This episode features our frequent and very popular guest Elyse Rivin. If you enjoy her episodes, please consider supporting her on Patreon.
Today on Join Us in France we take a day trip to Versailles from Paris and visit the Versailles Château. Is that something you've always wanted to do? It is certainly spectacular!
Absolute Monarchy in France
This château is the symbol of the absolute monarchy in France. It always inspired both admiration and resentment and we are sure it will not leave you indifferent either.
One thing is for sure: it is stately. As a matter of fact, the whole city of Versailles is stately in many ways: wide avenues, statues, grand buildings. In this episode, Elyse gives us some historical background about Versailles, we discuss why you should consider going, and why maybe you should skip it too.
How To Avoid The Lines At Versailles?
But the most important question we can answer for you is this: the lines at Versailles which can be formidable and you need to hear our tips on what you can do to make it more bearable. Should you take the time to explore the grounds or just be in and out of the château? These are all questions we tackle in today's episode.
Annie's Hot Tip
Plan on spending the whole day. It's easy to get there from Paris using the RER, but it makes for a long day. Get on the RER around 8 AM to get there for opening time at 9 AM.
Book one of the wonderful tours from the official Versailles guides. They have a few in English, but you need to book early, they fill up!
When you're done with your private tour, spend the rest of the day walking around the gardens. Wait until 5 PM to go back to see the Hall of Mirrors when most of the visitors have left.
Correction: Elyse misspoke, Louis XIV is the son of Louis XIII and Anne of Austria, NOT Mary of Medici.