Paris Day Trip : Versailles Castle

Day Trip to Chateau de Versailles Palace - RER : Versailles Rive Gauche

versailles palace
    Twenty Kilometres southwest of Paris, the royal town of Versailles is renowned for the Palace of Versailles, built for Louis XIV and today, one of the most visited monuments in france. Envious of the chateau built by his finance minister, Fouquet, at Vaux-le-Vicomte, the young Louis XIV determined to outdo him. He recruited the design team of Vaux-le-Vicomte – architect le Vau, painter le Brun and gardener le Notre – and ordered something a hundred times the size. The result was Versailles, the apotheosis of french regal indulgence, and even if the grotesque decor and blatant self-propaganda of the Sun King are not to your liking, its historical significance and anecdotes should enthral.
    Much the simplest way to get to Versailles from Paris is the RER line C5 to Versailles-Rive gauche (45mn). Turn right out of the station for the Chateau and left for the tourist office, 2 bis Avenue de Paris.
    There’s a wonderfully place to take tea in the town : the Hotel Palais Trianon Palace, were the final negociations for the Treaty of Versailles took place in 1919. Located near the park entrance at the end of Boulevard de la Reine, it offers trayfuls of mouth-watering patisseries for about 15 euros. The style of the hotel is very much that of the town in general. The dominant population is aristocratic, with those holding pre-revolutionary titles disdainful of those dating merely from the time of Napoleon. On Bastille Day, both parties go about wearing black ribbons and ties in mourning for the guillotined monarchy.

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