Millions of people visit Versailles every year, so here's how to Plan the Perfect Paris to Versailles Day Trip for yourself. #travel #Paris #Versailles

How to Plan the Perfect Paris to Versailles Day Trip

In Motherhood, Parenting, Travelby Jen8 Comments

Hi everybody! I am back with the 2nd installment of my recent mother-daughter trip to Paris. You can read all about our first day here, but today’s post is all about the Chateau De Versailles!

Millions of people visit Versailles every year, so here's how to Plan the Perfect Paris to Versailles Day Trip for yourself. #travel #Paris #Versailles




For a little history, the Palace of Versailles was the principal royal residence of France from 1682, under Louis XIV, until the start of the French Revolution in 1789, under Louis XVI. It is located about 30 miles southwest of the centre of Paris.

Millions of people visit Versailles every year, so here's how to Plan the Perfect Paris to Versailles Day Trip for yourself. #travel #Paris #Versailles

Getting there is a little tricky. My daughter and I are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and had planned on visiting the Temple located just a few miles outside of Versailles, so to get there I opted for an Uber ride from the handy dandy app on my phone that would get us straight to the Temple from our hotel in Paris. The cost for both of us to travel was about $30 US dollars, which really was nothing, and made the planning details and fears of getting lost greatly reduced.

Millions of people visit Versailles every year, so here's how to Plan the Perfect Paris to Versailles Day Trip for yourself. #travel #Paris #Versailles

For all of my friends who are members of the Church, the Paris Temple is beautiful and even includes a Patron House for members to stay at as they travel from all over France to attend.

Millions of people visit Versailles every year, so here's how to Plan the Perfect Paris to Versailles Day Trip for yourself. #travel #Paris #Versailles

Millions of people visit Versailles every year, so here's how to Plan the Perfect Paris to Versailles Day Trip for yourself. #travel #Paris #Versailles

Millions of people visit Versailles every year, so here's how to Plan the Perfect Paris to Versailles Day Trip for yourself. #travel #Paris #Versailles

We ran into these cute Sister Missionaries who were finishing a run as we got out of our Uber. One was from Ghana and the other was from Canada. It was so nice to see friendly faces that I just  had to hug them and take pictures with them!

Anyways, the Temple was a lovely and early part of the morning for us. Afterwards we grabbed another Uber at a cost of about $5 US dollars and headed the 6 to 7 minutes away and Versailles.

Millions of people visit Versailles every year, so here's how to Plan the Perfect Paris to Versailles Day Trip for yourself. #travel #Paris #Versailles



Millions of people visit Versailles yearly and there is always a crowd, especially in the spring and summer.

Millions of people visit Versailles every year, so here's how to Plan the Perfect Paris to Versailles Day Trip for yourself. #travel #Paris #Versailles

Since we had opted to not be part of a group tour there was no way to avoid the lines. I purchased the Passport ticket, which includes admission to the whole Estate of Versailles and Trianon. Since Sam is a student her entrance to the Palace and Estate was free when we showed her passport. We just had to pay the 9 Euro for her entrance to the gardens.

Millions of people visit Versailles every year, so here's how to Plan the Perfect Paris to Versailles Day Trip for yourself. #travel #Paris #Versailles

We knew it was going to be a hot day and there was no line for the gardens in the morning, and so we opted to hit there first. Through serendipity that seems to follow Sam, we found out that renting a golf cart right as you enter the gardens was about the same price as Sam’s ticket would have been, so here’s a picture of me tooling around in the gardens of Versailles in my golf cart and very fetching hat!

Millions of people visit Versailles every year, so here's how to Plan the Perfect Paris to Versailles Day Trip for yourself. #travel #Paris #Versailles

How many people can say they drove around the gardens at Versailles in a golf cart? It was totally worth it too! You really could spend days in the gardens as it is a lot of walking. The golf cart made our passage a lot easier. Here are some of the things we saw.

Millions of people visit Versailles every year, so here's how to Plan the Perfect Paris to Versailles Day Trip for yourself. #travel #Paris #Versailles

Millions of people visit Versailles every year, so here's how to Plan the Perfect Paris to Versailles Day Trip for yourself. #travel #Paris #Versailles




Millions of people visit Versailles every year, so here's how to Plan the Perfect Paris to Versailles Day Trip for yourself. #travel #Paris #Versailles

As you walk through the gardens and grounds at Versailles and see both the opulence and beauty of the place, it really makes history come alive.

Millions of people visit Versailles every year, so here's how to Plan the Perfect Paris to Versailles Day Trip for yourself. #travel #Paris #Versailles

 

Millions of people visit Versailles every year, so here's how to Plan the Perfect Paris to Versailles Day Trip for yourself. #travel #Paris #Versailles

Like I mentioned, you could spend 4 days here wandering through each little area and seeing the statuary and gardens, but it still wouldn’t be enough!

Millions of people visit Versailles every year, so here's how to Plan the Perfect Paris to Versailles Day Trip for yourself. #travel #Paris #Versailles

After we had spent the rest of the morning in the gardens, we headed to the lines and the main Palace.





Millions of people visit Versailles every year, so here's how to Plan the Perfect Paris to Versailles Day Trip for yourself. #travel #Paris #Versailles

Luckily, there were so many people to talk to from all over the world. Plus they had this water sprayer set-up for kids to run through and my Sam of course, who will always be a big kid at heart, had a really good time making friends with children the world over and running through the sprinklers with them. Here is her gazing up at the Palace gates with a wet back to prove how much fun she had!

Millions of people visit Versailles every year, so here's how to Plan the Perfect Paris to Versailles Day Trip for yourself. #travel #Paris #Versailles

Millions of people visit Versailles every year, so here's how to Plan the Perfect Paris to Versailles Day Trip for yourself. #travel #Paris #Versailles

The inside of the Palace during the busy season is crowded, so be prepared! Hang onto your bags, as pickpockets have been known to pilfer unsuspecting guests items. We opted first to tour Louis XV’s daughters’ Apartments.

Millions of people visit Versailles every year, so here's how to Plan the Perfect Paris to Versailles Day Trip for yourself. #travel #Paris #Versailles

Louis XV had 6 daughters. Only two of them, Adélaïde and Victoire, remained until the Revolution, since neither princess married and both lived to an old age.

Millions of people visit Versailles every year, so here's how to Plan the Perfect Paris to Versailles Day Trip for yourself. #travel #Paris #Versailles

Touring these rooms is relatively easy and the crowds were small.





Millions of people visit Versailles every year, so here's how to Plan the Perfect Paris to Versailles Day Trip for yourself. #travel #Paris #Versailles

Next we headed for the rest of the Palace and the crowds in the Hall of Mirrors. The Hall of Mirrors, the most famous room in the Palace, was built to replace a large terrace, which opened onto the garden. The whole length of the Hall of Mirrors (73m) pays tribute to the political, economic and artistic success of France. It really is stunning.

Millions of people visit Versailles every year, so here's how to Plan the Perfect Paris to Versailles Day Trip for yourself. #travel #Paris #Versailles

 

Millions of people visit Versailles every year, so here's how to Plan the Perfect Paris to Versailles Day Trip for yourself. #travel #Paris #Versailles

Economic prosperity is revealed in the number and size of the 357 mirrors bedecking the 17 arches opposite the windows that look out onto the fantastic gardens.

Millions of people visit Versailles every year, so here's how to Plan the Perfect Paris to Versailles Day Trip for yourself. #travel #Paris #Versailles

We of course had to stop on our way out and take a selfie.

Millions of people visit Versailles every year, so here's how to Plan the Perfect Paris to Versailles Day Trip for yourself. #travel #Paris #Versailles




If you are wanting to visit Versailles, make sure to become familiar with the official website as it has a wealth of information available to help you plan your trip. Here are just a few last tips. If you are visiting in the spring or summer make sure to bring hats, water bottles and such for your day at Versailles. We Arizonans know how to weather the sun, but we saw plenty of people looking pretty haggard as the sun’s FULL effects took their toll on them.

Millions of people visit Versailles every year, so here's how to Plan the Perfect Paris to Versailles Day Trip for yourself. #travel #Paris #Versailles

After all of this Sam and I were pretty worn out and hailed an Uber (seriously get the app when traveling in Europe- unless you are in Italy where it is outlawed!) and within thirty minutes without any changeovers, we had been picked up and delivered to the front door of our hotel. That’s winning for me!

Millions of people visit Versailles every year, so here's how to Plan the Perfect Paris to Versailles Day Trip for yourself. #travel #Paris #Versailles

That night she and I opted for a Paris tradition for dinner, a waffle on a stick. Look at this cheesecake waffle deliciousness! It even had a little bow. Tres bien! I am so going to try and make one of these someday. I will share the results with all of you. Well… as long as it turns out alright, it might just be the magic of Paris that makes it this pretty!

Enjoy a Paris traditon and take a bite out of a delicious waffle on a stick!

Thanks for following along on my trip. Next up is our adventure at the Louvre!




Love,

Jen

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Comments

  1. Omg, that waffle on a stick I seriously need that in my life!! That said, your trip to Versailles looked awesome and loved all the pics, as well as the insider info, as well. Definitely will keep in mind if we eve get to visit. So, thanks for sharing your experience. Plus, seriously did I mention your trip so far looked absolutely perfect!! <3

  2. What a lovely day you had here and you shared it with all of us. You both look so very happy. What a wonderful memory.

    The waffle on a stick looks delicious.

    Have a fabulous day and week, my friend. ♥
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  3. Mm…waffle on a stick. Love it. Looks like you all had a wonderful time, and I’m glad that Uber turned out to be a good idea for getting around easy (and not too expensive either!) I love that Sam was running through the sprinklers with the other kids. And a golf cart for the gardens sounds like a great idea!

    -Lauren
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      Those sprinklers were brilliant and super helpful for keeping little people and adults happy on a hot day as they waited in line. The golf cart also was brilliant. I loved it and would recommend it to everyone!

      Thanks for reading along on our journey!
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  4. Such a fun trip! I remember visiting Versailles when I went in high school but we didn’t have time to see ALL the gardens. They sure do look lovely though.

  5. Cheesecake waffle on a stick! Yes. You can do a whole series of French-inspired recipes on your blog, I’ll eat it up! (literally)
    I love the golf cart. I’ve never driven one but I know I want to! And I love the spray park fun and the princess apartments!

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