One of the most remarkable parts of my journey in Paris was taking the train to Versailles and seeing the famous Palace of Versailles. The Palace of Versailles, is a royal château in the Île-de-France region of France. In French, it is known as the Château de Versailles. This palace is unlike anything I have ever seen with my own eyes. It was without a doubt one of the most beautiful places I have visited. There is so much to do there and I am very excited to share with you all of my insider tips.
Insider tip: Don't worry about packing a picnic beforehand. Just bring a small blanket to lay on and go to the cafe that is to the right of the entrance. It is right off of the street before you get to the golden gated entrance. The tuna and chicken sandwiches were definitely the best! If you hate mayo, make sure you ask for no mayo, otherwise the French love adding on loads of it to your sandwiches! The quality of the meat and fish there was amazing and the baguette is even tastier! Take your handy-dandy blanket and park yourselves anywhere in this place. But I do suggest doing it by the lake. You will not be disappointed.
There are two options you are given when you get to the gates. You can purchase a ticket to view the museum inside of the palace which is filled with gorgeous art, or your can decide to just view the grounds. Insider tip: Both have a fee, but I highly suggest you see both if you have the time for it. You can truly spend your entire day there. Go on the Versailles website and see when the ballet is. If you happen to be traveling to France when the palace has a ballet show, I sure hope you make sure you get a ticket to see it.
I loved learning about the history behind this château and was surprised to hear that this is not just a tourist attraction, the Hall of Mirrors within the palace still serves political functions. Heads of state are regaled in the Hall of Mirrors to make amendments to the French Constitution. Cool right!?
The grounds are what you see in your dreams when you are dreaming of fairytales and butterflies. Note to all guys, if you plan on proposing, do it here. No girl on this planet would ever be disappointed! I have never seen so many perfectly lined trees, an endless maze of shrubs, the most colorful bloomed flowers and a serene lake that was probably used in the movie The Notebook, until I visited this place. It gets more special, you can rent a row boat and row through this spectacular lake! If you love tours, you can rent a golf cart that has a voice recorded tour guide attached (that way you can tour the gardens without getting your feet tired)! If you are not into that, find a local spot in Versailles that rents bikes. That is the only thing that I wish we had that day, an opportunity to bike through the grounds.
Fashion wise, I wore something loose and comfortable. A floral high-waisted skirt, gladiator sandals that I placed Dr. Scholl's arch support stickies in and an off-the-shoulder top. Make sure to wear sunglasses, the sun is blaring out in Versailles!
Hope you enjoyed my insider tips for your next travel to Versailles!