The Palace of Versailles

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One of my favorite places that I went to while in Europe was definitely the Palace of Versailles. While there were many misadventures trying to get there, my parents and I eventually did and the breathtaking chateau more than made up for getting lost on the RER trains. We bought our tickets at a tourism office across the street from the metro, which included a tour through the grand palace and a bus that took us to the Petite Trianon to begin our journey. Starting at the rear ended up being the best decision because we had all the time we needed at the Petite Trianon and the Grand Trianon before walking through the gardens and finding our group for the tour. Our feet were so worn out by the end of the day that it would've been a very unhappy day if we had to start at the grand palace and then circle back before a two hour tour.Each room has its own color scheme. There was no real continuation of a single color scheme throughout, each room instead being a capsule for it's own colors. This is Marie Antoinette's bed in the Petite Trianon, where she spent most of her time.Marie Antoinette also had her own billiards room in the Petite Trianon. Our tour guide told us that not very many women were allowed to play games with the men before Marie Antoinette came into power.

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One of my favorite things in Versailles was how every room was immaculately and precisely laid out. Every chair, table, sofa, etc. had a very specific place. I can only imagine that these are the places they must have had when Marie Antoinette lived in Versailles. The weather was temperamental while we were there (of course) and so it was rainy and chilly, but with a few moments of blue skies and sun. I felt that it added a bit of drama to the palace and was a joy to photograph. I had to wait TEN MINUTES to get the next photo because people kept walking through. I had approximately 0.0000002 seconds to get a shot with nobody in it. Thank you high school journalism for letting me get quick on the shutter! After the Petite Trianon we walked to the Grand Trianon. Both of the Trianons were much more simplistic in their interiors than the grand palace was -- a lot more white walls, a lot less coming at you visually a

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The yellow room is deceiving -- in photographs it looks like a darker yellow, but in person it was incredibly bright and neon.

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The long road to the main palace...

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All throughout the gardens were statues of Greek gods from when Louis the Fourteenth reigned in Versailles. 

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And the one room EVERYONE wants to see: Marie Antoinette's bedroom. It was the definition of luxury.

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The Hall of Mirrors was ah-mazing. I have photos of the whole thing, but it was so crowded when we were there that the photos aren't ones I want to necessarily share. Instead, I have a few detail shots for y'all.

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This installation was a gift from Swarovski in the past few years -- a chandelier made entirely from their crystals to remember the jewelry of Marie Antoinette.

Have you ever been to Versailles? I'd love to hear your stories in the comments!