The well-manicured gardens of Chateau de Versailles is so huge you need two to three hours to explore its entirety. Unless, of course, if you choose to ride on a golf cart around – for an additional fee. In fact, I never had the chance to explore half of it. I was there for four hours only, including the queue that took us more than an hour! The number of visitors to the palace was insane!
The Palace of Versailles. It is known to be the most opulent in all of France. King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette got married and lived here. When you go inside, such vast wealth and power is ubiquitous. Its fabulous rooms are decorated with stunning artistic beauty from floor to walls to ceiling. It’s magnificent! It’s grand!
Separate Garden Fee. When you’re done sightseeing inside the grand chateau, it’s time for you to walk on the verdant gardens. There’s a separate ticket should you decide to explore the gardens. No, it is not included in your main ticket to the palace. It’s weird, right? Apparently, there are people who are too lazy to walk around the outdoors. Or maybe, that separate fee is too much for them for a garden.
From the windows of the Hall of Mirrors, visitors can see the expansive lawn outside with the rectangular reflecting pool.
The Gardens. As soon as you pay the entrance fee, these are first well-designed gardens you see. The flowers look ordinary for me but the artistry that the gardener put in there is praise-worthy. It’s a labour of love, I’d say. I think that the beauty of its designs can be more appreciated from above.
Pools. I think there were 4 or 5 pools of different sizes. The biggest is the one of rectangular size down the chateau.
The Plants. It’s been said that the trees / plants you all see here were taken and brought in from the different regions of France. I like the tall ones that are shaped like an inverted cone (aka Christmas Tree without the ornaments).
The Golf Carts. I saw two big carts going around. I’m not sure though if that’s part of the entrance fee or that’s another ticket.
The Heat. If you will be visiting the palace during the summer, prepare for the heat. Oh dear, even if I was in the gardens around mid-afternoon, the sun was in full blast! There’s no shade in there, except the shadows of the chateau.
Food and Water. There’s a small food cart selling ice cream and water but they’re overly priced it would break your budget! Well, you’re visiting a palace, so what do you expect? 🙂
The Sculptures. There are a lot of beautiful and intriguing statues of all sizes anywhere the lawns. Few are scary, too. 😀
The Fountain. On the day I visited, the fountain wasn’t working. The tiny golden frog statues below it must have been really thirsty. 😀
Most visitors would only be exploring until the grand fountain. As you can see in the photo, despite the crowd, only few dared to walk all the way down to the reflecting pool below. If only I was there in the morning, I could have explored the whole area on foot. I could have sat on the lawn, took a nap or read some pages.
Where to Stay in Versailles: You can book your hostel or hostels or BnB via Booking.com.