Our second full day in Paris was actually spent in Versailles.
We successfully woke up early (we haven’t been able to wake up before 9 for the last 6 weeks) with the hope that we could make it out to Versailles before the line to the palace got too ridiculously long. Turns out if you want to wait in a “short” line for Versailles you should probably just go the night before and camp out there.
This place is just a ridiculous people magnet. I thought the Louvre was crowded…but this was on a whole new level of crowded-ness. Like Christmas time at the air port or Saturday at a Six Flags. The line was over three hours long and was just a monstrous, winding snake of people.
We did not wait in it.
Instead we went around to the back where the gardens are and just explored those. Normally the gardens are free but when they have “fountain shows with music” it’s 8 euro to get in. We were expecting maybe like a concert or a cool fountain show with lights, but apparently all “fountain shows with music” really means is “our fountains are turned on and there are some speakers playing pre-recorded classical music, please give us 8 euro.” I was not impressed by this and would therefore suggest going on a day that the gardens actually are “free.” Perhaps Monday is best because the palace is closed so it’s not as crowded.
Getting past the annoying unexpected fees and the swarms of people, we found the gardens were truly magnificent and well worth the trip out to Versailles. The gardens are massive, so large in fact that you can rent bikes or take a small trolley around the different sections. We decided to walk it all like champs. They had some different pieces of art on display including statue works and art installments using tree trunks and branches, all of which were impressive. Tree trunk art; what does it all mean?
My favorite part of the gardens, besides the swirl cone I got, was the outdoor drawing room. A round, open space, enclosed within trees and concrete columns, the drawing room had a shallow pool of water with a statue of sorts in the middle of a man trying to break out of a pile of rocks. I liked the statue but I also enjoyed this part of the gardens because it was interesting to think that when the palace was still in use it’s inhabitants would come to this area and sit under the sun and draw or sketch. I wanted to bust out my own sketch pad and do just that. Man trying to break free from the rocks. My swirl cone. Definitely suggest getting one if you ever go to Versailles.
Kayla, Cameron and I spent nearly 3 hours walking throughout the gardens. We also walked over to Marie Antoinette’s home she had built so she could escape the palace and have a place that was all her own. We are lunch near a big pond where you can rent little boats and fed some ducks. It was a beautiful day and a really enjoyable experience. It would’ve been nice to see the palace but the line was just too heinous. I think the Palace of Versailles is an attraction best enjoyed during the off-season. We highly recommended the gardens though!
After Versailles we headed back to the apartment so Kayla could pack up then we saw her off to her plane back to Barcelona. It was a “chill” night for Cameron and I. You really come to miss the ability to just hang out in a comfy living room and watch movies, while eating a meal you cooked yourself. So we took advantage of the opportunity and hung out in our nice Parisian apartment. From Paris it was on to Barcelona and then Sevilla, but that wasn’t without a few hiccups along the way.
We’ll be sure to update more on that later.
Thanks for reading,
Kelly and Cam