Versailles

Growing up with Disney and the Princesses, I’ve always wanted to see palaces and have been curious on how it would be like to live in one. Being a reader, I gravitate to fantastical and historical stories involving mighty cruel villains, charming yet mysterious princes, strong and beautiful heroines set in magical lands – all wrapped up in the typical happy ending. (“Far off places, daring sword fights, magic spells, a prince in disguise!” – Belle, from Beauty and the Beast) Being a bit of a romantic, I kind of wanted to be in a fairy tale.

I’ve always wanted to see Paris – the romanticized City of Light, and Versailles, with the Chateau and the Gardens where French royalty once presided. Versailles is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. So, it was no surprise that my historically curious romantic self was quite giddy on this day. I tried to reign the excitement in a bit, but I couldn’t help but be in awe of what I saw.

As it is a very touristy place, it was expected to be very crowded and… it was. The line just to the entrance was a mile long so we purchased a skip-the-line tour that lets you skip the line (duh). The tour package also had audio guides that narrated bits of information about each room  inside the palace. It was all very interesting – to see the walls, the paintings, the furniture, the history! It was magnificent, opulent and quite overwhelming. It was just too much of everything that I couldn’t comprehend how all that came to be, hundreds of years ago, because of man (and man’s desires).

The tickets we booked also included access to the gardens which we went to first. On a side note, it would be amazing to have photo shoots there! Speaking of photos, here are some that I took on our day trip to Versailles. Please note the captions. 🙂

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This was outside the train station. Most buildings looked like this – like there was a theme all over!
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Cobble stones – pretty for pictures, bad for walking on.

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When in France, have crepes for lunch – Le Carré aux Crêpes!
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They had set meals – with cider!
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The set meal includes a choice of savory crepe, “savoury galettes”.

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The set meal had a choice of dessert, too. This one was for my niece’s kid’s meal.
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Of course, creme brulee!
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Chateau de Versailles
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Jardin de Versailles
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Hello, fellow tourists! Let’s explore the gardens! These gardens were huge! We were given a map and we didn’t even get to go to all parts because there was no time.

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It was raining that day. Thanks to the handy umbrellas from our Airbnb hosts! 🙂
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had a bit of fun channeling Mary Poppins with the umbrella

waiting for our tour of the Palace
Looks rich, non?

mirror selfie in the Hall of Mirrors
Gold, gold, gold.
Lots of gold trimming

Totally unexpected! Laduree by the gift shops! Ahh!
Nothing like macarons to end the tour! See my extra happy face.
Our day didn’t end there. Here’s a peak on where we went to next! Any guesses? It’s quite obvious.
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