One of My Favorite Spots in Paris: The Palace of Versailles?

One of My Favorite Spots in Paris: The Palace of Versailles?

From my previous articles, it probably doesn’t sound like I enjoyed Paris, but that’s not the case at all! So today I’m going to show you one of the places I really enjoyed during our stay in Paris.

Paris - June 2014

Yup, the Palace of Versailles.

I really enjoyed my time here– but not at the palace itself. Waiting in line under the scorching sun for two hours only to be pushed along in rooms crowded with far too many Asians trying to take perfect selfies in the Hall of Mirrors? No thanks.

Paris - June 2014

Instead, what I really enjoyed, required a bit of walking to get it– okay maybe a lot of walking to get to— but it was totally worth it.

Enter The Queen’s Hamlet.

The construction of this hamlet was ordered by Marie-Antionette in the late 1700s. Here she was able to get away from the Court of Versailles and revert back to the simple charms of French country life.

This part of the Palace of Versailles, tucked away in the back corner of the property, was one of the most peaceful places in all of Paris. While we were strolling through the gardens there were hardly any other people around.

If I had to live in 1700s Paris, this would have been my home as well. There are only 11 houses, built around a small lake. Each one more quaint and rustic than the next.

They each had their own little garden, packed full of growing vegetables such as artichokes and cauliflower. There was livestock roaming the yards– my favorites were the bunnies, goats and this cute little duck who thought he was a person.

So rather than going on and on about this place, I think it would be better to let the photos do the talking, to transport you back to a time of simpler days in Paris.

Paris - June 2014

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Where’s your favorite spot in Paris? 

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6 Comments

  1. November 18, 2014 / 10:35 am

    How funny – I studied in Paris in 2006 and Versailles was my least favorite place. It probably had something to do with the fact that the year I was there it was unusually hot, so walking around to all the different fountains at Versailles, with the sun beating down on us seemed like pure torture! My favorite part of being there was my early morning walks past Notre Dame on the way to class. Ahh, I’d love to go back. Great blog, by the way!

    • Beth Williams
      December 11, 2014 / 10:27 am

      I really didn’t care for the palace itself, but the further out gardens were just so quaint and peaceful!

  2. September 16, 2014 / 2:43 am

    I did not make it into the Hamlet but I did ride my bike around the forest and loved it! Like you, I too was not a huge fan of the actual palace itself as it was SO crowded!

    • Beth Williams
      September 29, 2014 / 10:26 am

      Sooo crowded! I think riding a bike around there sounds like a lot of fun. I’ll have to give that a try next time!

  3. September 10, 2014 / 4:49 am

    beautiful! I never got to see that part, you’re pretty lucky. I loved the gardens though, we were there when the fountains were turned on and it was just spectacular! The Versailes are sure something!

    My favourite part of paris still stands as Montmartre

    • Beth Williams
      September 29, 2014 / 10:26 am

      I loved Montmartre also… I think that’ll always be my favorite part, but there was something so lovely about the gardens at Versailles!