Palace of Versailles is my favorite place on earth to visit. To me it’s like a grown-up Disneyland. Its rich history, expertly manicured gardens, Baroque architecture and decor, grand statues and fountains make me feel like I am spending the day in a fairytale.
My first time visiting Versailles was in October, 2008. My husband took a photo of the French Pavilion that day that I fell in love with and it eventually became the header photo for my blog.
What an unusual experience it was to visit it again. I touched its walls, viewed the building from every angle and posed in front of it for photos. I think of the thousands upon thousands of times I have looked at that building. Touching it was almost surreal for me.
Across from the French Pavilion is this larger building, the Petit Trianon.
About a ten minute walk from the Petit Trianon, is the even larger Grand Trianon.
Throughout the estate, there are several small structures.
Then there are the gardens. Even in March, before the flowers have bloomed and many of the sculptures are still covered to protect them from rain and snow, the gardens of Versailles are breathtaking.
Although I prefer to spend most of my time at Versailles outdoors, visiting the main palace is a must.
I really enjoy seeing Marie Antoinette’s boudoir and imagining what her life must have been like.
And you can’t visit Versailles without walking through the Hall of Mirrors.
Another must, in my opinion, is seeing the Hameau de la Reine (Queen’s Hamlet). Marie Antoinette had this small village created as her own retreat. It’s darling and complete with cute farm animals.
The Grand Canal is a majestic body of water below the main palace.
We decided to rent a row boat even though it was chilly and windy that day.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the photos from my ‘happiest place on earth’.
Have you visited Palace of Versailles? If so, do you love it as much as I do?
Have a wonderful Easter if you’re celebrating.