Rush job trip to Palais du Versailles
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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.
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.
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.