Imagine a palace all to yourself where you can roam the halls, slide down banisters and wander secret passages.
Well, this isn’t exactly what we experienced at the Chateau of Versailles.
Meeting up with Brooke from World of Wanderlust we had envisioned something a little different when planning somewhere to take our Olympus cameras for a spin. Being a Sunday, there was almost half of Paris there to roam the halls of Versailles with us, it’s great to have company and all but wall to wall iPhones in the air can get a tad in the way.
Breezing through the Chateau we snapped photos when a clear space appeared, ever on the look-out for that beautiful interior angle that showcased the grandeur of Versailles.
With the halls being so full, I started seeking shots out the window. Using the historic artwork and sunbeams to compose images rather than worrying about the tour group flags flapping in front of me. A huge plus about the palace interiors though is that particular sections are cordoned off allowing you to capture images of features such as Marie Antoinette’s bedroom and beautiful artwork without anyone in your shot.
Everything changed once we entered the gardens.
Open spaces, bright blue skies, chirping birdies and musical fountains. It was like a test where if you make it through the madness you’re treated to the good stuff!
Versailles is known for its gardens, spanning 800 ha, they’re sectioned off with mazes, canals and forests where over 200,000 flowers are planted annually. Yep, they’re seriously impressive!
One corner of the gardens is home to The Queen’s Hamlet, a peaceful area with a rural feel that instantly transports you to another era.
The buildings here are almost a total contrast to the palace. Vegetable patches filled with rows of colourful produce rest in front of wooden houses surrounded with picket fences and blooming vines.
I’d highly recommend visiting on a week day or taking advantage of the upcoming evening events at Versailles with fountain shows and royal French style balls held inside the hall of mirrors, every Saturday from June 17th to September 18th.
Take a peek at a collection of photos from our adventures around the Chateau de Versailles…
All images below are taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II and paired with the versatile 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO lens. You’ll find setting details noted in some of the captions!
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May 26, 2017 at 9:39 am
Oh I love Versailles! I visited years ago but it wasn’t this green, I really want to go again now =)
May 26, 2017 at 5:52 pm
Oh my goodness, so many pretty photos here! We meant to make a day trip over to Versailles when we were in Paris, but ran out of time. Probably a good thing since we would have been visiting over a weekend, too. And I’m not nearly as talented as you at still getting great shots with thousands of people milling about! 😉
May 28, 2017 at 1:21 am
Mmm weekends aren’t something I’ll recommend from now onward! Although the gardens are worth a visit alone I think, I’ve never been much of an interior museum kinda gal 😉
May 27, 2017 at 10:58 pm
Versailles looks wonderful and your photos are magic! Loved your outfit too 😀
May 28, 2017 at 1:19 am
Thanks Karin, that’s not me in the photos 🙂 That’s Brooke!
May 28, 2017 at 12:07 am
Gorgeous photos 🙂 Enormous canopied beds, exquisite artwork, marbled walls, and gold in every direction you look. It’s easy to see why the French felt resentful of the privilege enjoyed by the aristocracy, passionately beginning a revolution ! I would love to visit again Versailles at spring time with all the beautiful flowers i
May 28, 2017 at 1:20 am
Absolutely right! It’s so beautiful all in bloom. I did the same and my first trip was in winter when there were no flowers in sight. Definitely worth a revisit!
Laura Anne Gardner
May 28, 2017 at 1:40 am
When I was in Paris I didn’t have time for Varsailles, I need to go back. Love your outfit by the way 🙂
May 28, 2017 at 1:52 am
Definitely a good excuse to go back to Paris! Also I wish I was that photogenic but that’s Brooke from World of Wanderlust in the photos 🙂
May 28, 2017 at 2:09 am
I loved Versailles and you took gorgeous pictures of it. Looks like the perfect time of year to visit. Not over run with tourists but the gardens seem lovely!
May 28, 2017 at 2:10 am
Thanks Meghan, it was actually really busy as I’ve mentioned above! The gardens were a beautiful relief to the craziness of inside 🙂
May 28, 2017 at 3:07 am
I absolutely love your beautiful pictures!!! Versailles is a wonderful place to visit, though I’ve only ever seen it when it’s crowded with tourists, you’re amazing at taking the pics minus the crowds!! 🙂
May 28, 2017 at 3:10 am
Behind me there were A LOT of people haha. For the shot of Marie Antoinette’s bedroom I was being pushed and shoved from all directions by tour groups with iPhones in the air! Crazy! The gardens however were so peaceful, a total contrast to inside!
The 5 to 9 Traveller
May 28, 2017 at 4:41 am
Beautiful photos! You know I’ve been to Paris numerous times and still not ventured to this palace. This post ensures I must rectify that tis so stunning!
May 28, 2017 at 6:28 am
This is so beautiful – thank you for the tour! I haven’t been to Versailles yet and am planning to go on my next Europe trip, but that will be in December for the Christmas Markets so the gardens won’t be nearly the same. I appreciate getting to see their beauty here, though!
May 28, 2017 at 6:54 am
It’s so pretty and green! Your photos are gorgeous, as is your website. I’m kicking myself that I’ve been to Paris twice and never made the trip out here.
Kristin @ Camels & Chocolate
May 29, 2017 at 12:29 am
How fun that you got to meet up with Brooke! And your photos are just lovely. I’ve only been to this palace once, back in 2003, and I barely remember anything about it!
May 29, 2017 at 7:18 am
Such beautiful pictures, I’m in love! I particularly love the pic of the hallway with the busts. Looks like a perfect day for you and your camera!
May 29, 2017 at 7:53 am
Versailles looks SO beautiful! I’ve been obsessed for a while ever since seeing Sophia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette. I need to visit! So gorgeous! LOVE your photos!
June 4, 2017 at 2:58 pm
WOW! Your pictures look stunning! Versailles gardens looks so peaceful and enchanted. Loved reading your post and thank you for the camera setting for the photos too. that really helps.