It took me three trips to France to get to Versailles. I still can’t completely figure out how exactly that happened, but it was wonderful to finally get there.
In our tried and true way, we arrived at the Palace just before it opened. The sun poked through the clouds sporadically and the parade ground was completely empty.
One pro-tip for all of you if you are going to Paris is to source a Museum Pass. If you are going to be in the city for any period of time and are planning to visit All Of The Big Spots, not only will this pass save you money, but it will get you out of waiting in every single line.
It should come as no surprise to you that (1) I wore sequins in honor of Marie Antoinette and (2) I found the Hall of Mirrors to be a Spiritual Home. Seriously. Mom practically had to drag me out.
Tiny Katherine would have been especially pleased, because I made sure to do a few twirls while I was in there. It was Important Work.
We also visited les Petit et Grand Trianons. Because even though your head is already pretty much full after having walked the main palace, these two gorgeous buildings would qualify As Palaces and not Houses/Chateaux in most places.
Apparently they were a great escape for the King and Queen/Mistresses when they wanted to take a break from court life. I think we need to compare definitions of “escape.” It is now my life’s work to dwell in a home where my gilded monogram is displayed prominently and everywhere. Just in case you forget whose staircase it is.
Had it been warmer (April really was The Coldest last year), it would have been wonderful to spend a day roaming the grounds, but there has to be something to look forward to Next Time.