Palace of Versailles

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  • Day8

    Palace of Versailles

    September 25, 2018 in France ⋅ ☀️ 61 °F

    The Palace of Versailles began as a hunting lodge for King Louis XIV, but by the time of his grandson it had become the most luxurious and opulent residence in the Western World. The Hall of Mirrors where Woodrow Wilson signed the treaty ending World War I, the public and private bedrooms of three generations of French royalty, and the many rooms of state have been restored to their original, fantastic conditions. Add to all of this the palatial gardens surrounding the palace and one has a heavenly paradise on earth. More poignant, however, is the story of Louis XVI and his wife Marie Antoinette, who became victims of a French Revolution whose violence eventually devoured its own sons. It ultimately succumbed to Napoleon, who declared himself Emperor, and re-created the class of nobility that the Revolution had attempted to erase.Read more

    Bette Franken

    Looks like the weather cleared!

  • Day4

    Vasailles - a. d. Spuren des Sonnenkönig

    October 14, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Heute besichtigten wir nach dem Frühstücksbuffet den wohl prunkvollsten Königspalast, das Schloss Versailles! Unser Reiseleiter führte uns durch die prachtvollen Regenten Gemächer LudwigsXIV bis zum weltbekannten Spiegelsaal.Read more

    Gmc Gerschau

    .. nehmt bequemes Schuhwerk mit. Schloss und vor allem Gärten sind riesig und phantastisch, dagegen sind die Herrenhäuser Gärten Kinderpups.



  • Day78

    Day 78: Versailles

    May 4, 2017 in France ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

    Decided to spend our last day on the Continent at one of its most famous sights, and the main place that I'd missed on my last trip to Paris in 2005 - Versailles. The weather wasn't looking hugely promising, but given that it had rained basically all day yesterday, it couldn't get much worse so we decided to risk it.

    Up and out fairly early, with our usual breakfast of croissants from the (excellent nearby bakery). Had a funny moment where the lady was serving two customers at once, and she addressed the other customer in English while speaking French to me! Thankfully the other customer could speak English and we all had a good laugh. I know the French have a reputation for being snobby, unhelpful and unwilling to speak English, but I haven't found that at all on this trip. Most people just switch to English when they can see me struggling, and English ability is far more widespread here than in Spain.

    Our journey to Versailles consisted of about 15 metro stops across the city to Bir-Hakeim, where we changed to an above-ground RER-C train bound for Versailles. All up the journey took about an hour, so not too bad. Walked the last 10 minutes from the station to the chateau.

    Glad that I didn't pre-buy tickets, as the queue for picking up pre-purchased tickets was the same length as the purchasing tickets queue, and regardless both of them paled into insignificance next to the entry queue, which wound around the main courtyard three times.

    Took about 40 minutes, during which Shandos took her leave as she wasn't coming inside the chateau with me. She'd been before, and wanted to have a closer look at the gardens which was free entry, so off she went.

    Eventually I got inside and wandered around following the tour, doing bits of filming along the way as Versailles is a UNESCO World Heritage site as well. Very fascinating and a lot of fun, though the endless crowds get a bit exhausting. Highlights were definitely the hall of mirrors and the hall of battles, where there's a series of enormous oil paintings depicting French national heroes from Charlemagne, through Joan of Arc up to Napoleon.

    After about 90 minutes I was finished inside and met up again with Shandos where we started looking around the gardens. Annoyingly, large parts of the gardens were closed off because they do fountain shows on some days, and only open those sections during the shows! Tickets for those cost extra, of course, which is quite annoying. So we were a bit disappointed with that.

    Had some lunch at one of the cafes there, just simple baguettes and soft drinks but surprisingly not too over-priced! We then spent a couple of hours wandering around the gardens which are absolutely enormous and in fairly good condition. It was nice here as well because despite the inclement weather (it kept raining in squalls on and off), there were far fewer people around. Briefly considered hiring a boat and rowing up and down the grand canal, but ultimately chose not to.

    Walked back to the station where we commenced the long journey home - 45 minutes on the train followed by nearly 30 minutes on the metro during rush hour. Rested up for a bit before another local dinner at a place chosen essentially at random. We were still a bit early so the place was fairly empty aside from a group of elderly American tourists.

    And so we trudged back up the stairs to our apartment for our last night in Paris, in France and on the continent, likely for quite some time! This place has been quite nice, though five tall flights of stairs with no lift is a bit of a killer. Overall we've enjoyed Paris, thankfully we got a couple of good weather days before the rain set in! Would've been nice to be a bit warmer though!

    Packed and showered in the evening as it's a super early start and a long day of travel tomorrow!
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    Joel Baldwin

    Front courtyard, also featuring some subtly-dressed Chinese tourists

    Joel Baldwin

    Hall of Mirrors

    Joel Baldwin

    King's bedroom

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  • Day10

    Château de Versailles

    September 5, 2017 in France ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

    An amazing phenomena (in my humble opinion) is that in the year 2017, many of the museums of Paris are completely shut on a Tuesday. It is not like they have teamed up to determine that one should close on Tuesday, another on a Wednesday etc. So as a result, this forced our hand to travel to Versailles for the day, along with every other tourist to Paris, Tuesday being the discount day for Versailles for those eligible for various local passes etc.

    And so it is here that our luck in not having to line up for long to visit stuff ended. Close to 1.5 hours in the line in front of a very impressive building, and we were in.

    The interior itself is opulent and extravagant and all up, it should not have been that surprising to the nobility of France when the Revolution finally occurred!
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  • Day15


    June 3, 2015 in France ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Today Ingrid took us to Versailles, home of the castle where many kings and queens lived or at least vacationed including Marie Antoinette. It was an absolutely beautiful day (again) I'm beginning to think I stole the sun when I left Georgia since ive heard its been raining there...been perfect weather here since we arrived. Glad the sun loves me ?? oh and sorry for the rain ?Read more

  • Day12

    Chateau de Versailles

    July 7, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Our second last day in France and we visited Versailles. Before you even get to the palace, you get a sense of the scale and grandure of the place with all of the buildings outlying the palace. They were clearly part of the complex when the Bourbon were in power. Then you notice the gold leaf on the roof of the palace as you approach. You realise this is something to be seen. Toni pre-booked a tour which is a definite must to avoid the queues but more importantly get the context and history of this place. It is immense and the decadence is offensive. No wonder the people in the end took comfort with the guillotine. Just building this place let alone it's upkeep would bankrupt a state and this was just their holiday house! The scale of the gardens was impressive but it wasn't as beautiful as I had been led to believe.Read more

  • Day63

    Paris - Palace of Versailles

    October 2, 2015 in France ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    A short train ride outside Paris proper is this ridiculously opulent palace used by King Louis XIV (and his less impressive successors Louis XV & XVI).
    The palace is immense and gold (paint) is everywhere. To skip the lines, we went on a guided tour that actually turned out to be excellent, going into the king's private rooms (away from the throngs of tourists), seeing fancy science gadgets and his private theatre (all wood, but pretend stone etc, #2).
    Later, saw the chapel (the small part of the palace not devoted to the glory of the Sun King, #3), tons of amazing roof frescoes/carvings often blending into each other (#4) the hall of mirrors (#5), and expansive manicured grounds (#6).
    You can really see why revolutionists thought the rulers were spoilt!

    We had tickets to also see the Grand Trianon and Marie Antoinette's estate but unfortunately it had just closed when we wandered over there :( Kinda annoying that the opening times weren't posted anywhere. We peered over the wall and listened to Rick Steves audio guide anyway.
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  • Day3

    Schloss Versailles III

    February 13, 2010 in France ⋅ ☁️ -2 °C

    Wir sind dann durch die Räume gelaufen. Mir ist aufgefallen, dass der Boden des Schlossen ganz schön dreckig und sandig war. Das hatte ich auch noch nirgends gesehen.

    Aber die Räume an sich waren wirklich sehr schön anzuschauen!Read more

  • Day17

    Château Versailles

    May 26, 2015 in France ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    We were only allowed about an hour to explore the Château Versailles so a small group of us decided to get on the 'train' to explore the gardens. The gardens were beautiful, I could have easily spent a day in the gardens alone! I can just image what the inside looks like. We got off the 'train' to take a couple photos and it left without us, making us late back to the bus!Read more

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Château de Versailles, Chateau de Versailles, Schloss Versailles, Palace of Versailles, Palacio de Versalles, ヴェルサイユ宮殿, Palácio de Versailles, 凡尔赛宫