Château de Versailles – The Palace of Oppulance

0147dcf8f738e448cd3068a7c8d63ebc5945ecc29e A trip to Paris would be incomplete without a day trip to the Palace of Versailles. Due to the fact that I love history, I learned that Louis XIII first built a hunting lodge in the Château’s location after being invited to the area to hunt. His successor, Louis XIV continued to transform the once hunting lodge into the beautiful 18th-Century Château through a series of four stages that were contributed by Louis XV, and Louis XVI.

01304730166be66bea2dcb475cb6bf0769eb11aef5The French Revolution forced Louis XVI and his wife,  Queen Marie Antoinette to the country’s capital where they were ultimately beheaded,  and eventually the Château was turned into a museum.

IMG_2743The gardens surrounding the Château average 6 million visitors annually, and are just as impressive as the Château itself.

IMG_2681A massive grand canal that once housed gondolas, which were a gift from the Doge of Venice allows for leisurely pedal boating. We bundled up and braved the rain in order to enjoy a portion of the 87,728,720 square feet of trees, fountains, streams, vineyards, and flowers.

Warmer days allow for picnicking, strolling, and dining at the outdoor cafes. A long walk through the gardens leads to the Petit Trianon and the Queens Hamlet, a rustic retreat with cottages, mill wheels, and streams.  IMG_2735

IMG_2595It’s nearly impossible to pick a favorite room in the Château, however, The Hall of Mirrors, mostly used for celebrations, is the most anticipated room by visitors.

Equally impressive are L’ Opera, the opulent apartments, and the Museum of the History of France, where paintings of battles depict notable military episodes including those of Napoleon and Joan of Arc.

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01840a4d1439af780947539ce3b2c6af7d5b664042I can only marginally begin to touch on the vast history, architecture, and social importance of the magnificent Château, but I can tell you that it is most definitely worth the visit. It is easy to get to from Paris by taking the 20 minute long ride on the RER C-Train to its final stop, and following the crowd a couple of blocks. Get  there early because the line gets very long. Bon voyage!

– A sweet only journey



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