France: Château de Versailles

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Arrived at Château de Versailles

I don’t get to see my parents so often – only once or twice a year, so when they planned their trip to Belgium in May, Koen and I wanted to take them on a special trip to France. Specifically the highlight is the French Open in Paris! But first things first, the Château de Versailles. Everyone in my family has visited Versailles with the exception of my mother, so of course we set out to change this!

I am not sure how much introduction to the Palace of Versailles is necessary, but it’s the former home of King Louis XIV and Queen Marie Antionette (“Let them eat cake!”) up until the French Revolution in 1789.

This was my 5th time at Versailles and by far the busiest I have ever seen the palace! I guess because we were there in May with warm, sunny weather? Even though we bought our tickets ahead, we still had to wait almost 2 hours in line (luckily we had umbrellas in the car that we could use as shade!). But the Château de Versailles is very beautiful and worth the visit if you have the chance! Just don’t forget they’re closed on Mondays!

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Family photo, of course!

 

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The line wrapped around like a snake

 

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But we made it inside!

 

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One of the many beautiful hallways

 

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Mom and me with a view of the gardens

 

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“Monkeys riding goats” a sculpture depicting Aesop’s Combat of the Birds and Land Animals, ultimately won by the birds

 

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Another view of the garden from inside

 

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Love the lion’s face

 

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The Golden Door Series

 

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❤ ❤ ❤

 

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Marble bust of Louis XIV by Bernini

 

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The Salon de Mercure

 

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About to enter the Hall of Mirrors

 

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The Hall of Mirrors

 

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Taking a break

 

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Room of Madame Victoire

 

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Bedroom of Madame Victoire

 

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Bedroom of Madame Adélaïde

 

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The beautiful gardens

 

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Headed into downtown Versailles for dinner

 

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Restaurant À la ferme (On the Farm)

 

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Foie gras for Koen and me

 

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Koen’s entrecôte

 

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Mom’s ongelet with shallot sauce

 

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Duck with orange sauce for me

 

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Time for dessert – crèpes from Le Blé Noir

 

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Lemon and sugar for me

 

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Chocolate for me

 

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My parents enjoying their crèpes before we head back to Paris!

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