A short train or Uber ride from Paris will find you in the most sumptuous of settings…
A visit to Versailles is akin to stepping back in time. You find yourself standing a bit straighter, carrying yourself a bit more regally and it’s so easy to picture the world of Versailles in its heyday – courtiers flitting about, gossip running rampant, everyone trying to one up each other as they sought the King’s favour.
Which king, you might ask? While there were several who called Versailles home it’s most famously associated with this guy:
Louis XIV – the Sun King. A man who loved nothing more than extravagance…especially when it came to a puffy sleeve and a detailed mule.
Having decided to spend the whole day exploring Louis’s home sweet home we began our leisurely explorations with the palace itself.
Construction on Versailles began in 1632 when Louis XIII decided he wanted a nice little hunting lodge. By the time his son (Louis XIV – the jazzy gent we met earlier) moved his court to Versailles in 1682, however, a LOT had changed. As the seat of political power in France it was important that the palace be able to accommodate the hundreds of courtiers and political power players of the king’s court in complete luxury and so it was in a near-constant state of construction for the next 100 years. But the result? Decadence at a level rarely seen before or since.
Even the decorative details are excited to be at Versailles! ^
The beauty of the rooms makes a visit to the palace feel almost surreal.
^ The crowds are unavoidable no matter what time of year you visit but my best advice is to imagine they’re all courtiers in the court of the Sun King and savour the feeling of experiencing Versailles the same (crowded) way its original inhabitants did.
The textiles are unbelievable. I fell head over heels (almost literally) for the design on this carpet and was devastated to learn they didn’t sell it in the gift shop.
They even had it in a second colourway!
Having explored every packed room we were ready for some fresh air and so headed out through the courtyard towards the world-famous gardens. Make sure you check back in tomorrow to see all the pics and to join me on a visit to Marie Antoinette’s ‘little slice of heaven’!