The Best of Versailles

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Mary Antoinette’s stomping grounds, Palace of Versailles, is a must-see if you ever travel to Paris. After a short train ride, nothing could prepare me for what lay right around the corner. It was more sumptuous, grand, and had more gold gilt and marble than I had imagined.

The Best of Versailles Castle sparkling in gold gilt, tourists admire the French architecture

Truly humbled by the massive palace, Danny, our daughter, Courtney, and I waited in line. Since it was Father’s Day, we wouldn’t face the crowds like in the Louvre. We lucked out!

The Best of Versailles, A smallish chapel in Versailles as tourists sit and admire the painted ceilings and gold leaf ceilings

Even the hallways are extraordinary.

The Best of Versailles, a most spectacular gold gilt hallway, murals, and marble columns

A room fit for a queen and lots of maids in waiting with brushes, makeup, and the outfit of the day in hand.

Queen's boudoir Versailles

An amazing historical art gallery under a ceiling of skylights.

The Best of Versailles, Art gallery and tourists under long skylight

The Best of Versailles play of light on patterned floors in hallway under arched ceilings

Back out into the hall where rose marble lined the walls. I found pieces of that special colored rock all over the gardens.

Versailles hallway

And last but not least the Hall of Mirrors.

Hall of mirrors Versailles

Look at all that space! Some families must have opted for sporting events, brunch, or other outdoor activities in honor of Dad’s day.

Versaiiles mirror

The Best of Versailles Hall of Mirrors with family selfie

We strode from one gold room to another until they soon became a blur.

A panoramic of a room in Versailles

We were ready for snack time. I would recommend the restaurant in the palace. There was a line but we feasted our eyes on the dessert case while waiting.

The Best of Versailles, the dessert case filled with delicious treats

Then we stepped outside for a tour of the magnificent gardens.

The best of Versailles and formal gardens in geometric patterns

The Best of Versailles, formal flower gardens with the castle in the background

We would have to wait for the fountain to start. The birds had formed a line.

The best of Versailles - Birds perch on gold leaf fountain at Versailles

A few tourists sought shelter from the sun while exploring the vast estate grounds.

The Best of Versailles, a marble pillared gazebo

There’s nothing like dancing at Versailles. It’s just like back in the day only without the pomp, the circumstance, or wigs.

The Best of Versailles, we danced to classical music on a huge veranda in pink marble and black white patterned floor

We discovered several summer houses with much less gold but with pretty formal decor nonetheless.

The Best of Versailles - Blue boudoir inside the summer house with mirrors and massive chandelier

Cards Against Humanity anyone?

The Best of Versailles, Yellow play room with round tables

The Best of Versailles, red boudoir and living quarters in summer house

We walked all the way to the farthest corner of the estate, but it was closed. We peeked through the garden gate under the trellised roses to the cute cottage.

The Best of Versailles - Garden gate with arched trellised roses and cottage

On our way back toward Versailles Palace, the fountains turned on and classical music poured through hidden speakers. It was breathtaking.

The Best of Versailles - Fountains peek through branched archway while music plays

The Best of Versailles - Classical fountains spray water while music plays

The Best of Versailles, outdoor fountain with castle in background

A couple of travel tips:

It was a long day of walking, but I loved every minute of it. Next time, I’ll find out where to rent bikes.

Tickets can be bought in advance but go into the ticket office (on the far left side) and trade them in for hard copies before getting in line.

We went to the restaurant instead of the cafeteria. It was worth the wait to be waited on just like Marie Antoinette, or any other restaurant customer.

I hope you enjoyed this travel adventure!

Have you ever been to Versailles? Is it on your bucket list?

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  1. Wow! Such opulence. Can you imagine living in a time and place when that was expected? I’m afraid the thatched cottage is more my style but I’d love to see this in person. Thanks for letting me see it through your eyes.

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  2. Amazing !!! Lovely clicks. Is photography allowed inside??? Missed this place in my last visit. Actually there is so much to see in Paris. One tour is not enough. Inspires me for another visit.

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  3. Man those fountains and gardens were amazing! Those pics looked beautiful! I hadn’t planned on going there, Spain and Italy have always been at the top of the list, but man those pics are definitely inspiring a passport stamp. Thanks for sharing your trip!!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Guat! Great to see you!

      It was fun to go through all the photos from that trip. I’d love to go back soon! There’s so much to see and do in and around Paris!

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