Chateau de Versailles | Photopost | Gail's Interrail Adventure

13 March 2018



Hello!

Bit of a late one this Tuesday, my laptop has been playing up a bit so it's not been easy getting this up on time. Also, I'm going to be 24 tomorrow. What. That's come way too fast, I don't feel 24 yet. Help.

Anyway, I'm sure by now you're all avid readers of my couchsurfing and interrail posts. If you've not caught up yet, I went to Toulouse, Menton/Monaco, Grenoble and got lost in Lyon for a few hours before I arrived in Paris (The next post!). On day one of Paris, I decided to take a trip to Versailles.

I got my train ticket and arrived in the city during early afternoon, and soon learned that due to being under the age of 26, and (at least currently) being a member of the European Union, I was able to enter the castle for free. So, I queued for an hour, my phone battery died and I plugged it into my portable Superman charger and, after flashing my passport for the ticket inspectors, I was inside the Chateau de Versailles, which had been a dream of mine for close to 14 years - just as long as I'd wanted to learn to surf!

The castle was really busy, so I didn't find myself enjoying it as much as I'd wanted, and I moved quickly from room to room, on occassion going around in circles and seeing the same rooms multiple times. I took a lot of pictures (not all included here) and visited all the gift shops inside the castle that I came across, making sure to buy some gifts for my mum - but not the 110€ perfume that I initially took to one of the tills, because as lovely as it smelled... I didn't have that much money with me...

After that, I found myself in the gardens, got myself lost and found my way Petit Trianon, where I fangirled a lot over Marie Antoinette, and got asked for directions by two French girls (lots of people talked to me in France). I decided at 4.45pm that I should probably find my way out of the gardens. Where, once again, I got lost. I honestly have no idea how I got myself so lost, because I've no idea where I'd even ended up! I trued really hard to follow street maps to no avail, but, an hour later, with very little help from google maps, I found myself at a train station on my way back into the centre of Paris to meet my friend Natasha for dinner.

It was a long and eventful day, but I don't want to make a super long post that consists of 'and I walked to this room and this room and this room....' because that's boring, so instead, enjoy some pretty pictures from in and around the Chateau de Versailles.

I'll see you on Saturday for what I got up to in Paris.

Until next time, be excellent to each other.