We all have this image of Versailles. Tucked away outside of Paris, the residence of the Kings and Queens of France is as opulent as you could think. On my first trip to Paris, Versailles was the first place that I visited. The chateau astounded me, the gardens thrilled me and Marie Antoinette’s portrait enamoured me. But I came in May and it was a warm Spring day. I knew I needed to see the gardens of Versailles in my favourite season – Fall.
Now, the day that I ventured out this Fall, it was a rainy Sunday. (And if you haven’t noticed, I really like to adventure on Sundays). Nevertheless, I made the most of my trip (and took advantage of free entry for students under the age of 26!).
Walking out of the train, the first thing my friend Mayowa and I noticed was a KFC. Now, before you judge us, we’re Americans and we appreciate how much better KFC is in Paris than it is in the States. We made a mental note to return before we headed home.
On our way to the gardens, we spotted a carnival that also was reminiscent to our homes back in the US, even though Mayowa hails from the West Coast and I hail from the East. At the carnival, we found the best (and cheapest) crepes and churros. The greatest start to our trip.
Once full of sweets, we started to wander around the town, appreciating the changing colour of the trees, the quiet of the suburb and the slightly-less-Haussmanian French architecture. We explored churches and stared at shop windows until we finally made our way into the gardens.
We entered by the sheep’s pasture and made our way down to Marie Antoinette’s Hameau, followed by the Petit Trianon, Grand Trianon and the rest of the gardens. I felt like I was transported back to the era of Marie Antoinette (or at least the 2006 movie by Sofia Coppola).
Mayowa and I culminated our Sunday with one last loop around the town (KFC in tow) and spent the train ride (RER C in case you want to visit yourself) already reminiscing about the perfect rainy, Fall Sunday in Versailles.
Photos Courtesy of Mayowa