The first time I went to Paris, I went to Versailles with my friend Alicia from Frugal Gal Finds, but we got there too late and could only see the gardens. This time around, I vowed to make sure I actually got to see inside the palace, and WOW. Just wow! I couldn’t take it. I’ve always had a thing for the Marie-Antoinette opulent “style” so to speak, so it was an absolute dream to finally be able to see the inside of the château.
But before we get to the inside…let’s talk about the gardens. I’ve still never had the opportunity to see the gardens in full bloom, but I can only imagine how gorgeous they must be. Even with the trees bare, you can tell just how much care and maintenance goes into keeping the gardens in pristine condition.
I don’t know if you can tell, but on the wall on the left side of the picture is the hidden door Marie-Antoinette used to escape from the mob storming her room. And look at all that gold! And all of the detail! *swoon*
I’m so, so, SO glad I was able to finally see the inside of the palace. You need a full day to see the palace and the gardens in their entirety, so keep that in mind whenever you make plans to visit. To get to Versailles, you can take the RER train C towards Versailles – Rive Gauche. From the train stop, the palace is about a 5 to 7 minute walk. Don’t buy your tickets from the “official” tourist office, buy them from the actual palace. It’ll save you about 5 Euro. Ticket prices are €15 for the palace alone, and include an audio guide for your visit. If you’d like to visit the Trianon Palaces and Marie-Antoinette’s Estate, that’s €10. I think there’s some sort of discount if you buy them together, but I’m not sure.
Versailles is one of those places that is well worth the Euro. If you ever find yourself in Paris, you gotta go!