Versailles: In Which the Crushing Crowds Finally Break My Spirit

I have visited Versailles a couple times before – once in late September; another time in November. And while both times were quite busy (the September visit especially so), I had never quite experienced the true Versailles crush until my visit last April. Or, if I had experienced the crush, it hadn’t bothered me quite so … More Versailles: In Which the Crushing Crowds Finally Break My Spirit

Experiencing the Kinder, Gentler Side of Versailles at the Grand Trianon

While the palace at Versailles is, objectively, the most impressive part of the show, I’ve always had a soft spot for the “smaller” (but still quite large) buildings on the estate, the Grand Trianon and the Petit Trianon. They are less crowded but still packed full of gorgeous treasures, a sort of Versailles-lite that’s less … More Experiencing the Kinder, Gentler Side of Versailles at the Grand Trianon

Paris: Fighting My Way to the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles

I wrote previously about my visit to Versailles’s gardens last autumn, but the truth is I took hundreds (yes, really) of pictures that day, and not just of the gardens. Though Versailles’s grounds are vast and possibly my favorite part of any visit, my day in fact started at main palace. For anyone planning to visit the palace at Versailles, my … More Paris: Fighting My Way to the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles

Paris: An Autumn Stroll Through the Gardens at Versailles

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 … More Paris: An Autumn Stroll Through the Gardens at Versailles