Ranked #8 in France Tourism
French cities are the stuff dreams are made of. Have you seen those movies where the character suddenly leaves the present and enters another world? That’s how it’ll feel in one such magical city called Versailles where an explosion of thrills, food, drink and fun awaits you.
Versailles Palace is the most famous thing here, but there’s so much more to Versailles. Here’s setting the record straight. Suppose you took the bus and it dropped you off at the Palace of Versailles, not only will you love the royal connections inside, but a trip to the Palace Gardens mustn’t be forgotten.
Set in the Château de Versailles, this breathtaking location is crafted in the French-style, finding its origins back 300 years. From the flowers to the trees and the topiary, the Gardens give flora a whole new meaning. The Jardins du Petit Trianon hosts a series of walkways that look like something out of the past but still fresh and beautiful. At about 1 mile in length, the Grand Canal is a splendid sight indeed. Where once Louis XIV held parties you get to go on row boats and get an excellent feel of the Canal.
The next location you need to head to is the Arboretum de Chevrèloup. Being a horticulturist’s dream come true, this 124-acre zone of lively beauty was once King Louis XV’s personal deer park. The variety is stunning, with 100,000 different plants, covering 5,000 different species.
Grand Trianon is another location Versailles is proud to call her own. This city has so many royal connections; you’d be shocked they don’t still rule the place. Speaking of which, the Trianon itself was once bought by King Louis XIV in the late 17th century. He had an affair here with his mistress, Françoise-Athénaïs de Mortemart. It became an infamous scandal. Despite the many re-decorations it went through, the Grand Trianon still stands lovely. Be certain to check out the Petit Trianon, a close cousin.
‘Village of the Queen‘ or the ‘Queen’s Hamlet‘ is what they’re calling the place Marie Antoinette once lived in. The Hameau de la Reine hosts 12 rural-style stone cottages, each quaint and lovely. From grottoes and mills to a dairy farm, this place has it all.
Going back to the 1780′s Parc Balbi is a location standing on Rue du Maréchal Joffre where you’ll find a park made up in the English-style. From fruits and vegetables being grown to perfection, to healthy plant life, Parc Balbi has been underestimated as a fount of beauty and all those who did the underestimating swallowed their words on seeing it.
There are so many facets to Versailles the city is a veritable jewel, shining her glorious past and beautiful facade on each visitor while embracing them in an aura of French pride.