Unfortunately, the famous fountains weren't running while we were there (apparently they are only on during the weekends in the spring), so we didn't get to see the grounds in all their glory. Nonetheless, the whole place is absolutely amazing and gorgeous. Cheers to the vision of the architects and artisans that created this masterpiece and also to those who have worked to restore and maintain the grounds and buildings over the years. It really is wonderful to be able to enjoy Versailles now, despite the tumultuous circumstances that its creation once caused. Anyhow, here are some shots taken during our visit...
Grand Trianon...marble checkerboard floors never looked better.
Room in the Grand Trianon. I was drooling over those green curtains!
I adore this period of French architecture. Since the palace and its grounds were originally built with no expense spared, the details and craftsmanship are apparent in every facet of the structures. These were taken at the Petite Trianon:
I loved the color of these doors paired with the limestone walls and marble floors...
The trim work in this room is exquisite. I'd die to have those wood floors too!
My favorite little building at the Petite Trianon.
Amazing garden. In my humble opinion, French gardens are the best...the symmetry and precision is so impressive.
One of my favorite elements of French gardens is the topiary. I love that they are playful, yet orderly.
Best tree trimmers in the world must work at Versailles!
A very royal gate..
Main château...and my husband
Hall of Mirrors...oh how I would love to have a room full of chandeliers!
Camera stand-off between my mom and husband at the Grand Trianon. At this point in the day, I think we were all ready for some wine :)
If you're planning a visit, be sure to allocate at least a full day for Versailles because it is a sprawling estate...also, don't forget to wear comfortable shoes because you'll be doing lots of walking!