On Saturday, my first full day in Paris, I decided to take a day trip to Versailles. This is an easy day trip outside the city, since there's the RER C train that goes from the centre of the city all the way to the outskirts where the palace is located. I bought a train ticket, and easily found the train that would take me there.
Versailles is on every person's list of places they would want to visit while in Paris. At least that would be my guess. It is such a stunning place, and yes, when I was there, there were plenty of people checking it out, like me. It's a huge property, and there's plenty of things to see. This time, I am only showing the Royal Apartments. Of course I also checked out the gardens, and the other buildings behind the main palace, but I would devote a different post for those items.
It is an important site, so of course security is an issue. There's metal detectors in plenty of entrances, and your bags have to be scanned. In any case, given what's inside, it was definitely worth it.
Oh my goodness, there's plenty of salons, and plenty of rooms that display luxury. I suppose this is how a king lives. Definitely not my style. I can only imagine how hard it would be to clean this estate. Of course, someone living here definitely has a large staff that would be able to take care of the upkeep of this place.
One of the features of this palace is the Hall of Mirrors. This is actually the location of the Proclamation of the German Empire in 1871, where Prussian King William I was proclaimed German Emperor. Aside from that, other important events that happened here included the Treaty of Versailles, which ended World War I.
After visiting the State Apartments, I then ventured further into the buildings and visited the Private Apartments. These are a set of rooms that are comparably more modest than the first set of rooms that I have seen. Nevertheless, these rooms are still fancy, and definitely beyond what I can afford.
After checking out the main palace, I ventured further, exploring the gardens behind. But I would save that for a later post, so stay tuned.