Each year nearly ten million people visit Versailles, and I can totally understand why. After a quick breakfast at the hotel, Jenny, Delaney and I hopped aboard the RER train and headed to the palace. along the way we were highly entertained when an old man broke out his accordion and began to play. Our fellow passengers were also entertained when Jenny and Delaney danced along.
A ginormous statue of Louis XIV stands outside the golden gates, letting visitors know they’ve arrived.
Though it would’ve been hard not to know because even on a dreary day the palace glows. Probably because it’s dripping with gold!
Our Paris Pass allowed us access through the VIP area. We entered the house and made our way through the breathtaking doors…
incredibly lifelike statuary…
And dozens of super-sized sparkly chandeliers.
I picked up a few ideas for redecorating my bedroom…
And my ceilings…
and some creative uses for my selfies.
Afterwards, we caught the petit train for a ride to Marie-Antionette’s house.
First up was Grand Trianon, a charming little pink palace Louis XIV built for those times he and his mistress just needed to get away.
It was delightful!
We hopped on the train again and rode to Marie-Antionette’s Estate, an even cuter little palace, tucked away in a far corner of the estate. It was so adorable, Jen could even see herself cooking for her family.
The cozy little palace was dramatically different from the opulence of Versailles. I can totally see the need for both. We bought lunch at the cafe and made our way out to the front lawn to eat.
Our final jaunt returned us to the back of the palace where we spent a little time exploring the gardens…
And creating some living art.
Afterwards we headed back into the palace so Jenny could add to her shoe collection. That involved another trip through security, but was totally worth it when I found a pink ornament to add to my girl power holiday tree. Sadly, we got separated from Jenni and while we were looking for her accidentally ended up outside the “definitive exit”. That involved another trip through security to catch up with her again. Truly, I enjoyed all of my visits to Versailles today. Wish you were here!