After a few days in Normandy, we hopped on the train to go to our final destination in Paris. We had a romantic stroll around the Eiffel Tower & indulged in freshly made crepes (one of my all time favorite desserts!).
The following day, we hopped on the train to visit the Palace of Versailles -- roughly an hour away from Paris. Palace of Versailles was in one word, grand. The ground has a lot to cover in a day, from the Palace itself to the Trianon Palaces and my favorite, Marie Antoinette's Estate. In between all of that, there are beautiful fountains and manicured gardens as well.
|The street leading up to the Palace of Versailles|
|Outside the Palace of Versailles|
The Palace of Versailles housed the French government, including its royalty, in the reigns of Louis XIV, Louis XV, and Louis XVI. After the French Revolution in 1789, the Palace ceased to be a permanent royal residence.
|Hall of Mirrors|
|The walk from the Palace to Marie Antoinette's Estate, roughly 35 to 45 minutes.|
|Marie Antoinette's Estate|
|the Billiard Room with Marie Antoinette's painting|
In the Trianon garden, Marie Antoinette requested that a fake peasant village (hamlet) be constructed. Although the hamlet itself was fake, a real, functional farm was tended to here by a family named Brussard (as a side note -- we saw animals ranging from goats to peacocks to muskrats here). Although it struct the wrong chord with the general public for the Queen to spend state funds to build an elaborate and fake hamlet in the comfort of her Estate, it was seen by some as an attempt for Marie Antoinette to get in touch with with a simpler life -- something she may actually have preferred to compared to the extravagant lifestyle as a royal in the Palace of Versailles.
The ground was a lot to cover in a day, but well worth it! Again, so much history in Europe! :)