A Glimpse of Versailles

Versailles

Palace of Versailles

Two friends from DC were visiting this week, and luckily the three of us all had Château de Versailles on our wish list. We left Paris around 8:30 AM Wednesday morning, arriving at the ticket office no later than 9:15 AM following a thirty minute train ride and short walk. The Palace opens at 9 AM, so I was pretty amazed to already see a long line on what’s considered a slow day. We took the official website’s advice, beginning with the gardens, followed by Trianon palaces and Marie-Antoinette’s hamlet, and ending the day with the interior Palace. We really couldn’t have asked for better weather. Though a bit hot in the afternoon, there wasnt a cloud in the sky the entire day, and viewing the gardens in the slightly cooler summer morning is definitely the way to go. Hopefully I’ll be able to visit again soon in the coming weeks as there is still more to see!

Gardens of Versailles

Gardens of Versailles

Gardens of Versailles

Gardens of Versailles

Sculptures in the Gardens

Sculptures in the Gardens

Sculptures in the Gardens

Sculptures in the Gardens

View of the Palace from the Gardens

View of the Palace from the Gardens

The Grand Trianon

The Grand Trianon

Inside the Grand Trianon

Inside the Grand Trianon

Farmhouse at The Queen's Hamlet

Farmhouse at The Queen’s Hamlet

The Queen's Hamlet

The Queen’s Hamlet

Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles

Entrance of Palace of Versailles

Entrance of Palace of Versailles

Ceiling in Versailles

Ceiling in Versailles

Ceiling in Versailles

Ceiling in Versailles

Hall of Mirrors

Hall of Mirrors

Hall of Mirrors

Hall of Mirrors

The Queen's Bedchamber

The Queen’s Bedchamber

The Queen's Bedchamber

The Queen’s Bedchamber

Chamber in Versailles

Chamber in Versailles (I lost track of all the rooms…)

Notes & Recommendations

Food & Drink

Spending significant time in Scandinavia has made me quite clever and prepared regarding bringing lunch food during day trips… even if the Versailles website says it isn’t allowed. I picked up croissants, a baguette, sausage, and dates beforehand to avoid steep attraction prices. Keeping food and water in my bag while touring the Palace and Gardens wasn’t a problem. Isn’t there a boy scout badge for that?

Getting There & Away

We took the RER C from Paris, was easy and relatively fast. Check out the Versailles website for more information.

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