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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.