If you're planning a holiday to Paris, chances are Versailles is high on your list of places to see. With good reason too; a place of enormous historical significance, not to mention breathtakingly beautiful sights. Of course, virtually everyone on the planet knows this too, so if you're not careful you'll end up sharing this special visit with thousands of rude tourists taking photos in one hand and filming in the other (yes, I saw it happen).
I visited the Château de Versailles on a cold, winter morning in December. Believe me, getting out of bed at 6:30am to get there was not a pleasant experience by any means, but it is immensely better than lining up for hours on end just to buy a ticket into the Palace. The sun was still rising when I arrived, and there was only a handful of people entering the Palace when I did. I even had the famous Hall of Mirrors to myself (albeit for only a minute or two), which was incredibly stunning.
Literally everywhere you look there is something incredible to see. I spend half my time there staring at the ceilings, marvelling at the incredible paintings they adorned.
Marie Antoinette's bedroom is just exquisite. I'd already obsessed over it for years after watching Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette about a hundred times, but it was even more beautiful than I could have ever imagined.
Justin snapped a picture of me for scale.
You could really spend the entire day here. The apartments are gorgeous, and the artwork is
magnificent. The gardens of Versailles are definitely worth your time too, particularly if you wander down to Marie Antoinette's estate. It's incredibly picturesque, and although I imagine it's beautiful in summer there was something very special about the location in winter.
I'll never forget how cold I was walking around the gardens!