When I first flew off to Paris, I was most excited to see the Eiffel Tower in all it’s grand and glory. I immediately assumed that the tower would be the highlight of my trip to France. And even though I did fall in love with the Eiffel Tower like a billion other people, it’s the Palace of Versailles that exceeded my expectations and astonished the history geek inside me. The architecture, shining chandeliers, detailed paintings, and gardens made the thirty minute train ride over to Versailles; worth it.
Walking through the spacious hallways of the palace is like a time capsule taking you back to the days of Louis XIII, Marie Antoinette and so many others. Room after room you get a glimpse of what life must have been like living in such a place. Suddenly the sentences from you history book start to have visuals.
2. Grand Views
The picture below does no justice for the extraordinary scenery behind me. I promise you, the view from the terrace will make you gasp. Also, a little tip to the boys out there who might be reading this post, if you stand where I am standing with your girl-this is a great spot for a romantic moment.
Once you step foot outside you will totally get why the Gardens of Versailles are such a big deal.
4. Hall of Mirrors
The Hall of Mirrors to me is what proves these people were royal. Yes, everything in the palace is grand; but the Hall of Mirrors takes the cake. Fun Fact: When the large mirrors were placed it was the first time many people were able to see themselves in full body, because at the time only tiny mirrors were around.
5. Extraordinary Artifacts
Throughout your tour at the Palace of Versailles, you will see exquisite paintings and statues, some of my personal favorites were the ones outside the palace, seen below.
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