Travel

Visiting Versailles

Not gonna lie, during this entire day the song Royals was going through my head on repeat. I finally got my lazy butt out to Versailles a few weeks ago when German friends were visiting. Honestly, I ended up loving it, much more than I had expected. The interiors are simply stunning. Anyways, enjoy the photographs below, along with some information about visiting the palace and gardens.

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  • I would recommend arriving later in the day, around 4PM. The enormous lines to get in have just about disappeared by then, and visiting is a perfect way to spend the second half of your day. Or, pre-order your tickets online!
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  • The gardens become free after 18h, I’d recommend an evening picnic. We did not look this up and weren’t willing to pay 7 Euros, so we will be returning for it! You can rent boats and bikes, sounds like a perfect Sunday evening to me. :)
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  • Audio guides are free! Yes you read that correctly, and they are free for all (not just us dumb EU students). Pick one up while strolling the palace, you’ll learn tons of cool little tidbits.
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  • Be prepared for crowds, and lots of them. Also, keep in mind that Versailles is a touristy area, and thus commonly targeted by pickpockets.
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  • You need an extra metro ticket to get there, because the palace is outside of Paris city limits. Do your research about pricing and RER C times before you leave. 

Other than that, I just say enjoy your day! Visiting Versailles was an incredible experience, you are really transported into another world. The lavishness is beyond, and it’s difficult to wrap your mind around the fact that the whole grounds were man built and groomed. And, being the budgeter that I am, I packed a picnic rather than buying the food at the cafeteria there. Legal? not sure, but they weren’t too strict about it.

Hopefully the next Paris day trip will be to Giverny. Monet has always been one of my favorites!

Much love,

Julia

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  • Julia

    Wow thanks for the awesome tips, will be looking into it for sure 😀 I can’t wait to explore Versailles some more, and the fireworks there sound magical!! 😀

  • Elena Fomina Design

    This is beyond gorgeous! Thank you for sharing such beauty with us!

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    • Julia

      Of course, thanks for reading girl!

  • Wow lovely pictures! It reminds me of my youth. When I was young we were living in Versailles, so close to the castle that we used to go there to play with my sisters! We kinda felt like Marie-Antoinettes and we would play princesses there. So weird to see pictures now! I’m glad you liked it!

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    • Julia

      What an amazing childhood, casually going to play in the gardens of Versailles! Must have been a dream pretending you were a princess who had actually existed and lived there 😀

      Thanks for reading! xx Julia

  • Jenessa Sheffield

    Wow looks like such an incredible time! Just happened to stumble upon your blog and love it! Beautiful photos!

    XO JNESS
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    • Julia

      Thanks girl, and thank you for reading :) xx Julia

  • Wonderful photos, Julia! Versailles is just stunning, isn’t it. The only disappointment for me was that it was SO cold when I went. I think it was like -2 degrees & we had to queue outside for about 50 mins. That was no fun at all, but it made getting inside all the more enjoyable! lol.

    I’ve only just found your blog, so sorry if you’ve been before, but as you’re in Paris you should definitely check out the Musee Jacquemart-Andre & the Musee Nissim de Camondo. Both are old private house full of amazing art. Not as glamorous as Versailles but not far short of it. Both are in the 8th & are free to visit if you’re under 24 :)

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    • Julia

      Oh my, I could not imagine being outside in weather that cold for more than 10 minutes!!

      Yes new Paris recs!! I haven’t been to either of those yet, they are going on the Paris “to do” list (which is still never ending even after 8 months here). Thank you!!

      And I love your blog, so thank you so much for reading my little one! :) Cheers! Julia

  • I didn’t enjoy Versailles as much, because of how stuffy and hot it was (I went at around 11 AM), but your pictures are amazing, and make me want to visit Paris again!

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    • Julia

      I can imagine that it wouldn’t be much fun if it was super hot outside :/ None the less, Paris itself is amazing and I hope that you can visit soon again ! 😀

      xx Julia

  • EMA

    I love Versailles. It’s so beautiful. When I used to live in Paris, we would always have a picnic and go canoeing in the gardens

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    • Julia

      Oh yes, canoeing is so high up on my bucket list! 😀 It must be so magical to just sit there out on the water :)

      Thanks for reading! xx Julia

  • These photos are stunning and make me want to go back so badly, the last time I was 10 and definitely did not appreciate it!

    xx Kelly
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    • Julia

      Yes, I was ten the first time I went as well! trust me, so much better the second time around 😀

      Thanks for reading girl! xx Julia

  • These photographs are stunning, I will definitely have to pay Versailles a visit. An evening picnic in the gardens sounds perfect (and like something Marie Antoinette would approve of!) xoxo, Louise || READS AND RECIPES // a literary lifestyle blog

    • Julia

      Yes for sure! I really hope that I get around to doing it soon :)

      xx Julia

  • Diana Gavrilina

    Such beautiful photography, would love to visit there one day x

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    • Julia

      I hope you do, it’s stunning! And thank you :)

  • Julia

    Summer time is packed, but you’re guaranteed beautiful weather! :) Checked out your travel blog, you’re doing some wonderful things 😀

    Thanks for reading :) xx Julia

  • Oh, so amazing! It’s still on my wishlist
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  • Absolutely beautiful photos. I definitely want to visit this summer

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    • Julia

      Thank you so much, and you by all means should 😀

  • All these photos are gorgeous – it looks like such a beautiful place to visit! :)

    Layla xx

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    • Julia

      Thanks so much girl! Yes it absolutely is :) Thanks for reading! xx Julia

  • Julia

    Oh we are 100% in the same boat, nothing stresses me out more than masses and masses of people (*cough tourists*). I’ve heard that the two day passport is amazing for really exploring everything. After all, the gardens are HUGE! :)

    Thanks for reading! :) xx Julia

  • Mlle Coconath

    Great pictures!

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  • Valerie

    I love Versaille! It’s very “out there” and opulent but I absolutely loved it. It’s like a different world :-) xx

    • Julia

      Totally! Hard to believe that you’re still in the present day 😀

  • so pretty! I’ve visited versailles 3 years ago:) X Laura http://www.mixtfashion.com

    • Julia

      Ahh so you know how great it is as well 😀