Friday, August 31, 2012

Versailles is Love

Garden at Versailles

Sleeping In Europe
Hall of Mirrors

Queen's Room


King's Room

so many tourists....

If you have an extra day in Paris, one of the best excursions would be going to the palace and garden of Versailles.This will just take you a 45 minute train ride from Paris City Centre.  A ticket will just cost you about 6 Euros roundtrip. The entrance fee to Versailles is about 13 Euros. Versailles is really different from Paris since it is very clean and there are few gypsies roaming around the area. This place is a must see since you will get to learn so much from the History of France.  You will learn how their leader’s used the money of the people to beautify their kingdom even though they are just 5 people living in the palace.  In the end the people will also thank their leader, because now it is a tourist attraction.  It would take you more than a day to really see the whole of palace and garden of Versailles the best advice would be to go there early and not wait for the long lines ahead. 

This spectacular chateau, built in King Louis XIV's reign in 1664, who transformed Versailles from a modest hunting lodge into one of the largest royal palace in Europe.  It was the royal residence of King Louis XIV and Queen Marie Antoinette for more than a century.  It is not one of the oldest chateaus but it exemplifies the essence of a royal palace more than any other palace.

One of the must- see places inside Versailles is the Statement Apartment which is decorated with gold and marble. Another one is the Queen’s room; this is the most extravagant room I’ve ever seen which a woman has ever lived in. You must also go to the Hall of Mirrors, which you can learn the history of the French Revolution. The last but definitely not the least is the Gardens which is the best part of Versailles which is perfectly constructed. 

Travel Tips:
-Come Early
-Beware of Pickpockets
-Don’t bother getting an audio guide since there are already small explanations for every part of the palace.
-Take lots of pictures
-Read about the history of France.

Chateau de Versailles
20 Kilometres southwest of Paris
Telephone Number: 0130837800
Operating Hours:
 April to October 09:00-18:30 Tuesday to Sunday
November to March 09:00-17:30 Tuesday to Sunday;
Gardens 08:00-20:30 daily
*Closed on Public Holidays
Entrance Fee:  13 Euros and Free for Young Adults (EU Citizens) ages 26 and Below
By Train: Line C to Versailles- Rive Gauche
By Car: A13 to exit 14 then follow the signs

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