As promised, I am sharing my photos and experience at the Palace of Versailles with you guys today. I originally intended to have this all part of the Paris post, but, well, there were just too many photos! Without further ado...
We headed out of Paris on a Sunday to take in the Palace of Versailles. The trip was a bit confusing to navigate, but we managed to figure it out by going up to the information desk at the various train stations about a million times. Never be afraid to ask for help or for directions – lesson learned. We arrived around noon and saw the largest line I have ever seen awaiting us. It curved in an ‘S’ like shape all across the gigantic courtyard of the palace. We waited in line for about two hours total – the longest line I have ever been a part of. You can get a glimpse of it below.
The most unfortunate bit of that wait was that it rained for most of it. Some street vendors made a killing, selling all of us crabby and wet tourists some umbrellas. We finally made it into the palace and, while the lines sadly continued inside, it was absolutely beautiful. It was definitely worth seeing once – the opulence was just incredible. So much gold and so many chandeliers. It’s crazy to believe that people, albeit royalty, actually lived there.
Here is just a portion of the exterior of the palace. So much detail work, especially with all of the gold!
I have this thing with doors.
The church in the palace - where Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were married.
A view of some of the gardens from inside the palace. I love how unique the door handles are!
I just loved the gray marble in this room below.
And for the most famous room in the palace... the Hall of Mirrors.
Then finally, Marie Antoinette's bedchamber. I think she may have had a thing for gold - just a guess.
And to end, some more gold ceiling details.
All in all, it was quite something to see it all firsthand. While I am so glad that we went, even with the lines and the rain, it's probably not something I'd go back to see. Sadly, we didn't get a chance to see much of the gardens, what with the weather being what it was, but the experience was enough for me.
Think you could live with so much gold in your home? :)
Have an amazing Wednesday!