Exploring Versailles: A Day Trip from Paris

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The Palace of Versailles, or Château de Versailles as they call it in France, is just a short 45-minute train ride from Paris – and probably my most recommended thing to do while in Paris. Yes, Paris does have some beautiful attractions, but Versailles was the most beautiful place I have ever seen in my life.

First of all, it is HUGE. The entire estate spans 17 acres. And we walked all of it. Just kidding, I don’t think we covered even half of it. If you’re planning a trip to Versailles, plan to stay the entire day. You’ll be walking a lot, so wear comfortable shoes. The first stop is the main palace, but we actually skipped that. The line was extremely long. Like definitely hundreds of people were waiting. Ain’t nothing worth that ish. We decided to go directly into the gardens, which were incredibly stunning. I can’t even put it into words, and sadly I don’t think even pictures do it justice!

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Our next stop was the restaurant for lunch. We ate charcuterie, salad, and pasta. And of course washed it all down with some rosé. What a dream! After our relaxing al fresco lunch, we wandered through the maze garden. It was so cool to imagine what it must have been like way back when Marie Antoinette wandered these same gardens. Speaking of, we headed over to her estate, thePetit Trianon, after the maze garden. The Petit Trianon was pretty, but paled in comparison to The Grand Trianon, which was by far my favorite of all of Versailles. I did enjoy the garden area, pictured below:

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After the Petit Trianon, we headed to the Grand Trianon. It was our last stop and we all absolutely loved it. First of all, it’s mainly pink. Amazing! Secondly, there is marble everywhere and each room is a different color. As you walk up to the building, there is a large gold gate. Everything about this place just oozes elegance. The architecture is incredible and the details are stunning. We don’t make buildings like these anymore, which is partially why they’re so special. But also because history, ha.

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After the Grand Trianon, we felt satisfied with our visit. On our way out, we discovered there were swans in one of the many pond/fountains – so cute! We spent about six hours at Versailles, leaving around 4pm. On our way out, the line to the main palace was actually gone, but we were too exhausted to go in. Next time!

Have you ever been to Versailles? What was your favorite part?

Photos by Lauren Price.