French Foreign Legion members carry the coffin of Lazare Ponticelli, the last of the French World War 1 veterans, during his state funeral ceremony in the courtyard of the Invalides in Paris on March 17, 2008. The ceremony for Ponticelli, who died on March 12, 2008 aged 110, was attended by the majority of the French government members and marks the commemoration for the 8.5 million French soldiers who died in battle during the 1914 -1918 war.
An enduring symbol of the peaks of luxury, Louis XIV's eighteenth-century residence is one of the more impressive combined displays of art, architecture, interior design, and landscaping in the world. It houses a sumptuously decorated chapel and a full opera house. Don't miss the Queen's bedchambers, a masterpiece of over-the-top-ness; the legendary Hall of Mirrors, still used by the French government today to receive heads of state; or the three square miles of gardens.