It has been a long time since I have traveled through the French countryside; from what I remember, it was breathtaking. My close friend and travel companion, Kells and I woke up bright and early on Sunday and headed to the metro. From there, we jumped on the train to Versailles. It took us around forty-five minutes to arrive in the sweet little town that surrounded the castle. On the short walk towards the estate, we were able to walk through a beautiful french Sunday market. It was busy with locals and tourists bustling around the stands, gathering around fresh fruit and vegetables, and toting crêpes and panini sandwiches. The flower stands have to be my favorite part of the french markets. You can always smell them as you approach the lovely layers of red roses, delicate baby’s breath, and bright tulips. Somehow flowers always seam more beautiful in France; it must be something about the idea of picking up fresh flowers from the market on your way home that seams so utterly and uniquely french. Or maybe that’s just me; when I think of french culture I think of warm pain au chocolates, the hustle bustle of a city who’s frozen in time, and the sweet crisp smell of fresh flowers.
Versailles is quite a wonder. As you approach the massive castle build by Louis XIV, you pass through enormous gold plated gates. It makes you wonder the kind of wealth it took to create such an extraordinary landmark. When walking thoughout the castle, you pass through many rooms with beautiful post-renaissance art work covering the walls depicting the sun king himself as well as the infamous Louis the VXI and his queen Marie Antoinette. Massive statues of French Kings as well as busts of sculptors, architects and military personnel line corridors and show off the wealth accumulated by the rulers of such a historically influential empire.
I have to say my favorite part of Versailles is the grounds. The estate that surrounds the castle stretches for acres and is embellished with beautiful gardens and weaving pathways that help to navigate the extensive grounds. Unfortunately since our visit was in late March, the weather was a bit chilly and the grounds had not quite recovered from winter, so I do recommend visiting when the weather is warmer, that way you can take better advantage of the beautiful gardens and see the many fountains in working order. If I were to visit again, I definitely want to ride a bike through the estate so that I can properly explore.
PANTS: Lulu Lemon
SWEATER: Abercrombie and Fitch
BOOTS: Steve Madden
PURSE: Marc Jacobs
SCARF and HAT: Unknown