Chateau de Versailles France: French Glamour and Revolution

The center of political power in France from 1682 when Louis XIV moved from Paris until 1789 after the beginning of the French Revolution. Chateau de Versailles or simply known as Versailles, became a witness of the opulent, glamorous and at times horrifying history of the French Royalties.

On my last full day in Paris, I decided to hop on a RER C train en route to Versailles Chateau/ Rive Gauch and see why this palace is part of the 'must see attractions' in and around Paris.

The main tip I got to prepare for this trip was to arrive early because the line can be very crazy'.

[caption id="attachment_2637" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Chateau de Versailles travelblog travel blog france paris wanderlust Walking toward Chateau de Versailles from RER C Train[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2640" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Chateau de Versailles travelblog travel blog france paris wanderlust palace My first full view of the Chateau de Versailles[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2641" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Chateau de Versailles travelblog travel blog france paris wanderlust palace Tourist flocking early in the morning with groups of tour buses starting to line up[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2642" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Chateau de Versailles travelblog travel blog france paris wanderlust palace Lined for 3 hours just to get in[/caption]

Finding my way to Versailles using the RER C train was easy. I arrived around 8am and the line looks like a scene from snakes and ladders. I spent almost 3 hours queuing just to get it. Although i know that 3 hours was a lot, I really enjoyed it because I met my first Travel Family, The Berangers.

They were French locals visiting Versailles for the first time. Such a charming family. They became my family for the whole day and until now I am friends and still in contact with all of them.

[caption id="attachment_2643" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Chateau de Versailles travelblog travel blog france paris wanderlust palace My lovely French Family[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2644" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Chateau de Versailles travelblog travel blog france paris wanderlust palace Me me and me[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2645" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Chateau de Versailles travelblog travel blog france paris wanderlust palace A must during your visit! Of course a real (person) tour guide is still the best[/caption]

I must admit, I don't have any concrete clue about the French History (aside from a brief intro I got from the Louvre and a few references from Les Miserables :P ).Thank God for audio tours!

The moment you entered, lavish decorations and rich collections of masterpieces will welcome you. Rooms after rooms will transport you to the life of the rich and famous where mansions along Beverly Hills will look like a maid's quarter.

[caption id="attachment_2646" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Chateau de Versailles travelblog travel blog france paris wanderlust palace En route to discover the French History[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2648" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Chateau de Versailles travelblog travel blog france paris wanderlust palace French History overdose![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2649" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Chateau de Versailles travelblog travel blog france paris wanderlust palace French History overdose[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2651" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Chateau de Versailles travelblog travel blog france paris wanderlust palace With my French sibs! Jean Francoise and Laurent[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2663" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Chateau de Versailles travelblog travel blog france paris wanderlust palace The Hall of Mirrors Grand Ceiling[/caption]

One of the highlights of my visit was walking along the Hall of Mirrors.The Hall of Mirrors is the central gallery of the palace connecting the private apartments to the royal chapel.  A grand hall with a stretch of mirror clad arches reflecting the window overlooking the luscious garden. Imagine this place fully lighted with all the golden ornaments shining brightly and you are watching the King of France with the royal family walking along the corridor. Whew, that would have been a scene. Apparently that was an everyday case during the time of King Louis XIV (correct me if I am wrong here :P).

[caption id="attachment_2652" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Chateau de Versailles travelblog travel blog france paris wanderlust palace The Hall of Mirrors[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2653" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Chateau de Versailles travelblog travel blog france paris wanderlust palace More of  French History[/caption]

Walls covered with artworks depicting part of the French History. Compared to the Louvre, the galleries in Versailles are concentrated more on French History. You'll feel overwhelmed being surrounded with these large paintings. Each relating to an important part of history.

[caption id="attachment_2658" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Chateau de Versailles travelblog travel blog france paris wanderlust palace Hall of paintings?[/caption]

Like every museum tour, a break is a must! We had a quick bite of house sandwiches and --------> a french macaron. yheap---MACARON!

It was also an opportunity for me to know my new family. It is amazing how this trip became own of the best because of the people I met.

[caption id="attachment_2655" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Chateau de Versailles travelblog travel blog france paris wanderlust palace Time for a break![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2656" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Chateau de Versailles travelblog travel blog france paris wanderlust palace Oh yeah!! FOOOOOOOD![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2657" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Chateau de Versailles travelblog travel blog france paris wanderlust palace Lyes, me and Jean Francoise[/caption]

After our tour inside the palace, we did a quick tour of the garden. The garden itself will require a full day of walking around. Because it was getting a bit late and we need to catch the train back, we decided to just tour around the fountain area and a bit of the sculpted box woods.

Take note, you'll have to pay separately to enter the garden.

[caption id="attachment_2654" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Chateau de Versailles travelblog travel blog france paris wanderlust palace The view of the garden from one of the palace's windows[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2661" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Chateau de Versailles travelblog travel blog france paris wanderlust palace Latona Fountain: Illustrating Apollo's mother and Diana protecting her children against the insults of the peasants of Lycia and calling on Jupiter to avenge them.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2662" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Chateau de Versailles travelblog travel blog france paris wanderlust palace Minding his own business: Apparently this statue symbolizes one of the rivers of France.[/caption]

Aside from arriving early, my only tip when you are planning a visit is to read on the French History (youtube and history channel will help as well) as I can imagine how overwhelming to see the rooms and gardens where Marie Antoinette walked feels like. After my trip, believe me, I read read (and watched) everything about the royal family and the French Revolution.

To know more while you plan your trip to Versailles, check out the links below.

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  1. […] for a lifetime. I always go back to the time that I spent hours in line buying ticket to enter Ch√Ęteau de Versailles where I met two of my now closest French buddies, or that time we hunted for the Northern Lights […]

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