Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Château de Versaille




I've long had a fascination with Marie Antoinette and the French court, over the years reading everything I can get my hands on. The Château de Versaille has been on my bucket list for years and on my trip to Paris last year visiting Versaille was a no-brainer. We stayed in the 7th arrondissement, close to the Eiffel Tower so Versailles was a short trip via the RER. 

You can easily spend a full day here, well I could lol. I pre-purchased Passport tickets (Palace, Grand Trianon, Petit Trianon and Marie Antoinette's estate) but given the time of the year and choice of day to visit, the queues were non-existent although it was still busy in the palace.  



the opulence was seriously mind-blowing

ceiling in the Royal Chapel ... AMAZING!




loved the Hall of Mirrors ... all that bling makes it tough to get photos






the Queen's Bedchamber 


I loved wandering around Marie Antoinette's estate. Whilst there wasn't much flowering in the cottage gardens in the Queen's Hamlet, the grass is so green and the colours in the trees beautiful.







Marie Antoinette's drawing room - Petit Trianon



Temple of Love






view to Marlborough's Tower




I'll definitely be returning whenever I'm lucky enough to visit France again. It would be so nice to see the gardens in all their glory and hire a bike and picnic in the Queen's Hamlet. 





Paris in July hosted by Tamara @ Thyme for Tea

Also linking up with Paulita's Dreaming of France meme over at 



23 comments:

  1. Wow, gorgeous pics, Sheree! I can only imagine how awesome it was to experience in person. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Mary, it really was mind blowing!

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  2. Beautiful, and what perfect weather you had!

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    1. November, beautiful skys, storm brewing in the afternoon. Not too crowded. We were so lucky Lory :)

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  3. *sigh* such gorgeous photos!!!!!!!!!!! Wouldn't it be amazing to live there?!?!?!?!

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  4. Absolutely stunning photos!! Wow, I'm just amazed! You make me want to visit there and learn more about France asap. What is your favorite book set in France?? I need to read something about France now. :)

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    1. Ooh glad I can tempt you lol. Favourite book is a tough one, historical fiction or something contemporary? Historical fiction ... I loved Juliet Grey's Marie Antoinette trilogy. Marie Antoinette: The Journey by Antonia Fraser was pretty good too. And I want to re-read Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran. I love her writing but I honestly can't remember whether I finished it and what I thought ... oops. I've got a couple of contemporary suggestions and a funny memoir I'm listening to now. I'll email you :))

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    2. Yes, please email me some recs. Your Paris posts are making me want to read more books with that setting! :) I'll look up the Marie Antoinette trilogy, as I'm just starting to get into more historical books lately. Thanks!!

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  5. Fab pictures ! and what a dream come true for you !
    I luv how you've captured the beauty in water reflections as well - lovely...
    so happy you had the opp to visit and Thank You for sharing it with us :)

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    1. I love having a travel bucket list connected with my reading loves. I love capturing the beauty and feel of a place in photos, (sometimes you just can't do it justice) when you're home it brings back so many wonderful memories.

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  6. Wow amazing visit and stunning photos. It would bring anything you read set around here to life in a big way. What a trip. Do hope you get that opportunity to visit again in another season.

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    1. me too Kathryn although I'm guessing Spring would be sooo busy! Actually being there has given me an even bigger thirst for more French history lol

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  7. Absolutely stunning! I'll have my passport and ticket ready for "our" next visit. Those images are just...stunning.

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    1. Thanks so much Kathy. Hope you get to visit soon, maybe we'll get to see your trip on next year's Paris in July??

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  8. Wow. It's crazy that I went to Versailles and never went to Versailles! We went to the gardens and they were amazing, but we never went inside the castle.

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    1. a must do Deb ... next time? I'm sure I didn't see half of what I could have in the palace but good excuse to go back lol

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  9. WOW....are these your photos Teddyree? They are absolutely stunning!

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    1. they sure are Karen, I'm still getting to photos from the trip, I guess that happens when you take thousands lol

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  10. OMG..just wow so beautiful..I am green. I hope you had an awesome time!

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  11. I thought this was a book review when I saw it listed on your Sunday post. Oops! I love the photos even better. France is high on our wishlist. I'm sure we'll get there someday. Thanks for sharing!

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