Photo Essay: A Sunny Afternoon at Versailles

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Last week, I shared with you why I think the Paris Museum Pass is an incredible value for tourists. Again, not a sponsored post, I’m just a big fan of saving money and not waiting in long lines all day. Honestly, it’s a no brainer!

One of the attractions that is covered by the pass is the Palace of Versailles which you CANNOT skip. I won’t allow it. However, learn from my mistakes and dedicate a whole day there, especially if it’s a gloriously sunny day! Versailles is a visual feast and should be enjoyed slowly.

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Other than the main palace, there are almost 2,000 acres (!!!) of gardens that house TWO more “smaller” palaces known as the Grand Trianon and Petit Trianon, as well as Marie Antoinette’s cottage estate. These properties provided an escape for the royals from the French Court between 1682 and 1790. A sort of staycation, if you will. Ha. Because lavish parties, feasts, and being surrounded by crystal chandeliers every day can be terribly exhausting. The French Revolution is starting to make a lot of sense now…

Okay, enough rambling, this is a photo essay after all. This was my first visit to Versailles on a sunny day so I felt compelled to share my favorite photos. To quote the film Marie Antoinette, “This, Madam, is Versailles.”

(Cheesy, I know, but it had to be done.)

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I have visited this over-the-top royal château a few times now and still haven’t seen everything. Yes, it is an incredibly popular tourist attraction but please do not let the crowds keep you away. From Paris, it is an affordable and easy 45-minute train journey from several metro stations that run RER trains. If you can, try and visit on a weekday and get there early. The lines do move fast! Also, the palaces close at 6:30 PM but the park remains open until 8:30 PM so no need to rush through the gardens.

Have you visited the Palace of Versailles? What was your experience like? I’d love to know in the comments below!

Happy travels!

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18 comments

  1. Fiona says:

    Wow, Wow and Wow !!! Beautiful photos! I hope to get there some day but through your pics I have had a good peek.Thanks Lauren!
    Fiona x

  2. Ruth says:

    I have forgotten how beautiful Versailles is. The interiors really wowed me when I visited. I didn’t enjoy the gardens that much because it was cold and rainy. But, like you said, it is a place that should be visited.

  3. Jenny Kim says:

    I’m going to Paris next year, and that is one of the destinations I’m planning to visit while I’m there. I hope the crowds won’t be too hectic when I’m there. I also need to check out Disneyland as well and maybe a couple of other museums. I’m excited, and can’t wait to go. Thanks for sharing.

    • Lauren Meshkin says:

      Thanks for reading, Kim! I hope you have a wonderful time. I haven’t been to Disneyland Paris yet but it looks so charming and fun. Feel free to email me if you have any questions 🙂

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