Château de Versailles

Image credit: George Pearman

Château de Versailles

Weather Report: 3% chance of rain
Reality: Rained as I walked to the train station, rained randomly and lightly throughout the day


I spent about an hour commuting to Versailles this morning, with the intention of visiting the Château de Versailles. For those unfamiliar, this is where Versailles is located:

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Map showing Paris and Versailles

Once I arrived in the city I grabbed some food near the station.

Breakfast/lunch was a chicken sandwich at 10:30 AM ish. Apparently in France they also include unborn chicken (egg) in chicken sandwiches, making them extra delicious. Once again the mayonnaise was superb.

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Chicken sandwich

As I approached the palace I took these quick shots:

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Palace of Versailles

The actual palace was closed today. However, the gardens were free and extremely large: walking through them took most of the day.

My favorite part of the gardens were these large mirrors that they had behind the palace. They led to some extremely interesting photos:

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To the south of the palace lay some grass areas with interesting patterns.

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There were pools of water all over the place:

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Straight lines look good when I stand near their intersection.

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I believe they called this the “sky mirror”:

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West of the palace was an incredible view that stretched very far into the horizon. Close to the palace was a pool with statues in the middle.

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I walked west and found myself near some tree tunnels. Again, I really enjoyed taking a panorama with lots of straight lines.

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I continued walking as it started to rain. I wanted to get a picture of this statue in the rain from the other side (so you could see the face).

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But of course by the time I got there it wasn’t raining hard enough to see the droplets in the water well.

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Walking onwards I found a much larger water pool with a horse and chariot. I seem to recognize the view, so I would guess that it is famous.

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I went back to the mirrors when there were slightly fewer people, because the mirrors were so fun looking:

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You can see me!

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Me

Here’s a weird horn thing I found:

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Weird horn thing

Another pool with statues:

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Finally, it was time to leave:

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See you later, Versailles!

Dinner: also a sandwich, this time - a cheese sandwich!

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A delicious cheese sandwich