As many of you have asked "how", "what" and "where"; I thought I would let you know what I believe to be the ingredients to create the most perfect weekend...
Getting There & Where To Stay
If you are like me, you will spend hours looking for the perfect hotel. My go-to hotel finder is Instagram which I find gives you a better insight into a hotel... and it didnt fail me, because I found Hôtel Le Louis Versailles Château which is where we stayed. It's the closest hotel to the Versailles Palace and it is stunning. The hotel has recently been renovated with emerald greens and gold and suits the city perfectly. They kindly upgraded us to a suite which was spacious and even had my favourite music playing when I arrived which made us feel so welcomed. Most importantly the beds were a dream, breakfast was delicious and the staff were so helpful. Follow the link below:
After a fantastic sleep, in my very comfy bed, we were off to visit the palace which is unimaginably beautiful! I really did wonder how on earth they lived here... the whole place is ginormous! I will let the photos do the talking.......
After stopping at Ladurée, which is conveniently located within the Palace, we had a couple of macarons and much needed water because the sun had come out after months of hiding! The temperature hit 30c and we decided to venture out into the garden and catch a little train to The Grand Trianon, Petit Trianon and Marie- Antoinette’s estate which features a small palace, farm and her country house (my favourite building of the visit). We then hopped back on the train and went back to the Palace, Versailles is vast and I highly recommend hopping on this little train or you won’t have enough time to see everything. It cost 8 Euros.
After researching restaurants in Versailles, I came across Le Bistrot du 11 which has a sister restaurant in Paris and WOW it was INSANE!!! The BEST MEAL EVER and very good value (36Euros for 3 courses and they bring copious amounts of bread) we then crossed the road and headed back to No Water for a little drinkie.
After conquering the garden and on the hottest weekend of the year, we definitely deserved a well-earned drink and found just outside the gates there is a lovely café with nice simple French food where we had a crêpe and enjoyed a lot of Aperol spritz. laflottille.fr/en/
It was time to end this magical adventure and go home.
- Bring water – You are allowed to take in small bottles of water, there is no A/C in the palace and on hot days with the crowds the heat can be sweltering.
- Pre-buy your tickets, the queues are long!
- Do not bring big bags (they are not allowed)
- Eat a big breakfast
- Arrive at Eurostar in Paris with enough spare time the queues are very long and disorganised.