Hall of Mirrors

I have been waiting for a sunny day to do Versailles, but it’s nearing the end of the trip so I’m going to just have to roll the dice and settle for a day that’s ‘cloudy with showers’ instead. Hopefully the showers hold off. The weather has been very unpredictable the entire time I’ve been in Paris and the forecast changes daily. At least there haven’t been that many days with non-stop rain. Most days it will rain for a bit and then clear up and be sunny. The saying “April showers” definitely applies to Paris.

So today I decided to bite the bullet and do a bike tour of Versailles. My goodness it was chilly but at least there was no rain while we were biking (it did hail however, but that was after the cycling portion was over and we were safely inside the Chateau). Versailles is nice, and I will definitely be going again. I wanted to see the Petite and Grande Trianons and explore the gardens more. Mary Antionette’s hamlet, however was damaged 10 years ago in a windstorm and hasn’t been open to the public ever since. So sad! I really wanted to see that.

Versaille gardens

Versaille gardens

The thing about the bike tour is that we spent so much time cycling around the grand canal and the areas behind the palace, that we only had around 2 hours to check out the palace and the manicured gardens. Next time I will take the RER on my own (it runs every 15 minutes), arrive early in the morning and spend the whole day there. I could easily spend the entire day in the gardens alone. And this summer, they even happen to have a special night fountain and fireworks show from 9pm-11:30pm that you can buy tickets to go see (Note: this is different that the typical fountain show that runs on the weekends at Versailles). How cool is that?!

This got me thinking, it would be really cool to have a scavenger hunt in the Louvre or the Gardens of Versaille. But only during the day, at night it might be a little scary!


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