Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Paris Diaries: Day 13 at Versailles


On our 13th day in Paris we made the trek to Versailles and it was actually really easy to get there. We were lucky to get gorgeous, sunny weather and blue skies that just wouldn't quit. It was a very magical day!


To get to Versailles, you just need to use the public transport system to get to the Versailles Chateau Rive Gauche station. It wasn't expensive - I can't remember exactly, but I think it was in the neighborhood of €13 for both of us for return travel tickets. It takes less than an hour from Central Paris as well, so it's definitely the perfect distance for a day trip out of the city!

I highly recommend spending the whole day at Versailles. There are lots of things to do in addition to touring the palace, Grand Trianon, the gardens and Petit Trianon. Restaurants are available on site and if I'd had more time there, I'd have rented a row boat to go for a float on the pond! I am actually hopping to plan a trip back to France to spend a weekend in Versailles sometime. The gorgeous Waldorf Astoria Trianon Palace Hotel sits just off the grounds with a Gordon Ramsay restaurant among lots of other amenities - it looks like the perfect setting for a romantic getaway sometime! Also, the whole village is full of rich history, fun restaurants, patisseries, bars and shops - it looks like the perfect place to spend a few days chilling out!

In front of Versailles

Marie Antoinette and her children

The Ceiling

Making our way into the Hall of Mirrors

The Hall of Mirrors

The King's Bed

Fireplace inside the King's Bedroom

Chandelier inside the Queen's Bedroom

This is the bed where Marie Antoinette slept and during the raid, she briefly escaped through a door that joined her room with her husband's. 

Place setting

Statue of Napoleon

Fountain outside the palace

Inside one of the many gardens

Breathtaking tree-lined arch way

Petit Trianon

The Queen's Gardens




The Queen's Hamlet


Festive for Halloween!

One of the friends we met along the way...

More friends...

This guy was eating chestnuts out of my hands...

Beautiful horses on the grounds of Versailles


This is the view of Versailles as we were leaving at sunset and there is no filter on this photo. It truly is a beautiful, magical place to visit and I'd highly recommend it.

4 comments:

  1. I love how easy it is to get around Paris! Versailles is so beautiful!

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    1. Me too - in my opinion, it's even easier to get around than London! xx

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    1. Truly - did you get a chance to see it while you were there? If not, then next time!!! xx

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