Getting to the palace is fairly easy and you can find clear instructions just by googling how to get there. I actually did very little research for this trip, asides from hotel research and I googled how to get here just the night before but that's how easy it was!
I won't go too much into detail about it's history but I'll mention that it was originally a hunting lodge and it wasn't until later on that the court moved here. I highly recommend purchasing the book they have at the gift shop titled "Versailles". It comes in many different languages so much sure you pick up the right one! It's quite inexpensive at 15euros for a hard cover book with about 150 pages and lots of coloured photos too! I've yet to read it as I'm saving it for a nice rainy day where I can just sit/lay in bed for hours and devour the book with some tea and sweets =) <--- not hard for Vancouver weather lol I'll also have a photo of all the goodies I bought on my trip too.
The Palace of Versaille's website is here and it has a lot of useful information such as opening hours, prices of different tickets as well as how to get there.
Probably not going to title many photos since they're all about the same topic.
~ Palace of Versailles ~
Walking there! Once you get out of the train station there are people who direct you to the right direction and it's about a 5 minute walk from there. There's also a Starbucks along the way to perk up your morning. |(though what could be perkier than going to the palace?!)
The palace is actually pretty much right smack in the middle of busy streets and stores. You will have a clear view of it as you walk up though but it's not how I imagined it (more with a garden entrance and what not)
The details of this place will overwhelm you!
The bright sun combined with my terrible photography skills ended up with either over exposed photos or extremely unnaturally dark ones -.-
Felt like like a kid in a candy store and we weren't even inside yet!
The huge garden lies beyond this building.
IMPORTANT: You can purchase your tickets to the palace online which I highly recommend!
The line to buy a ticket was extremely long so if you pre-purchase your tickets you can skip that line and head straight to security which saves you a lot of time! Also if you want to avoid crowds try and get here right at opening times, I've heard people who come that early practically have the palace to themselves for a good 45mins which is a lot of time and trust me, I wish I did that! This actually applies to nearly all museums and attractions.
I have a *slight* obsession with doors so you might be seeing more than one (a dozen) throughout my Paris posts and I've already omitted a lot lol
Long gorgeous corridors, sometimes simple is best.
Look at the size of these doors! Massive!
Drooling over this goregous wall paper....
They covered the areas of the wallpaper where people could reach with plastic but look at that detail!
Nearly every ceiling was painted.....it was hard to take in what all the rooms had to offer because you're sooo overwhelmed with all the finery. I didn't know where to look at the ceiling, funiture, wallpaper etc. and all this time you are swimming in a crowd full of people!
The chandeliers were beautiful!
I can't even imagine sitting on this....
OMFG! I need this!
The famous hall of mirrors!
I believe this was the King's bedchamber.....
This is actually how crowded it was throughout the palace!
This was the Queens bedchamber...who wouldn't want to sleep here!
This painting was...m a s s i v e....
Some of the souvenirs you could purchase, overpriced of course lol
They also had a Laduree's here! It's quite small though but they did have some Hello Kitty items here! Most of them didn't appeal to me so I didn't get any.
The gorgeous gardens! I believe it's designed in the French style and each area has it's own name and design suited to the geography there. The garden is extremely large and is a lot bigger than what it looks in this photo. According to the map we got it takes an hour to walk straight to the other end but I can't imagine how long it would take to walk through the entire garden!
Went here for lunch!
They serve bread (baguette?) at every restaurant in Paris! Tough and chewy, yums!
From memory this was a truffle based lasagna and OMG! It was heaven!!!! If you're wondering what that white thing is, it's an egg!
The bf got the daily risotto which was salon but it didn't have any salmon in it and was only salmon flavored.....it didn't taste very nice either, I'm so glad I didn't get this hahaha
There are quite a few places to chose to eat from and
Resting my feet by a pool right before we went into The Grand Trianon.
~ The Grand Trianon ~
Love love love the pink marble!
The Mirror Room, according to the book the decor is the same but not the furniture.
Empress bed chamber
Bed chamber of the Queen of Belgian.
In the Family Room.
Cotelle Gallery! There is a lot less people here than the Hall of Mirrors in the Palace. One reason many be because it costs extra to view this estate.
I love looking at paintings to see what people were wearing during the time! <-- Though they could have been put there at a later date.
~ The Petite Trainon ~
This building was actually built for Madame de Pomadour but later on it was used by Marie Antionette as an escape from her court life.
The "M" which is the royal monogram of the Queen of France.
Sorry for the "glowing" light, I was too busy happily snapping away at photos to have noticed at the time but I think it does make the place seem a bit more whimsical. They also make you wear your backpacks at the front.
The bedchamber, you'd actually be surprised at how small in size these rooms were and sometimes they seemed overstuffed with finery but I thought this room was perfectly balanced.
The Temple of Love.
After the Petite Trainon we walked towards Marie Antionette's Estates. It was about a 15 -20min walk.
~ Marie Antionette's Estate (Is it also known as Little Venice?) ~
It was absolutely breath taking. Almost like a fairytale village come to life.
You can't go inside the buildings but you can get extremely close to them.
The fish were going crazy! We think they might have been trying to get at the flies that hover above the water.....I wouldn't like it fall in anyhow!
Fact: I bought this dress for the sole reason of wearing it here.
As beautiful as it looks in photos we actually had the worst time here because they were cutting the grass which sent us into hay-fever frenzy! Our eyes soon became blood shot red and we were sneezing like no tomorrow.
It's easy to see why she liked this place so much, the entire place gives off a serene atmosphere. It is definitively worth checking out and there a lot less people here too.
From Marie Antionette's Estates we walked back to the Petite Trainon and took the mini-train back to the Palace. If your feet are sore then it is definitively worth it! I think it was about 7euros per person.
Leaving the palace.
At the famous golden gates, bye bye!
Till next time!