Paris: An Autumn Stroll Through the Gardens at Versailles

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I have a love/hate relationship with Versailles. Love because, well, it’s Versailles: grand and gilded rooms, beautiful and vast gardens, the works. And hate because, well, tourists. And lots of them.

Even when planned well, Versailles can still be a bit soul-crushing, and I questioned whether I wanted to subject myself to that gauntlet this time around. I was leaning toward “no,” when a thought occurred to me: the gardens, in autumn. Wouldn’t they be spectacular? And while Paris is a place I hope to return to often throughout my life, who knows the next time I’ll be here in the fall?

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And so, was the visit worth it? The answer was, yes, yes, a thousand times yes – the gardens were absolutely spectacular. The leaves were fully in the process of turning during my visit, and the colors were just gorgeous. I especially loved all the little groves and side gardens: walking down what felt like a secret pathway, and finding myself surrounded by rows and rows of perfectly manicured trees, all in the vividest shades of yellow, orange, and red.

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Sometimes I fear I overuse this word, but Versailles in autumn was truly magical. While the tourist crush was as present as ever, wandering around in the gardens, surrounded by gorgeous colors, I hardly minded it. I’m very glad I made the trip.

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4 thoughts on “Paris: An Autumn Stroll Through the Gardens at Versailles

  1. Thank you, Laura.
    I’ve been to every place you mentioned in your sharp, laconic notes.
    I’m immeasurably older than you and, yet, I had the same impressions
    and intoxicating memories from those places, and feel as if I could write
    the words you’ve written. Amazing.
    I still travel a lot. These days, I like much less “touristy” havens.
    Hope our paths will cross one day.
    Thank you, again.
    All the best, fondly,
    Paul Zeppelin

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