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!