Where: Versailles, France
When you hear the word palace, what are your immediate thoughts? Just take a moment to think about it, and I’ll get back to you in a few seconds.
So what was it? Did you immediately think of royalty, or perhaps a King or Queen? And if you did, that’s exactly what I first thought when I visited a real royal palace.
Before I talk in detail about my visit, I think it would be important to talk a little about the history of the Palace of Versailles, aka Château de Versailles.
The Palace of Versailles was first built in the year 1623 by Louis XIII, made of brick and stone, and it was then enlarged by Louis XIV into a royal palace. During the French Revolution, the royal family was forced to leave, three years before the fall of the monarchy. Much of the palace was destroyed and a lot of furniture had to be sold. After many years, they rebuilt the palace and still to this day remains intact along with the furniture belonging to the Royal Family. Today there are over five million people who visit the Château, and over ten million people visit the garden every year.
Now hopefully that gives you a little insight of the history of the Palace.
So, my visit to the Palace of Versailles, well, I can sum it up in three words: stunning, gorgeous, and amazing. This is because when I first saw the outside of the palace, I was amazed of how beautiful it was!
Now, before visiting the interior of the palace, I decided to see the gardens located to the west of the palace, because I’ve heard it’s one of the most beautiful gardens in the world! And when I got there, it was most certainly true.
This fantastic garden covers around 800 hectares of land with over 200,000 trees, and around 200,000 flowers are planted every year, it also has 50 beautiful fountains and 620 water jets! When you walk in the Gardens, there are seating areas located almost everywhere, so you don’t need to worry about finding a seat. And if you want to relax in front of an amazing view, I suggest bringing a good book, some snacks, and sunscreen, because it does tend to get a bit hot especially in the afternoon.
After my visit to the Gardens, I took a private tour of the Palace, which was great because you avoid the public and you can see parts of the Palace that the public can’t have access too. And gosh, the rooms in which I visited was gorgeous!
In this picture down below, I had the chance to visit the Royal Opera, a beautiful room with crystal chandeliers, wall art, stone floor, and marble pillars.
If you ever have the opportunity to visit Versailles, take it because it is an unforgettable experience! And to finish my private tour, I had the chance to see many other rooms such as the royal library, dining rooms, piano rooms, and royal bedrooms…
Just having the chance to see this wonder, I couldn’t help but imagine how much time and money it takes to maintain the entire palace.
Overall I had a blast, I got the chance to see most of the inside, and outside of the Palace, not only that, but I learned a lot about the history behind all this, so I had a truly fun and amazing experience.
© Benjamin Lessard – TheBenLessard