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.
A 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.
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.
I 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