With Paris being a bit crowded, we decided to take a day train trip over to the Chateau de Versailles. We were so glad we did! Right when we arrived, we got off of the train and saw this big building on the corner. We were sold, it was beautiful and we thought that was it! Thankfully, some sweet tourists from San Diego stopped to take our picture and said "you know the Chateau is across that street and down, right?" Uhh, no. We didn't. But once we started walking up to this place...
we were wildly impressed!
The Chateau is absolutely breathtaking! The front is covered in gold. We didn't want to go inside once we saw the gardens. Acres and acres of beautifully landscaped park. It was one of the largest and most beautiful gardens I will probably ever see!
In the middle of the 'backyard' - there was a beautiful man made lake. We rented a row boat and rode around. The weather was hot - over 80 degrees, which we hear is unseasonably warm. We both got a little farmers tan ;)
Map of the gardens, courtesy.
The Chateau from the front and the back. The gardens weren't complete, but I loved the thousands of tulips!
I was a terrible boat rower, so TL did most of the rowing ;)
The Neptune Fountain was spectacular. It only goes on once per day for about 20 minutes. The incredible thing about these fountains is the piping and their age. They've been original since the Chateau was built in 17th Century!
We walked at least 3-5 miles that day through the passage ways. Everywhere you turned was another fountain, garden, or sculpture.
If you ever get the chance to visit Paris, I strongly recommend taking the 30 minute train ride over here. It is magnificent!