The Palace of Versailles is located in suburbs 22 kilometers from Paris, if you buy a ticket within second transport ring, you cannot get to this place, but you can get there with a weekly ticket.
Three kings lived in Palace of Versailles, Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI, who was eventually guillotined, went out and built it.
This king, who has been king since age of 5 and reigned for 72 years, turned out to be inventor of perfume and high heels (my trick is a bit strange). as well as his portrait in red high-heeled shoes at Palace of Versailles. It's a pity that I did my homework after I returned and remembered that there is such a picture.
In winter, there are no long queues for a tour at Palace of Versailles, and everything becomes much easier.
The Palace of Versailles has vast gardens, galleries of mirrors, artificial lakes, palace complexes and landscapes with fountains that are extremely opulent.
It mainly consists of main palace castle, gardens, Grand Trianon Palace, Petit Trianon Palace and Marie Antoinette Palace. Arriving, I did not rush to palace, but went to garden.
A small shop in garden is made entirely of wood.
Paris is incredibly bright under winter sun.
Forest without greenery - another winter scene with dry tree trunks pointing straight to sky, empty and silent.
There are attractions everywhere.
The park is full of leisurely people walking dogs, feeding pigeons, basking in sun....
The man calmly took bread out of his bag and fed it to pigeons. He walked and fed pigeons all way.
I reached out my empty hand to tease pigeons and some pigeons did come to my door, but it only lasted a few seconds and pigeons were no longer fooled.
When I visited garden of house of Louis XIV, I had only one feeling: it is too big. Am I getting lost? If you look to left you will not see end, if you look to right you will not see end, and if you look ahead you will not see end. stop by a cafe and have a small cup of coffee to relax before you leave.
Zhang Yu and I jokingly said that if I do this now, I won't be able to connect to my home Wi-Fi after leaving house, and if I walk a little further, I'll ask someone to pick me up on car, hahaha ...
As you pass by this beautiful cafe, sit down and have a decidedly drink before you leave. Winter Paris and cafes are best combination.
Sunlight enters room through windows, and whole space is filled with winter beauty.
Under warm sun, I talked to Zhang Yu about his eight-month long journey. I thought about my old self, who had been on road for seven months. Now I no longer have courage and time to go out and stay away for eight months. , I am very lucky that I had such an experience to enrich myself, and I do not regret anything.
After drinking coffee, we went to see palace, which is not just described as luxurious: Well, happiness of rich people is beyond your imagination.
Many of decorations in palace were inspired by Greek and Roman mythology, but it's a pity that many of decorations were looted during French Revolution.
The most amazing thing is mirror gallery. Furniture, bonsai of flowers and trees in hall of mirrors are made of sterling silver. One side of mirror gallery features 17 huge floor-to-ceiling glass windows, while other side is made up of over 400 mirrors. An extra-large mirror here seems to see Louis XIV enjoying extravagant life of sensual dogs and horses at a banquet at Palace of Versailles.
More than 5 million tourists come here every year. If you plan and agree in advance, you can get a more interesting route.
Most people are in morning, especially on Tuesdays and Sundays.
Enter directly through Gate A after purchasing tickets on official website or other channels
Transportation: use rer c5 line as fastest, whole journey takes 45 minutes and bus runs every 15 minutes.
Tickets: 15 euros, from November to March next year, on first Sunday of every month you can visit for free!
There are restaurants in palace and in garden, but they usually close around six o'clock.
Opening hours: except Monday, January 1st, May 1st and December 25th, museum is open as usual