Versailles: Review of the Trianon Palaces and Marie Antoinette’s farm and hamlet

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While the Chateau and adjoining formal gardens at Versailles are very well known, written about and probably the most popular part of the estate, there are two other areas you can visit if you have the time. One is the Trianon Palaces known as the Grand and Petit Trianon. The second is Marie Antoinette’s farm and hamlet. Continue reading

Using the Versailles tram shuttle to explore the estate

 

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There is so much more to Versailles than just the Chateau. There are manicured gardens and groves, the Trianon palaces and Marie Antoinette’s estate. You will want to allow enough time to visit and explore it all. But, covering such a large area can be tiring. Fortunately, there is an easy solution – the tram shuttle. Continue reading

The best kept secret on where to buy your Versailles entry tickets

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Versailles is one of my favorite places to visit. It is grand, opulent and over the top. But, standing in line for hours to buy your entrance ticket is not so grand especially since after you buy your ticket, you have to go stand in another line to get through security. That is hours of wasted time just standing line and you definitely need all the time you can get to see all the wonders of Versailles.

At that same time, having flexibility in an itinerary is also important in case of bad weather or the ever famous French strikes. While you can buy your Versailles entry ticket online, you have to use it for the day you buy it. That doesn’t leave any flexibility for events out of your control.

But, one of the best kept secrets is that you can buy your Versailles entry tickets the day you visit Versailles just a few blocks from the entrance of Versailles without any real wait. Continue reading

My visit to Versailles with a dead digital camera

Outside of the Royal Chapel in Versailles

The outside of the Royal Chapel at Versailles.

Traveling is so much more than checking off a list of must sees. There are adventures and experiences that enrich and add depth to our memories of our visits. That is why I include a personal story of experience every month from serendipitously attending Mass at Notre Dame to a sudden change in pace while walking along the Champs Elysees.

Versailles had many but I decided to share one of the more humorous. Continue reading