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6 In Paris/ Travel

Paris: Garden of Versailles

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Walking out of the château into the wide spacious garden was a breath of fresh air. I was pretty sure that all of Paris had decided to come to Versailles that day. Marie Antoinette didn’t have a clue when she said to Madame du Barry,”there are a lot of people at Versailles today.” Being in the middle of a crowd of tourists on a sweltering day without air conditioning was like being in a sauna. Outside it was still hot with the sun a-blazing, but it was nice getting away from all the people. At first I wandered aimlessly around the garden, but then I started to get the feeling that the garden was a lot bigger than I had anticipated. I hastily pulled out a map and found the garden to be the size of a national park.

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The tall garden walls made for some much needed shade and had an enchanting maze like quality. Memories of childhood stories such as the secret garden came back to me. It wouldn’t have been all that bad if it wasn’t for the fact that I somehow missed seeing all the groves tucked away behind the walls. The one I did manage to find the entrance to had been closed off for maintenance. As a handful of people in golf-carts drove by, I was tempted to ask if I could hitch a ride. The garden felt as if it was growing longer as I walked towards the Apollo fountain. When I did finally reach the Apollo fountain, it felt as though I was seeing a perfectly preserved scene of this grand chariot emerging out of the water, with Apollo ready to charge forward. It was a shame that the fountains weren’t running as it must be a splendid sight when they are.

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This mother and child had the right idea in renting bikes to see the gardens. Before leaving the Versailles, I made one last stop at the Petit Trianon which I’ll feature in an upcoming post. The Petit Trianon is where Marie Antoinette spent most of her time away from the main château.

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  • http://blog.jessicapei.com/ Jessica @ WONDERMENTARY

    Love the pictures! What was your sequence of sightseeing when you went to Versailles? Did you see the palace first then the gardens? And how long did it take you? I’m so curious and excited!

    http://blog.jessicapei.com

    • http://www.silentlyfree.com/ Kim

      Thanks Jess! Yes, I saw the interior of the Versailles before going out into the garden. Then I went to the Petit Trianon before leaving Versailles. I was there for a total of 5 hours, 3 of those indoors and 2 in the garden and Petit Trianon.

  • http://ablogbyrobert.com Robert

    Wonderful photos, Kim! I love the gardens at Versailles, they were probably the bit I enjoyed most when I visited :)

    • http://www.silentlyfree.com/ Kim

      Yes! I really loved how the rows of tall trees created a lovely shade to walk through, and how dynamic the statues were in their expressions and forms. I wonder though, does the horn blower in the Apollo chariot remind you of the Trevi fountain at all?

  • http://runningwhitehorses.blogspot.com Carina

    I adore the garden of versailles, I went there with my family last summer!
    it’s one of the most beautiful gardens I’ve been to! I cannot imagine how in the age of no cell phones the king was able to walk through such a huge garden and not get lost or lose track of time. When i was there, the fountains were turned on and the wind was so strong we got splattered with water every time we walked near it! Haha my sister and i did have a lot of fun by the waterfall regardless!

    x, Carina
    Running White Horses | Fashion + Travel

    • http://www.silentlyfree.com/ Kim

      Oh that sounds wonderful! I would love to see the gardens when the fountains are turned on! I feel as though it would bring the garden alive and enhance the beauty of it :D