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A Day at the Palace of Versailles

I have visited Versailles a number of times.  It has mostly been during the high tourist season of summer .  In that season, you steel yourself to the inevitable crush of humanity…wall to wall people, no chance for a photo without someone’s head getting in the shot and the 1 out of 3 blown shot because someone accidentally brushes your arm as you attempt to take a non flash photo in low light.  Fun times.  So…I was excited on this trip to attempt Versailles in low tourist season.

First of all..I would like to pass on to those who are thinking about going to Versailles and think they need the tour with a guide on a bus.  YOU DON’T!  Buy your ticket in advance ( approx. $25 Euros) and take the train (RER C) out to Versailles.  Our group decided we wanted to see Versailles but not pay the over 100 Euros for a half day tour.  We took a short walk across the Seine from our hotel to the Musée d’Orsay where you can catch the RER C train out to Versailles. 

After a very peaceful 45 minute train ride out of Paris, we arrived in Versailles to sunny skies and cold temperatures.  Perfect for touring Versailles…it gets really warm inside with all those people Smile.  All in all the experience was so much better in low tourist season.  Not the mad crush of people.  Don’t get me wrong…there were a lot of people there…just not a HUGE crush of people.  This photographer was extremely grateful.

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And…if you are lucky enough to be living in this beautiful country, this is where you get to take field trips.  Ohhhh man!  All I ever got to do in Illinois was visit Lincoln’s tomb.  NOT the same.  NOT even in the same ballpark.  {Long Sigh….} C’est la vie.

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Since we were not on an organized tour and completely at our leisure, we toured the Palace, had a quick bite, then decided to brave the cold elements and walk the 30 minutes through the gardens to The Grand Trianon. 

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Oh my word!!  All that pink marble and gold yumminess.  And…best of all…hardly anyone was there!!  The photographer in me was literally jumping with joy.

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Many, Many thanks to my travel companions who were patient with me as I snapped a bazillion photos here.  Never in a million years did I think I would be able to capture some photos of this outdoor space at The Grand Trianon without a dozen people in the shot.  I had the place to myself and I was loving every single second of it.

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It was another most excellent day!!