A Day at Le Château de Versailles + Les Jardins

Bonjour mon amies!

A trip to Paris is not complete without visiting my humble abode the famous Château de Versailles, home of me many French Royals and, and Marie Antoinette herself.

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Keep in mind to put on some decent walking shoes, especially if you plan on walking through the gardens (acres and acres of them). If you read my London post, you can kinda guess this part of my trip was no walk in the park… Well it was, literally but figuratively it was not! #puns

TICKETS

My cousin was kind enough to buy tickets for us to see the palace, knowing that was one of the number one things I wanted to see when I was in France. All you’d have to do to purchase tickets is visit the website, which offers a variety of options for what you may be looking for.

HOW TO GET THERE

The history little city of Versailles is only a forty minute train ride away from Paris, obviously one of the reasons I had to go! The most convenient way to see this royal palace is by traveling on the RER C line RER_C. From here, you’ll want to hop on the line traveling to Versailles Château/Rive Gauche.

Place d’Armes, 78000 Versailles, France

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The Château is only a fifteen minute walk from the Versailles train station. Even the walk through paved roads and underneath tall trees is lovely. I don’t know how the French does it.

CHÂTEAU DE VERSAILLES

Not to be overdramatic, but this palace took my breath away the second I saw it (sorry, boys). Delicate touches of gold on the gates and on the palace itself decorated the château, which is when I began to think ‘no wonder the French citizens overthrew the Royals.’

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My favorite part would have to be the ceilings. The amount of detail that went into each room was spectacular! Somehow with the over-the-top beds and tea sets in every room, there seemed to be a balance. Maybe it was the pastels paired with gold-painted everything that created flow. Regardless, the French Royals were really living their best lives.

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Grand Galerie (The Hall of Mirrors)

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Dress – Ripcurl

Boots – H&M

Backpack – Longchamp

LES JARDINS

I heard it was best to do the gardens first and then the château, but honestly I don’t know what the difference is. The lines were just as long to get into the palace when we arrived at 10:00 AM – definitely go to the gardens for the weather.. I 10/10 recommend beating that heat.

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The garden guide says you can hit the most popular gardens/fountains in two hours if you follow their guide. It took me four hours before I called it quits and went to the palace.

  1. THAT is how much land the French Royals owned.
  2. I’ll admit I got lost for a second… I found my way, eventually!
  3. There are TONS of beautiful gardens away from the crowds I had to see!

During some days in the summer, some fountains in the garden will do a water/music show, which I totally recommend seeing.

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The Musical Fountain Shows & The Musical Gardens

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There were some issues that prevented me from seeing a lot of the grounds like Marie Antoinette’s bedroom (currently being renovated until 2020 – allegedly), Marie Antoinette’s cottage, and some more of Versailles. But hey, at least I have a reason to return!

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Have you been to Le Château de Versailles? What was your favorite part if you have, or what are you most excited to see when you plan on visiting?

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