We had every intention of visiting the Palace of Versailles AND the Jardins De Versailles. I read a lot about the lines so we did our best to get up early. We did leave slightly later than we wanted to, about a half hour behind. We had to take a train or two to get there from our hotel, and then had a short walk to the palace. It was absolutely breathtaking!
It IS real gold.
As we walked up to the Palace it was absolutely breathtaking. It did not even look real. “Is that real gold?” I asked my husband. It was beautiful! (And YES, everything is real gold. Can you believe it?!)
But alas, the line to get in the Palace was not beautiful. It was long as hell, which you can see in the third photo. And it seemed like it would literally be like hell to be in that line because those people were definitely waiting 2 hours at minimum to get in and it was HOT.
So we called an audible…
As you occasionally have to do when traveling, we called an audible and we decided to only visit the Gardens of the Palace of Versaille. Y’all, it did NOT disappoint! Jardins De Versailles was beautiful! There was SO MUCH ground to cover, there were dancing fountains and flowers. Everything was arranged like nothing I’d ever seen before, and everything was perfectly manicured.
A pleasant surprise.
There were statues and greenery. It was amazing! The gardens ended up being one of our favorite places. An interesting fact we learned was that each fountain in the garden is made up of a varying number of individual spouts. The Palace of Versailles can use as much water in a day as the whole city of Paris! This is why the fountains don’t run all day, but only at specific times. It’s very easy to catch a show though, when you’re walking through. In fact, I don’t think we ever waited more than a minute or two for one to start. I do want to note that not all of the fountains were on when we were there since they were conserving water.
I read an article that suggested that the gardens were free, but we did have to pay a small price to get in. It was well worth it and we were glad we skipped that long, hot, line out front. Perhaps we can visit again one day when it’s not the busy tourist season! You absolutely have to make this a day trip though if you are in France. It is one for the books!