Listen, I am not a fan of Versailles.
Is it gorgeous? Yes. Is the architecture and design unreal? Absolutely. Are the textiles and objects d’art incredible, breathtaking and impossible to believe? Oh yes.
But guess who else thinks that.
LITERALLY EVERY HUMAN ON THE PLANET.
I have been to Versailles twice. The picture above was the courtyard when I arrived the first time and it was busy, but not insanely busy. I don’t know what it was about that day, but you could comfortably walk from room to room. Yes, comfortably. I don’t know if you’ve been to Versailles, but there is rarely a place to stop and take everything in. So many people, so many tours, so little space. The second time was so awful because it was so packed. I nearly had a panic attack!
But this post isn’t about that time. This post is about this time:
After I left the palace tour, I walked outside into the pouring rain. And I got to enjoy the entire gardens by myself. I think I maybe saw 7 other people in my 2-3 hour walk through the gardens. It rained off and on, but I honestly didn’t even notice.
I was enjoying the peace and quiet too much.
I walked the entire periphery of the artificial lake, as well as in the manicured gardens. I saw pheasants & foxes (though they were too quick for photos), but mostly I saw nobody.
And after a week in Paris of seeing what felt like everybody on the planet… that was exactly what I needed.