Versaille, the most touristic place outside the outskirts of Paris.
Nat’s last day/night in Paris, we decided to go to Versaille. It was my first time going out. Yup a 21-year old that has never been to a club nor drank. There is a first time for everything. Before the adventure even started, I got lost, to my defense, I am terrible with directions especially in France, evening more in Paris. I am used to California where you cannot get lost because you would always come back where you started.
I was supposed to meet up with Natalia around 9, it was a 5-minute walk from my friend’s place, where she kindly let me stay. Anyways, that 5-minute walk turned into 30-minutes. I used google maps, but it gave me directions as if I were a car… After that, we went to go have breakfast alongside her family. Nat² had cappuccinos they were pretty good. Then we headed off to Versaille! It is beautiful when I saw it my jaw dropped.It was enormous and everything was painted gold.What shocked me more that some people just drive, walk, or bike passed it every day for work or school. The Castles I have been to are hidden from the public, you need to go and find it. Versaille is like BOOM LOOK AT ME.You cannot miss it, even if you tried.
Unsurprisingly enough there was a lot of people, thus over an hour wait. WARNING to whoever wants to go there, you must buy your tickets before you go in-line. We did not know that, but a nice lady told us about you must go to the place where it says ticket information and buy them there.It is 18€ for the castle or 20€ for Marie Antoinette’s estate and the castle. Her estate is nothing in comparison to the castle. Sadly, I could not get to see her garden because we were on a tight schedule because we rented a golf cart.(worth it!) In order to rent one, you must be 24 and have a driver’s license.There is an hour time limit.The gardens are that huge that it would take you the whole day from opening to closing to TRY to see all of it.
Tip: If you are a french resident(bring your visa for proof, if you are not a french citizen) the castle entrance is free.BUT the garden is free to the public. Which is hugeeeeeeeee! Marie’s estate is free for kids under 18.
After about an hour or so of standing in line, we made it in. We were hungry sooo, we bought an overpriced sandwich. Just don’t do that, it wasn’t good but it the eating area was great.After that, when we went to the other side of the castle, where you saw the beautiful ceilings. When I saw that and the art, I almost started to cry. After finishing the castle, we went to the gardens. Where, My friend(Natalia) and I both pictures, like the tourist we were. I usually avoid pictures, but the scenery was beautiful. Then after finishing our photo shoot, we walked around the garden then saw some people on a golf cart.That made us want to get it, we did but her parents had to drive it. We drove it all the way to Marie Antionette’s estate, and on our way we saw sheep so to creep people out. While we passed them, we made sheep noises. We saw the estate; but it does not compare to the castle. Due to our time restriction, we sadly did not get to see Marie’s garden, abecause we hadanhour limit on the cart.
To see all what Versailles’s castle, garden and Marie’s estate has to offer, you must get there when it opens and stay there until it closes. Even then, you might not be able to see all of it.