I’ve decided to post another video this week (well, 2 actually) in honour of next week being the one year anniversary of me leaving on my travel journey. I know I’ve posted about Versailles before so please look at my previous post for more details. This time however, I’ve chosen to discuss the gardens, which are vast and stunning. The pale dirt paths are in stark contrast to the greenery and the fountains and statues are incredible. Definitely pay the extra cost to visit the entirety of the palace. There are maps available to navigate the grounds, which are divided into sections. Walking around it’s difficult to imagine people actually living there once upon a time and I think that lends to its appeal. The videos I chose are of the musical fountains, which until this visit; I had no idea even existed in this world. I was so in awe that I watched the whole show 2 full times. I got some fresh orange juice from a nearby cart and sat on one of the stone benches and just watched. It was a welcomed rest from the extensive walking but also really neat to see live. It was the first moment on my trip where I just took it all in and felt content and grateful to be where I was. I had many moments after this but sitting on that bench is a vivid memory for me that I cherish deeply.
I love, love, love Versailles! I happen to have a diploma in Interior Decorating and studied the palace for school; which is why I was so obsessed and made it a must see on my list of places to go. I first went on my European trip back in 2010. I was only in Paris for 2 full days and on my second day (being horribly jet lagged) dragged myself out at 7:30am and made my way to the palace; about 40 min. outside the city centre. Since my time in Paris was so short and I had another important monument to see after, I only stayed about 3 hours. Note to anyone wanting to go, which is NOT enough time. I rushed through and barely got to see the gardens before leaving to get back to the city. That is why this time around I stayed longer in Paris and gave myself an entire day. Even though I bought my tickets ahead (a must in high season) the line through security took forever. I got my headset though and listened in depth to almost all the descriptions, taking my time going room to room. I also stopped at the fancy dining room and had French onion soup, tea and macarons; the soup was the best I've had to date. Then I made my way to the vast and exquisite gardens and made a point to go to every single section. I even took in 2 musical fountain shows, which were really neat to see. I didn't stay the whole day as planned, because that's just a bit much to be honest, but I did get to see it all. It was a dream come true and I was so proud of myself getting to go back and get a redo at one of my most favourite places. Everything is so pristine that seems fake when you're walking around and it's so hard to imagine how people used to live here. It's quite remarkable and something I highly recommend to visit, just make sure to get there early!