Paris Day Trip: Palace of Versailles

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One of the truly wonderful things about Paris is its proximity to beautiful sights. One of the most well known is the World Heritage entitled Palace of Versailles which has become an emblem of French royalty and extravagance. The palace is an architectural marvel and the manicured grounds only mirror its magnificence.  This guide will help you make the most of your time there and ensure you don’t miss a few of the hidden gems that lie within those beautiful gardens.

Palace of Versailles, France

Hire a buggy

The grounds of the palace are enormous but they are so beautiful that it would be an awful shame to miss them. You can cover much more ground with a buggy plus it’s a very fun way to get around without the constraints of a tour guide. 32€ an hour.

Palace of Versailles, France

Don’t miss le Petit Trianon

Located a little distance from the main palace you’ll find Marie Antoinette’s quarters where she would come for peace and privacy. The buildings itself is stunning with its rose marbled columns, feminine touches throughout and a terrace leading to the French gardens. It’s easy to see why this little escape provided so much joy to the heavily burdened queen.

Palace of Versailles, France

Get there early

The palace of Versailles is one of the most notorious attractions in France therefore can get very overcrowded. To beat the hoards of tourists, get there well before it opens and be the first in line.

Palace of Versailles, France

Bring a picnic

Whilst there is a selection of restaurants at the palace, it’s so much more enjoyable sitting in the gardens and eating outside rather than in a stuffy restaurant. Fill a basket with a baguette, cheese and other French treats for a simple yet delightful lunch.

Hall of Mirrors

Photo by Wikipedia

The hall of mirrors

The epitome of French opulence; three hundred and fifty-seven mirrors line the gold-adorned hall and crystal chandeliers hang from the ceiling.

Angelina tea room

Tea break at Angelina

Grab a sweet treat from the much-celebrated tearoom Angelina. The array of divine pastries on show mirrors the elegance of the palace. As Marie Antoinette once said: Let them eat cake!

Palace of Versailles, France

Boat on the lake

One of the most romantic ways to spend your time at the palace. It’s often the extra activities that make a day stay in your memory for a long time and hiring a boat and gliding over the lake with the breathtaking castle in the background will be one of those moments that will be etched in your mind for years to come.

Palace of Versailles, France

Fêtes galantes

One night of the year, the palace offers guests the unique opportunity to relive a moment in French royal history. The Hall of Mirrors comes back to life and is filled with baroque dancing, music and guests dressed to impress in obligatory costume. If it so happens that you’re in Paris on 1st June you must not miss this masquerade ball to remember.

Photography and words by Faye Bullock

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    Jessica Mayhew
    August 7, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    Versailles is well worth a visit

    August 6, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    If you visit Versailles and the Palace, you HAVE to make a trip to the Hamlet, it’s the most beautiful part! Here’s my visit to Hameau de la Reine (The Queen’s hamlet)

    Beth | Adventuring the Great Wide Somewhere
    August 6, 2015 at 9:10 am

    I’m returning from a France/Italy trip on May 28. I so wish I had known about that ball before booking my tickets! These are some great tips – it makes me even more excited to visit the palace for the first time!

    Alisha Paul
    August 5, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    Much obliged to you for the counsel! Going to Versailles tomorrow and this data is exactly what I required! 🙂

    Clipping Path Outsource
    August 5, 2015 at 11:21 am

    Versailles is supper and natural too.
    Thanks for nice post.

    August 5, 2015 at 9:42 am

    The Palace of Versailles is one of my favourite places in France. My host family took me there one weekend when I was in exchange and I fell in love with the beauty of the whole place.

    We went in the middle of winter which really helped because the crowds were no where near as bad as they get during the summer! But that meant seeing the gardens were a little bit harder because it was freezing!

    Leonie Parker
    August 5, 2015 at 12:48 am

    I would love to go here. So much history and beauty

    Leonie ♥

    August 4, 2015 at 10:58 am

    Thank you for the advice! Going to Versailles tomorrow and this info is just what I needed! 🙂

    August 4, 2015 at 7:23 am

    Paris is on the top of my list to visit! I desperately need to see all of the wonderful sights it has to offer, and this post has only confirmed it. All of your tips will come in handy when the time comes for sure.

    Georgina x

    Jennifer @ This Off Script Life
    August 4, 2015 at 4:52 am

    In the few times I’ve been to Paris, I’ve still never made it out to Versailles. I need to get there to see the beautiful French gardens and famous Hall of Mirrors.

    August 3, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    In summer, you can even drink an orange juice in the gardens, made with the oranges of the Palace of Versailles Orangery. A little expensive (around 3€) but definitively a must!

    Camilla @ Summer Isn't Over
    August 3, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    All great tips… Versailles was my local town this past year and I love it so much 🙂 It’s especially great in winter when there aren’t such huge crowds and you can enjoy long walks around the gardens and then treat yourself to a hot chocolate at Angelina!

    August 3, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    Versailles is one of my favourite places, and reason enough to visit Paris on its own! 🙂 Angelina is a must, and renting a boat on the lake makes for a great photo op 🙂

    August 3, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    I’ve been to Paris a couple of times and am yet to visit there. Beautiful post. Thanks for sharing!

    August 3, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    I’ve always wanted to visit this palace but since I haven’t been able to take a trip to France yet, I decided to look for places around me that kinda resemble it and I was so happy to discover one in Moscow.
    I still wanna go to Paris though. 🙂 <3

    August 3, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    While I’ve been to Paris 4 times now, I still haven’t visited Versailles.. definitely on my bucketlist!

    August 3, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    A great idea is to take a guided tour through the private rooms of the palace. Not only will you see very beautiful part of the complex with additional commentary (royal opera!), but also after the tour you will be able to get to the public space without waiting in line! I’ve had a great time and unforgettable experience.

    Hannie Blaise
    August 3, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    omg, so stunning!