Thursday, January 17, 2013

Le Chateau de Versailles

This is the last post of my photos from Paris. On the last day of our trip we took the train out to Versailles before flying home that evening. 

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Kate and I were lucky enough to visit Versailles when we were kids while on a family holiday. I have wanted to go back since I was old enough to appreciate the history behind the palace. The only thing that disappointed me about our return visit was that we didn't have enough time to properly explore the palace and it's grounds. We had to get our bags from the left luggage at 5 and be on the train back to Paris at 6 so we really only had a few hours there. A proper visit would require the full day. Having said that it was such an amazing experience to walk around the grounds as an adult and almost have flashbacks to when I was a kid looking at a real life palace in amazement. 

We started with a walk around the grounds and took a boat ride on the pond. Then we briefly walked around the Petit Trianon, the house given to Marie Antoinette and where she spent most of her time. This was the main place I wanted to see since we didn't visit it the first time we were there. It's such a beautiful building and interior and I can totally see why Marie Antoinette spent most of her time here because it's like a mini palace so it's a lot less scary than the main palace. I can imagine during the Summer the grounds and gardens would be a dream to spend the day in. 

We finished our tour of Versailles with a very brisk walk around the palace. The really great thing was that we got to leave our luggage there so that we didn't have to leave it in Paris, we could go straight from Versailles by train to catch our RER train to Charles de Gaulle airport. 

I am currently compiling a list of my advice and tips for a (budget) trip to Paris so watch out for that one if you're planning on visiting the city in the future!

I hope you're all having a lovely week!

Emma x

PS. The photo of me sitting on a pillar outside the palace was to re-create one my parents took of me when I   was first there aged 9. Also, how amazing is that cat? I couldn't get over him!

18 comments:

  1. These photographic memories are nothing less than spectacular, Emma, one magnificent sight after another! You were very fortunate to have the opportunity to make this educational and awe inspiring pilgrimage to Paris and Versailles. Your camera even captured a moment or two of whimsy as is usually the case in your explorations. I wish you could post the picture your parents took of you posing on that pillar at age 9. Sleep well, dear friend!

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    1. I have to try and find that photo, I have no idea where it is! :) I am so grateful for this opportunity, I'll treasure the memories forever!

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  2. Thank you for this amazing post, those details in Versailles are amazing! I have been admiring Marie Antoinette for ages, so this would be a dream-come-true visit for me. Thanks again for the virtual tour!! :) I loved your Paris posts!

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    1. I hope you get to go Sara, you would truly appreciate it's beauty! It's great visiting a place after learning about all of it's history!

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  3. these photos are gorgeous! everything looks so fancy! and i am super excited to read your budget guide to paris...it's on my list of places to visit...someday! :)

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    1. I know you would adore it Cayce, I can't even imagine that people actually lived there! It's crazy!

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  4. These pictures are all so gorgeous! I love the one with Beemo!

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    1. Me too! It was so funny, the other tourists must have thought we were crazy!

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  5. Your images are absolutely breath taking - I can't wait to visit Versailles! Definitely on my next Paris trip. Look forward to your budget guide, too, which might mean my next trip is a little sooner (less saving time!)

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    1. Hopefully Emma! I'm already planning my next trip! :)

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  6. all of these photographs are just so inspiring! you have a wonderful eye! i would love to visit this location, i bet you had wonderful time.

    lindsey louise

    hellomrrabbit.blogspot.com

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    1. We really did! and thank you! I hope you get to go someday too! :)

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  7. i'd love to go back to Versailles, we didn't have time on our Paris holiday :( I went once on a schooltrip and it was the exact same wintery weather of your photos. Your outfit is so gorgeous, perfect for sight seeing and thanks for your other lipstick recommendations on my blog - I literally envy your flawless skin and gorgeous makeup in every one of your posts!
    xox

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    1. Aw thank you, that's so sweet! :) I hope you get to go to Versailles some day, it's such a gorgeous place full of so much history!

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  8. Such gorgeous photos, it looks so different in winter, much more eerie but in a beautiful way.

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    1. I totally agree, there's something really different about it in Winter compared to Summer. It's still stunning though. Such a magnificent place!

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  9. One of my favourite places. It is just magical. My best friend and I visited on a beautiful sunny day and just fell in love. Petit Trianon is so so lovely, i'm really glad you guys got to go before you left. xxx

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  10. SOOOOOO JEALOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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