Rush job trip to Palais du Versailles

Versailles Travel Blog

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Versailles entrance - this will be one noisy crowded touristy experience for sure!

Oh Versailles! France's biggest Palace and the biggest tourist attraction in the country - infact it's said more people visit this place than go atop the Eiffel Tower. And on reaching Versailles, first thing that ran through my head was "duh, should've come here earlier in the day". But no harm, it was about 330pm and I had about 2.5 hours to see this place.

This place refers to a big, big chateau, and a garden that goes on forever. Infact, as you get down from the train station and start walking towards the palace, you realise this is a city that's come into its own. Infact, it seemed very charming until you walk up to the actual chateau itself, and what do you see? Buses, buses, buses. And hoardes of people. So many people, it's a sea. You'd think people were leaving a game or something!

The biggest highlight of this place, and hence the first stop were the Gardens.

Ahem... Kodak moment *click*
They stretch and stretch, a staircase leading up to a fountain, leading up to another staircase, leading up to another fountain. There are mazes, and little enclaves, and all of them's got fountains. You've got musical fountains, fountains with statues in gold, fountains painted gold. It's just a never ending fantasy land with green and fountains thrown in. One can ideally spend 2-3 hours, but sadly I couldn't as the palace was closing at 6pm.

So off it was to the Palace, visited by 2.3million visitors each year. Given how late it was, some rooms were being shut down. The Palace again is grand - I won't say anything that I haven't said before, but the touristy Hall of Mirrors is the big draw here. It has 17 arched windows, golden statues placed by each side, golden walls and decorations, the works.

Latona fountain
The Royal Apartments including the bed rooms were also wonderful, but again, nothing we haven't seen before.

Returned to Paris by 7pm that night - walked along Champs Elysses till sunset, got another view of Arc de Triomphe, and then took photos of Louvre Museum by night, before going back to the hotel - chomping on pizza and wine and falling flat at the stroke of midnight.

I still don't know what to make of Paris though. I mean, I liked it. There are also times I got fed up of it. But it is massive, and definitely warrants another visit, hopefully sometime soon. The Museum Pass was a blessing, great for chance visits and re-visits. And the Metro ain't too shabby either.

Vikram says:
Apparently it is.... even I was surprised. My guess is it's perhaps measurement error. There's no way to "measure" how many people visit the eiffel Tower except those that go atop. With Versailles however, you have to buy a ticket to get in!
Posted on: Jan 28, 2011
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Versailles entrance - this will be…
Versailles entrance - this will b…
Ahem... Kodak moment *click*
Ahem... Kodak moment *click*
Latona fountain
Latona fountain
Latona fountain @ Chateau de Versa…
Latona fountain @ Chateau de Vers…
The Apollo Fountain @ Chateau de V…
The Apollo Fountain @ Chateau de …
The Encelade Gove @ Chateau de Ver…
The Encelade Gove @ Chateau de Ve…
The Encelade Gove @ Chateau de Ver…
The Encelade Gove @ Chateau de Ve…
Courtyard
Courtyard
The church inside
The church inside
The Royal apartments
The Royal apartments
Love this photo - speaks volumes o…
Love this photo - speaks volumes …
View of the gardens and the pyrami…
View of the gardens and the pyram…
Hall of Mirrors
Hall of Mirrors
More overcoloured bedrooms!
More overcoloured bedrooms!
The kings bedroom - colour me jea…
The king's bedroom - colour me je…
the gardens
the gardens
Side view of the Chateau
Side view of the Chateau
Entrance to the Chateau
Entrance to the Chateau
Arc de Triomphe
Arc de Triomphe
Louvre by night, one of my favouri…
Louvre by night, one of my favour…
The Louvre Museum
The Louvre Museum
Vegetable pizza and wine
Vegetable pizza and wine
And Creme brulée - the Last suppe…
And Creme brulée - the Last supp…
Versailles
photo by: EmyG