We spent a week in Paris and took a day trip to Versailles.
We took the train from Paris to Versailles.
We followed advice in the guide Rick Steves Paris.
The train stop is just around the block from the palace. We ordered tickets online.
We arrived early, before the crowds and it was perfect.
The chapel is right pretty.
I’m a little bit in love with Bernini (like, his self-portrait is the background image on my laptop). There’s a Bust of Louis XIV that he sculpted. It’s fabulous.
It took my husband a loooong time to get a single shot of me with the Hall of Mirrors.
Then, we got the kids in the picture.
I thought we would have tantrums that Marie-Antoinette’s apartements were closed for repair, but Katie handled it much better than I did.
So, we got some macarons at Ladurée.
The kids loved the Mesdames Apartments.
We chose to visit Versailles on a day the musical fountains are on. I highly recommend this, even though it costs a bit more. It was soooo worth it! We absolutely loved it.
The lady at the gate to the gardens was super helpful and circled the best fountains to see so we didn’t have to waste time, since it is really quite huge. It can be overwhelming. Here’s a good guide to viewing the fountains at Versailles.
There are lots of little fountains that are lovely, but it’s also a lot of walking on gravel. And don’t think of stepping a toe on grass or leaning on anything because guards will blow their shrill whistles at you! They need more benches.
Our favorite was the Mirror Fountain. It plays to synchronized music every 10 minutes. I think we watched it two or three times!
VIEW IT HERE> Mirror Fountain Versailles
The Latona Fountain is quite large.
We walked past the Grand Trianon and Petit Trianon. We just weren’t that interested.
We really liked The Grotto. It was really quite pretty and idyllic.
The map really was a bit deceiving, making Marie-Antoinette’s little peasant hamlet seem a lot closer than it was.
After my tantrum – because I was tired and sore and really wanted to see it, especially since her apartments were closed in the palace, we finally got on the right path and found it.
I sat on a bench while Aaron and Katie went to view the Dragon fountain.
We had a snack of crêpes at Breton Café right across from the train station before heading back to Paris.