On our 4th day in Paris, we took a day trip to Versailles.
We arrived at Versailles pretty early, but the lineup was already huge. Inside, it was even more crowded, especially when tour groups arrived and they crowded around their guides in rooms that were way too small to accommodate them. As beautiful as the palace was, the sheer amount of people in it ruined the whole experience for me.
We headed to the gardens afterward. For some reason, we had to pay an entrance fee to get in despite the fact that the fountains weren’t running (it may have to do with the whole new “musical gardens” thing). They had music playing at all the fountains (none of which were running) and I personally found it kind of lame. If I had to pay an extra €7 or €8 to enter the gardens, at least have the fountains running.
The gardens were pretty nice though. We walked through them and went to see the Grand and Petit Palais. It was much less crowded there and I really liked the Grand Palais. Unfortunately, we were too tired to visit Marie Antoinette’s hamlet and headed home (it also started raining really hard).
Looking back on the trip, we probably should have started with the gardens and the two Palais in the morning before seeing the actual interior of Versailles in the afternoon (and hope it was less crowded). Nonetheless, Versailles was quite fun and I would like to return when it’s less crowded in the future.
Note: A lot of my photos from the past few days and the next few days are on my DSLR (minus the one of the Eiffel tower). I am probably going to do a collective blog post with all the photos in the end simply because it takes too long to edit photos sometimes. Sorry for the inconvenience and the lack of/crappy photos.