This photoblog today is from our few hours at Versailles, the palace the French monarchy used up until the French Revolution, about a 45 minute train ride from Paris. It’s huge, so give yourself a few hours to see it, and you may want to think about what time you’re going to go, as the lines to see it can be horrendous. There are also all sorts of tours available, but we opted to just go and wander around.
The lines to get in can be so long that you can pay a small fortune compared to the actual entrance price to get “skip the line” tickets (by small fortune I mean they are about 3 or 4 times the price of a typical entry ticket). Lines have been known to be as long as 2 hours, so it’s your call, but their website has a page showing you the most busy times and least busy times. If you follow those guidelines, you will probably be okay, but no guarantees there. We got in just fine – no waiting, no line at all.
Versailles is opulence on steroids, and is H-U-G-E (did I say that already?). We spent 2 hours in the gardens alone, and probably saw less than a 1/5 of it. The palace itself is big, but a lot of it is not open to the public, or at least wasn’t on the day we went. I’m not a big fan of opulence, or at least old world opulence, but it was interesting enough, and those of you who are into fine antique furniture will love it.
My photos probably don’t give you a real idea of Versailles. Anything big is often hard to capture in photos in my opinion, and I do try to take shots you wouldn’t see on a postcard. Perhaps if I had more lenses, and the crowds were smaller…. Anyway, hope you enjoy the shots I did take!