A visit to Versailles

We took the train out from Paris to the nearby palace of Versailles.  Built by French royalty in the 1600’s, it is now a UNESCO World Heritage site and museum/tourist destination.  We spent the whole day here exploring, beginning with an exhibition on the sculptures at Versailles before exploring the lavish rooms and the famous Hall of Mirrors.  I (Karen) had been to Versailles before, but it was even more grand than I had remembered it being and I was very impressed!

 

Some of the crowds outside
Some of the crowds outside

 

Reubs outside Versailles
Reubs outside Versailles

 

Looking at one of the amazing ceiling murals
Looking at one of the amazing ceiling murals

 

The Hall of Mirrors - hard to photograph with so many people
The Hall of Mirrors – hard to photograph with so many people

 

After a picnic lunch on the steps outside the palace, we explored the gardens and the outer buildings, including the Grand and Petit Trianon. The gardens were not at their most impressive during winter – lots of them were shut up and most of the statues had coverings over them – but it was still lovely to wander around these vast gardens. There are 800 hectares of gardens, and you can even rent golf carts and bicycles to explore them. Being on a budget, we just walked!  This was a really easy daytrip to do from Paris and definitely worth doing independently rather than as part of a tour.

 

View from the back of Versailles
View from the back of Versailles

 

Some of the statues wrapped for winter
Some of the statues wrapped for winter

 

Still beautiful - a fountain in winter
Still beautiful – a fountain in winter

 

In the Trianon
In the Trianon

 

Reflections as we wandered
Reflections as we wandered

 

Moments like these make me loathe swans.
Moments like these make me loathe swans.

 

 

 

 

 

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Aunty Moira says:

    It’s an awesome place !

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  2. murray says:

    I agree on the swan part. There were always some evil ones at lake rotorua! Cool photos of the murals on the ceilings. Pretty spectatulor!

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  3. Mum Bunn says:

    That pink upholstery in the Trianon is striking! Do you think their designers could help me with my (re) upholstery project?

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