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30 thoughts on “Versailles: The Palace of the Sun King”

    1. Yes, it was completely empty! Although the room is only accessible for guided tours, you can still take a glimpse of it. Just need a little patience 🙂

      1. I was wondering that I did not get to see it. I racked my brains and realised I had not booked a guided tour. Everywhere else in that place is bloody crowded except for the Petit Trianon.

    1. Absolutely! A typical example is the Sanssouci in Potsdam. It is said that the King of Prussia was inspired by Versailles, so he built a similar palace for himself with gardens, fountains, statues etc.

  1. Gorgeous, Len! I was in Versailles once, but it was winder so nothing was as lush and colorful as in your photos. I definitely need to revisit Paris and the surrounds in summer, totally different scenes. <3

    1. I think you might consider visit the garden at night as well because there are water light shows and beautiful firework displays (on several days) during summer 🙂

  2. My stay in Paris was far too short so I didn’t have enough time to visit the Versailles. Thanks for the practicalities, I need to pay attention to the busy days for the palace. By the way, I just came back from your home country. It was my second time to Vietnam and this time I went to Da Nang, Hue, Hoi An and My Son. Loved everything about these places!

    1. I am happy to hear that! How long was you there? Did you make a vacation there or doing some research for the Spice Odyssey? I know Hoi An used to be an important port, but I don’t know whether it has anything to do with trading spice or not. I visited Hoi An when I was a kid, so I could not remember any historic details 🙂 Well, can’t wait to see your pictures of those cities!

      1. I was in the region for eight days. It was only for vacation though. I went to Saigon six years ago, and since then I had been dreaming to go back to Vietnam to see its Cham ruins and old cities. So this trip has nothing to do with the Spice Odyssey — not directly. There will be five more posts from the Spice Odyssey series, and after that I’ll start writing about places I went to in the past year — Japan, Vietnam, Hong Kong and some places in Indonesia.

  3. Thanks for the virtual tour of Versailles! 🙂 The one time I was in Paris, I didn’t go there because it was too far and it was too cold (December) hehe. It does look impressive though! What a beautiful day as well.

    1. You welcome, Pooja! It was indeed a beautiful day. But it had a side effect: the crowd 🙁 We came at around 10:00 but there was already a long queue.

    1. Cool! What did they display there, like crowns, jewels, etc? 🙂 Thinking about it, I did not see such items at Versailles, just some sculptures, paintings and a golden carriage.

    1. Many thanks! I found Versailles amazing too. Did you have the chance to take a stroll in the garden? It must be lovely in spring 🙂

      1. We did stroll around the gardens. The Queen’s hamlet was my biggest interest and we made the trek there. Unfortunately, her house is undergoing renovations, but the rest of the area was lovely!

    1. It is surely amazing! I was surprised by how beautiful the castle is. The surrounding lake is also worth visiting, especially on a sunny day 🙂

  4. Beautiful pictures as always Len. I was about to say it looks very similar to the palaces in Potsdam, Germany then I saw some reader mentioning it. The garden spans acres and they are marvelous.

    The palace in Vienna Schönbrunn Palace has the same sunny tinge to it.

    1. Thanks Megha! 🙂 You are right both gardens share similarities. If I remember correctly, the architects who designed Schönbrunn and Sansoucci were inspired by Versailles.

  5. Beautiful images and very informative notes…
    It’s a huge effort in preparing the notes in two languages.
    Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

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