Around the World in 14 Days: An Afternoon at the Château de Versailles

Versailles is a respectable, upper-income suburb with tasty bakeries and a lovely Waldorf-Astoria, but the real reason to go as a tourist is for the Château, once the home of the French royal family. The gigantisme of the house is actually outdone by the estate, which features a replica farm, Le Petit Hameau, installed by  Marie Antoinette, a mile-long plus Grand Canal, a marbled hunting lodge where JFK once stayed – Le Grand Trianon, gardens beyond gardens, an additional small palace for Mrs. Antoinette – Le Petit Trianon, and many hectares of forest with bike paths and hiking trails.

I thought I’d just do a photo post, since this is one of the places in the world where words don’t measure up and even pictures are just a cropped reality. My friend and I didn’t bother to go inside – the interior is brillant and ridiculous and beautiful, by the way – and still had a great time outside traversing the estate walking and on rented, modestly priced bicycles. I suggest you do the same!

Tons of tour buses parked on the front drive

Tons of tour buses parked on the front drive

The exterior of the Hall of Mirrors.

The exterior of the Hall of Mirrors.

Looking though a hollowed out tree trunk at the castle. Guess what? Still enormous!

Looking though a hollowed out tree trunk at the castle. Guess what? Still enormous!

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Imposing.

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Good French dirt.

Le Grand Canal

Le Grand Canal

Poseidon

Poseidon

There are lots of postcard  pictures available to take.

There are lots of postcard pictures available to take.

The main wing of the chateau

The main wing of the chateau

South Gardens

South Gardens

The long view of the South Garden

A nice south garden panorama

The Harry Potter hedge entrance at Versailles

The Harry Potter hedge entrance at Versailles

A lovely spot for families.

A lovely spot for families.

This is  a bicycle/walking path to Le Grand Trianon

This is a bicycle/walking path to Le Grand Trianon

Lost, and somehow, not.

Lost, and somehow, not.

The view from the end of Le Grand Canal to Versailles

The view from the end of Le Grand Canal to Versailles

La grande vue.

La grande vue.

Versailles isn't fun without friends!

Versailles isn’t fun without friends!

Back to the bike drop.

Back to the bike drop.

All gold everything.

All gold everything.

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  1. Pingback: Around the World in 14 Days: The Trianon Palace Versailles by Waldorf-Astoria | The Window Suite

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