The palace of Versailles is 20km from Paris and is a short train journey. We all boarded the train (with slight hangovers after my first night in Paris for my hens do) to Versailles, the trains roof had been decorated like the ceilings from the palace and it the carriages also had been named by different rooms. Once you arrive at the town of Versailles it is 10 minute walk to the actual palace but there is a steady stream of tourists if you don’t know the way.
There was no queue at Versailles as we had pre purchased tickets and we walked straight in. You are sent on a specific route around the palace and at first this was quite frustrating as it was very busy. There was a bit of pushing and shoving and cameras in your face but once you are past the initial rooms this surpasses. The rooms were incredibly grand, each room had spectacular paintings on the ceilings and the marble floors were amazing. I particularly liked the ‘Queens Room’ which was totally decorated in floral. From the walls to the bed sheets and the chairs it was completely floral.
The hall of mirrors at Versailles was also very impressive. The evening before Kayne West and Kim Kardashian had hosted their pre wedding party so as you can imagine all of us girls were just a little excited to be in there. it was a long hall with mirrors down one side and windows overlooking the manicured gardens on the other side. It was completely decorated with the most incredible chandeliers as well.
We stopped for lunch at the canteen, it was to be expected quite expensive and we ended up eating in a lunch room that reminded me of something we eat in when I take my class on a school trip. After the rain subsided we decided to head out to the gardens of Versailles which were my favourite part of the day. I can’t begin to describe how much land there was but too much to walk in one day. There were fountains galore and many statues as well. I will let the pictures do the talking on this one as I really can’t describe how gorgeous it was.
Unfortunately the rain came once again and when I say rain I mean thunderstorm, there was no shelter anywhere so we decided it was a good time to leave. I really enjoyed my visit and it compared a lot to Hampton Court Palace but it was bigger and better.
If you have been to Paris before and seen all of the big sites this is the perfect day trip out to the Palace of Versailles. The train was €7.50 for the return train trip and the price for the entrance to the palace and the gardens was €25. For me it was money well spent I only wish it hadn’t rained so I could’ve seen even more of the gardens.