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Europe » France » Île-de-France » Versailles July 12th 2014

July 12, 2014 - Versailles - Wendy and considered today to be one of the reasons for our trip, and we were putting in a lot of research to get just the right tour to satisfy us. Both of us are very well-read on the history of France that was influenced by this Chateau, and the people involved in this period, so we were wanting a tour that would provide us with a good and knowledgeable guide. We looked at the very expensive tour, 375 euros per person, but decided there was no way we could justify it…We wrote letters, phone calls were made, all options were considered in making the booking, and still we got it wrong. But more on that later… The tour left from the Tuileries area at 8:45 AM, and we were ... read more
Hall of Mirrors
Chocolate Fondant

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Versailles November 15th 2013

Marie Antoinette has been a royal I have spent a few school projects studying so a day trip to her famous palace in Versailles was a must see. It took us a while to figure out what metro and train we needed in order to reach the outskirts Paris and eventually Versailles. Thankfully though we asked a hotel for help that was able to give us a map of Paris that became very useful for the rest of our weekend stay. The train ride only took a half an hour before it stopped completely. We walked across the street and around the corner where we saw the gold of the palace around the gates and the roof. It might have been a muggy day but this made it all better. We walked up the brick road ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Versailles October 2nd 2013

Here are my photos on Chateau Versailles... read more
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Europe » France » Île-de-France » Versailles August 10th 2013

Day three in Paris and we headed off to the Chateau de Versailles as planned. We did our homework and between the internet and the hotel concierge we worked out which train we would need to catch to get to Versailles. All good except when we got to the station at Musee d'Orsay it was closed . . . for maintenance works. Awesome. Our good fortune was an Australian passer by who must have heard our accents and seen our forlorn faces. He suggested we walk to the next station at Invalides which, although some distance away, would deliver us to Versaille without having to change trains. So, weary from the previous two days of trekking around Paris, off we went. The station was an experience all of its own. There were ticket machines everywhere and ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Versailles July 28th 2013

On 25 June, we got up and had breakfast at the same time as the previous day and left for Versailles Palace at 9 o’clock. We took the overground train from Austerlitz. The SNCF over ground train offered double decker cars. The train for Versailles Rive Gauche was full. As anticipated, all of the passengers including group of young children headed for Versailles Palace. Although we had valid museum passes, we weren’t offered the priority entry and had to join a long, long queue for the palace. Versailles Palace is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Paris, receiving more than 3-4 million visitors per year. However, there was only one entry for the palace for individual visitors. The staff were checking whether the people were carrying the valid tickets, as well as the contents ... read more


Europe » France » Île-de-France » Versailles June 25th 2013

Today we spent a day at the Palace and Gardens of Versailles. We had a bit of a challenging start to the day by not finding the correct train station, which caused us to arrive an hour later than we had planned. Once we arrived to the overwhelming crowds and grounds the two smaller palaces were closed till noon. In addition we a 1hour 49 minute wait to get into the Chateaux (the Louie XIV palace)....yes that is correct!!! Rick Steves was right, this place is a zoo. But we did it and it was totally worth it. All that practice line waiting in disney world really paid off. We attached some pictures of this opulent massive palace. The grounds and gardens were beautifully kept and picturesque. It was certainly worth it and a full day ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Versailles May 28th 2013

Questions for the day...why do you need to put a spoon in a diet coke?? Why do you need to put a straw in a cappuccino??? We think that the cappuccino one is for the froth....the other no idea.... Today was a big train inter change ...we had to change three times and yay we made it, there and back....We arrived at Versailles Rive Gauche.We weren't the only tourists, there was quite a few...actually when one guy asked directions to the Palace of Versailles, everyone else followed him...too bad if he was going somewhere else or if he was directionally challenged....The walk as per train station instructions was walk five minutes and turn left...left where? No street name...Anyway 15 minutes later...we keep following the group...yes there was a group following the first guy...we felt like we ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Versailles May 2nd 2013

Versailles. Back on the bus we were joined by a local guide who would take us to Versailles, a trip I was eager to make. In a lecture in his series "A History of European Art," Professor William Kloss gives a very interesting review of the history of the creation of the Palace of Versailles. Typical of much of the bizarre antics of French royalty – which eventually led to their extermination – this was a story of deceit, corruption and egomania. It appears that Louis XIV, the Sun King, had a Superintendent of Finance named Nicolas Fouquet. Using finances of questionable origin, Fouquet decided to build for himself the extravagant “Grand Chateau Vaux de Vicome,” using the finest architects, landscapers and interior decorators in France. He hosted a grand housewarming to open the Chateau and ... read more
The Hall of Mirrors
Traffic along the Seine

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Versailles March 24th 2013

Another first for us this the time to Paris is visiting Versailles. It is about 10 miles south of Paris and is reached by taking the RER train (part of the metro system). We got up fairly early to ensure that with travel time we would be there shortly after opening. Versailles was the King's residence for Louis XIV, XV, and XVI up to the French Revolution. Louis the XVI was married to Marie Antoinette who had her own small estate on the property as well. The train was packed with fellow tourists heading that way and now is a good time to mention that today is quite quite cold. The wind is blowing, there is no sun (that classic French gray sky!), and it is about 40 but with the wind colder. We arrived and ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Versailles November 22nd 2012

July 28th: Fairly early start; the crowds start early at Versailles. The lady at the bakery gave me change for €10 instead of €20, when I pointed this out she offered me a bag (?) somebody in the queue translated what I was saying in much clearer French and the matter was resolved… hopefully just a communication breakdown rather than “rip the tourist off” she did seem like a nice lady, lacking in ripabillity, but then one never can tell. For some reason there are lots of soldiers at the station, soldiers with automatic weapons. Now guns generally make me nervous, but BLOODY BIG GUNS make me very nervous indeed! ~Later~ Went to ask someone which tube to take to get to Versailles and as luck would have it, the people I asked were heading there ... read more
The inconstant gardener
Marie's hamlet

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