Journey with Javvy to France: Versailles

While you are visiting the lovely city of Paris, plan for a day trip to Versailles. It is a 30 minute train ride out of the city and worth every minute of it! When you arrive to Versailles, walk to the right out of the train station and you will come across a few cafes. Pick up a sandwich and walk around a bit before heading to the palace. Everyone you were on that train with will be rushing to the palace, but take your time! 

Make sure you get a ticket to visit both the interior of the Palace and the gardens. If you are stretched for time, the gardens line is usually shorter and just go there for pure serenity in these perfectly planned out gardens and eat your sandwich on the many benches throughout the grounds. Inside of the chateau you will be enriched with art, history and loads of gold. Get your camera ready!

While walking through the palace, I remember thinking, what it must have been like to attend a party there. A time when people wore the most beautiful dresses and suits rather than ripped up denim shorts to a party, a time when there were no cell phones and people were actually PRESENT at a party. That sounds like it is more my cup of tea! Teleport time? I am getting off track, now on to the gardens.

This was my second trip to Versailles so I wanted to make the most of my time in the gardens so I brought a journal and began to write. As you can tell, I LOVE to write, so I wanted to utilize my gorgeous surroundings to inspire me to write down my goals. I wrote for hours and it was an incredible feeling to have the air blowing through my hair, have hundreds of tourists around me, yet all I was focused on were the sounds of the birds and my pen writing. I highly suggest this to anyone going to the gardens, you may just produce the best goal list you have ever come up with.

As far as what to wear, try opting for something loose and comfortable and wear sneakers if possible. Sneakers just did not go with my outfit here, but after hours of walking, my feet were craving my Nike sneaks. You can also rent golf carts that have a recorded tour guide that will take you throughout the grounds. Or rent a bike somewhere in the city, but I do want to note they do not rent bikes on the property. You will have to look up a place to rent them prior to heading there.

If you are feeling romantic, rent a boat and convince your significant other to row you two through the lake. It is so beautiful and serene. As romantic as my guy can be at times, he looked at me like I was a crazy person for thinking he would row the boat for an hour for us and sweat profusely through his clothes. I am still mad he did not do it, but I guess he is right, sweating through your clothes and sitting on a train ride for 30 minutes would not be nice for him and for me. 

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If you are feeling romantic, rent a boat and convince your significant other to row you two through the lake. It is so beautiful and serene. As romantic as my guy can be at times, he looked at me like I was a crazy person for thinking he would row the boat for an hour for us and sweat profusely through his clothes. I am still mad he did not do it, but I guess he is right, sweating through your clothes and sitting on a train ride for 30 minutes would not be nice for him and for me. 

 

There is something you learn while traveling with another person, it is that you must both adapt, be patient and have the same goal in mind; to relax and enjoy yourselves. My boyfriend and I are both very lucky that we are fantastic at traveling together. Throughout this #journeywithjavvy to Europe series, I will share the amazing parts of our trip, and the crazy parts, like when we got locked out of our room and slept in the rain. But to be honest, these memories are so beautiful, even the bad ones make me smile, because we worked through them together. My advice to you is to find someone who can travel with you and can bear with you when you are hungry. Now that is real love.

Now do not forget to catch the train around 6 or 7pm and head back into town for aperitif!

xo

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