Versailles, my love ,I am back !

I was back to where I lived and enjoyed  this country of France with my family. This is Versailles, the royal town of France. I lived here for almost 10 years by Notre Dame quartier. We came by car and rented an apartment just outside in Saint Cyr l’école easy reaching Versailles on the road D10 along the Orangerie. The irony of it all is , the last time I wrote about Versailles in my blog was March 30 2013!  Over two years ago , wow! times flies…. The tourist office is here

You know the other page but for us it is more than a palace museum. We give you the city page on the tourism section

After all, I am ask to tell about the town, and frankly visiting and living are two different things. When I lived there I hardly took photos, and after getting into my blog started taking a bit more, this visit ,I think took more than ever about 150 photos in one visit!!! I will only put a representation of them here.

We ,of course, walk in our old neighborhood that was behind our church Notre Dame, the one where all the princes of Versailles were registered at birth and baptized. The one that was not taken for Cathedral because the French revolution did not want it to make a royal shrine more powerful, so they chose another for the cathedral in the Saint Louis quartier. However, Notre Dame is the oldest and most prestigious historically.

We went over the kids bus stops along avenue Saint Cloud and Europe, now we found the parking there has been change from entering from the ave de l’europe now you entered by the Avenue de Paris… Of course, we came inside the Collegiale Church of Notre Dame. And we visited the market where we did some last minute shopping before it folded for the day . And we went to Le Chesnay where my boys went to school, high school and did shop at the wonderful Parly II shopping center, the best in the area and for the size the best with all the trimmings of Paris including Lenôtre, Au Printemps, BHV, etc, and a wonderful food section.

In all we got into the palace/museum property to get into our old porte Saint Antoine and past the Hameau de la reine Marie-Antoinette, and into the Petit Trianon and Grand Trianon, taking the petit train to come back to the castle. We saw again the Grand Canal and the boats, and ate at our favorite restaurant and still grand, Le Boeuf à la Mode, 4 Rue au Pain at the place du marché Notre Dame. Open 7/7 from breakfast from 9h and continuous service from 12h to midnight. tel +33 (0) 1 39 50 31 99.  Fabulous Versailles look and belle époque design at  ( for reference they own le Carré by pl St Augustin in Paris which I have been too, great).

The castle was fantastic, some crowds (record breaking visitors numbers) but worth it again. We went in fairly quickly and as design , purchase my ticket like a tourist on site very fast, the security line advance quickly too and you are in. We were inside the palace by 10h (10am).  I will have one picture of the ticket office on the left of the main parvis once inside the grilled wrough iron door.  the Notre Dame, the gardens, the royal Chapel , the grand and petit apartments, the different rooms, gallery of glass and the gallery of battles with Yorktown , all wonderful, it seems the now visiting was more beautiful than when visit as a resident. Not to missed our loving café Angelina (chain of Paris) in the Petit Trianon outside with a terrace lovely after a long day jogging or walking in the gardens.

It is a huge place as it is today with 37 hectares on the palace ground along but it was 807 hectares at its heyday in royalty. The different gates or doors of old can be found in maps but there is one back all the way back of Grand Canal by St Cyr l’école, dates from 1741. It is one of the best example of power and beauty a fairy tail story only broken by a revolution which the holder now has the same absolute powers and lives in a palace Elysées ::)

It was a one day of glory for us, as we were visiting other places; but Versailles will always remain close to our hearts, who needs Paris when you had Versailles ! Really ::) Some pictures for the record of the visit. Do come ,enjoy it, no matter the wait ,it is all worth it. AND, do wandered on the town, it has still an old world ambiance with all the modern facilities of today. Cheers

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4 Comments to “Versailles, my love ,I am back !”

  1. Hello and lovely post — so interesting to have a ‘real resident’ view of Versailles 🙂 and very special you could revisit the places your children took the bus and went to school. Time does fly by so fast. Cheers.


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