Palace of Versailles

“We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.”

-Hilaire Belloc

Of all the castles I’ve seen, this particular chateau is the most stunning I’ve laid my eyes on. This palace used to be home to French royals at one point, so it’s full of apartments, dining halls, and other rooms alike. Everywhere you look, you see gold.

One of the focal points of the castle is La Galerie Des Glaces (The Hall of Mirrors). As you can see, the whole left wall of the room is covered in mirrors. I ran into many tourists who stopped to take selfies in these famous mirrors. Let’s pretend I didn’t engage in this activity (but I so did).

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I grabbed a quick picture of the King’s chamber before we were scooted along. There was a lot of ground to cover, so the guides didn’t let us spend much time in each room. I barely even had time to take the views in, much less snap photos.

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There are 700 rooms in Versailles Palace, but you don’t get to see all of them even on a guided tour. However, the guided tours do take you to some rooms you wouldn’t be able to see if you just walked in with the general public.

Did I mention gold?

But the most breathtaking views aren’t even located inside; they’re in the backyard. Behold the Gardens of Versailles.

You could have a full-on photo shoot in these gardens. The perfectly trimmed geometric shapes are enough to satisfy you for years to come. These photos still soothe me now as much as they did three years ago in person. Imagine what it must’ve been like to live here!

If you enjoyed the aesthetic views of this castle just outside Paris, stay tuned for my next post about my drive through the French countryside. More castles await!

Have you visited the Palace of Versailles? Comment below with your experience!

-Aly

 

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