Every little girl grows up thinking she is a princess.
When I was little, I hoped that one day a distant relative would find me and bring me to a palace with royal family members that I truly belonged with. Ridiculous, I know – but it turns out that my friends had similar delusions too. Yamila is still convinced she is going to marry a certain gentleman who belongs to the royal family of Monaco. I think he has been promised to another, but I didn’t tell her that because I didn’t want to ruin a girl’s dream!
And so, with a full day in Paris ahead of us, us two princesses set off to go to Versailles!
The first time that I saw Versailles was during winter. It was freezing cold with winds so strong that it made exploring the palace grounds a horrible ordeal.
But this time in summer – walking around the gardens was the absolute highlight of our visit.
Flowers were blooming, fountains were spouting water and the lush green hedges were trimmed to perfection.
We skipped the huge lines waiting to enter the palace and went straight to the gardens.
It was a brilliant summer’s day to be wandering out here and we had a little picnic on the green.
I wish we brought along our own picnic basket with cheese and champagne for the occasion. But it didn’t matter – there were handsome French men selling hot potatoes and freshly squeezed juice at little food stalls in the gardens.
We said ‘oui’ to that!
Afterwards, we entered The Grand Trianon – the family residence on the Palace grounds. A little more homely than The Palace, you might say!
Then we headed to Marie Antoinette’s estate.
We had every intention of snooping through the rooms there too, but there were hundreds of people trying to get in and out of the place. We felt more like cows being herded around (rather than princesses exploring our palace!).
So we decided to give it a miss.
There was the same problem with The Palace. I only managed to take one shot indoors that wasn’t packed with tourist heads bobbing up and down in front of me!
Next time I visit Versailles, I would save the indoor visit for a cold winter’s day in Paris.
And in the peak summer season, I would just enjoy a long picnic in the gardens followed by dazzling fireworks at the Fountains Night Show in the evening.
Miffed by the crowds of people inside, Yami decided to venture off by ourselves and dream about life as a princess.
I know that Marie Antoinette said “Let them eat cake!” … but that must have been before macarons were invented in France.
I think you know where this idea is going 😉
There is a Laduree store inside The Palace – the perfect place to pick up a sweet afternoon treat!
Taking our seats next to one of the garden fountains, we basked in the sunshine and munched on our macarons for the rest of the day.
Two modern princesses in modern day Versailles