our trip to paris was short and sweet. we'd both been a number of times before, but couldn't help
wanting to go back, even just briefly, to experience it again together. ben had never been out to
versailles, so that was top of my list. the last time i had been was when i was 16 or so, and i was
hoping it was just as magical as i had remembered it in my head. it was one of our longest
days on the trip (walking over 15 miles!) but well worth it.
we made a full day of it, leaving paris by 7am, and not getting back until almost 6pm. we started with the palace, a must - even if you don't like museums. we then strolled through the gardens, grabbed a
picnic lunch, and then headed out to the trianon and the hamlet (subsequent estates built by
royalty). i mean, the grounds are just massive and so elaborate. the grand and the petit trianon were
actually somewhat refreshing after seeing the magnitude of the palace. we also wandered through the
gardens and countryside until we stumbled upon marie antoinette's estate. it was just lovely.
a royal version of what peasant life would have looked like. super charming. and finally,
we had planned to be in versailles for 'fountain day' which is somewhat of a spectacle.
all the fountains around the grounds turn on a number of times throughout the day putting
on lovely shows alongside classical music blaring in every corner of the park.
it really was fun! even if my feet did hurt by the end of the day! :)
my handsome tour guide
hall of mirrors - my fave room
the gardens, part 1
modern art distortion...
the manicuring is ridiculous!
looking back at the palace
the grand canal
the grand trianon
strolling through the gardens
temple of love
marie antoinette's estate aka 'hamlet'
now for the fountains :)
ben loved it :)