Hall of Mirrors at Versailles

Why visit Versailles? Exploring France’s last royal residence

Three million people visit the Chateau de Versailles every year. A successful visit will include an early start even in winter, patience in queues and battling the inevitable, year-round crowds. The zoo-like atmosphere inside the palace dampens the magic more than a little and it will take up one of your precious holiday days in Paris. So why bother with Versailles? Even if you’re not … Continue reading Why visit Versailles? Exploring France’s last royal residence

Gardens of Versailles France

The Temple of Love in the gardens of Versailles

You could lose hours in the seemingly never-ending gardens of Versailles. Between the English gardens, French gardens, Petit and Grand Trianons, fountains, orangeries, greenhouses, lakes, grottos and my favourite, Marie Antoinette’s fairytale hamlet, it is hard to leave. In terms of beauty, I think the gardens leave the palace for dead. The Temple of Love is set amongst the English Gardens, which Marie Antoinette requested because … Continue reading The Temple of Love in the gardens of Versailles

Don’t miss Marie Antoinette’s fairytale village in Versailles

Visiting the famous Chateau de Versailles is a popular and worthwhile day trip from Paris. Built by the lavish Louis XIV, the Sun King, the palace is one of the most extravagant in Europe. The palace itself is impressive, but in my opinion the best part of the estate is the garden. My favourite part of the sprawling garden is Marie Antoinette’s little village at … Continue reading Don’t miss Marie Antoinette’s fairytale village in Versailles