Château de Versailles, Île-de-France, France

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An hour train ride away from the city of Paris via the RER-C train bound for Versailles-Rive Gauche station, visiting Château de Versailles or Palace of Versailles is more than just a mere side trip, it is grand in all aspects that it commands a full day worth.

I have read enough to know that visiting Versailles on a weekend is a bad idea due to the overwhelming crowd and that queuing for an entrance ticket can take as long as an hour plus, thus using the same reasoning I encouraged one of my roommates (Radhana from Slovakia) to come and visit the palace with me on a Wednesday and use our Paris Museum Pass. However, no matter how early we started or no matter how prepared we are, Palace of Versailles is just one of those places that always draw the crowd and no, the visitors don’t arrive in pairs they arrive in buses, loads of buses.
château de Versailles
château de Versailles
château de Versailles
château de Versailles

Once you set a glimpse on palace facade there is no denying how beautiful Versailles is, a jolt of fascination and excitement since you are finally entering the fulfillment of childhood imagination of seeing how kings and queens lives.
château de Versailles
château de Versailles
château de Versailles
château de Versailles
château de Versailles

A Unesco World Heritage Site, the Château de Versailles is everything that is opulent about French monarchy.

An official seat of power until 1789, Versailles represent what has been described as the excessive lifestyle of King Louis XVI and his wife Marie-Antoinette- while the royals were eating cake, the working class has barely enough to buy bread, a sentiment that triggered the French Revolution.
château de Versailles
château de Versailles
château de Versailles

Setting aside the historical role of the palace, in all its arts and forms, Versailles is the pinnacle of French architecture. With 2,143 windows, 1,252 fireplaces, and 67 staircases, every corner is embellished in gold, every room varies in color and function, every ceiling painted with story.
château de Versailles
château de Versailles
château de Versailles
château de Versailles

Though the grandest part of them all is the Galerie des Glaces or the Hall of Mirrors.
château de Versailles
château de Versailles
château de Versailles
château de Versailles
château de Versailles

I was in awe of the palace interior but the Garden of Versailles is the primary reason why I was drawn on visiting Versailles in the first place.

I have envisioned the geometric patterns in my head, there is nothing more royal or more regal than a Queen in a robe à la francaise taking an afternoon walk in a perfectly manicured parterre.
château de Versailles
château de Versailles
château de Versailles
château de Versailles
château de Versailles
château de Versailles

Strolling along the line of triangle shaped trees, statues and fountains scattered across the 250 acres Garden of Versailles was simply the best way to enjoy the remaining days of the autumn season.
château de Versailles
château de Versailles
château de Versailles
château de Versailles
château de Versailles
château de Versailles

Mini train and electric vehicle are available for rent in order to reach faster the other places in Versailles such as the Estate of Marie-Antoinette and Grand Trianon, both of which Radhana and I enjoyably explored on foot for the whole day.

However, the magnetic field (allegedly) of the pyramid of Louvre Museum which we visited later in the evening has coincidentally corrupted both of our camera memory cards, leaving us with few photos and good memories of a day spent in Versailles.
château de Versailles

22 thoughts on “Château de Versailles, Île-de-France, France

  1. Versailles is such a beautiful place. I went back in October and that seemed to be a perfect time to go. It wasn’t swarming with people how I know it can be. The weather is a bit cooler but still very comfortable. Also, if you happen to visit, you can gain free entree into everything if you have a 6 month visa for the EU. Beautiful pictures.

  2. Beautiful shots! 🙂 I remember waiting for 1.5hours when I visited two years ago. It was cold (mid-October) and cloudy, yet the amount of tourists was incredible. Worth the wait, for sure, though I’d recommend visiting during the warmer months, when you get to actually see the gardens – it’s not as lovely and geometrical during the colder months!

    1. 🙂
      justifying my damaged sd card and lost pictures via unproven conspiracy theory, highly influence by watching too much sci-fi 🙂

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