We had a little confusion but we finally hopped on the RER-C train to go to the Palace of Versailles. It’s known for it’s massive royal palace and expansive gardens all built by King Louis XIV, it’s huge the entire estate is 2,014 acres.
The Hall of Mirrors is stunning. In the 17th century, it was the Grande Galerie, a passageway and waiting area where King Louis XIV would impress visitors.
I adored this lovely lady watching all the visitors walk through the palace.
My favorite section of the gardens was Marie-Antoinette’s Estate. This pretend peasant village and farm was built in 1783. It was a place where the queen could escape from the rules and formalities and pretend with her ladies to live a simple country life.
I wish I could have walked up this staircase. It was covered in colorful wisteria.
Attached to the Hamlet is a farm that was built for fun, but today is now an animal sanctuary. White peacocks, tiny goats, and fluffy lambs were everywhere. We even spotted a cockatoo.
It’s easy to see why Versailles is one of the most important places in France and has been recognized as a world heritage site by UNESCO. Someday I’ll have to return because we didn’t have enough time to enjoy everything this beautiful estate had to offer.