV Tourists sitting and wandering around the ground and lakes (5 shots)
SV Tilt down dead fish floating on lake (7 shots)
SV Tourists rowing on lake
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Background: There's a nasty smell hanging over one of Europe's most famous tourist attractions. The Palace of Versailles, just outside Paris, is renowned for the grandeur of its buildings, the magnificence of its gardens, and the splendour of its lakes and fountains. But this year visitors to Versailles are turning up their noses at all its attractions.
The reason, quite simply, is the Versailles stinks. Or to be more accurate the waters of the Grand Canal stink. For thirty years the water, which feeds all the fountains, has remained unchanged. Now they have started to putrefy, resulting in the deaths of thousands of fish, and also resulting in a not particularly attractive French perfume.
The waters of Versailles used to be changed regularly with supplies from a local reservoir, but as the cost of this operation became increasingly high, the authorities decided that the operation was an unnecessary luxury. Now the complaints of local residents and visitors alike are causing them to re-think. For at moment the Palace of Versailles is in bad odour with the rest of France.
SYNOPSIS: There's a casty smell hanging over one of Europe's most famous palaces. Just outside Paris stands the magnificent Palace of Versailles - ???wned for its gardens, fountains and lakes.
But visitors to the palace are now turning up their noses at Versailles attractions. The reason, quite simply, is that it stinks. Or more accurately the waters of the Grand Canal stink.
The water, after remaining unchanged for thirty years, has putrefied. Thousands of fish have perished and the smell has driven local residents to demand that the authorities take action. The waters used to be changed regularly with supplies from a local reservoir, but as the cost of the operation rose, it was eventually decided that this was an unnecessary luxury.
But now they're having to think again, For the last thing the authorities at Versailles want is for their Palace to be held in bad odour.