Versailles: The Town


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As I have already mentioned, we took SNCF train from Gare Saint Lazare to Versailles rive droit as it is one of the easiest way to reach Versailles and you can reach there in half an hour. I was lucky to have a perfect sunny weather this time in France . We saw our” own private view ” of Eiffel tower from the train which was an add on in this trip 🙂

Eiffel tower from the train to Versailles
Eiffel tower from the train to Versailles
The station
The station

Versailles rive droite station is beautiful with lots of greenery and flower gardens. Outside there are maps of the château and the whole city. You exit the station and come to the front road and take a left , then you can walk to the palace in 20 minutes. Best direction is from the pedestrians. On the way you can have a glimpse of the town.

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Founded by the will of King Louis XIV, it was the de facto capital of the kingdom of France for over a century, before becoming the cradle of the French Revolution. After having lost its status of royal city, it became the préfecture (regional capital) of Seine-et-Oise département in 1790, then of Yvelines in 1968, and a Roman Catholic diocese.

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If I had more money, I  would have stayed in the town. Versailles, 17 km away from Paris centre is a typical example of a French enchanting small town where you can taste the french culture, far away from the madding crowd of tourists in Paris.

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There is a nice open farmers’ market during the daytime, which can be a pretty good reason to stay for those who love farmers market like me. And there are fine confectioners, you can enjoy fresh French pastries at lower rate 😀

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The town has a lot of green, and simply walking around can be pleasant . I had no time to see the museums and the church, so you do see them and post some picture so that I can have a virtual tour 🙂 If I get a chance in future, I would stay in the town simply to savour the french culture and to roam around without hurry , without the hustle and bustle of Paris .

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    1. It is very quiet and serene out side the chateau i.e. palace . It is worth staying a day . I would suggest go in the afternoon, stay the night and see the city. Get up early and finish seeing the chateau and garden. And go back to Paris.

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  1. Fascinating – I have been to Versailles a couple of times years ago and just went straight to the palace. I would love wandering around this pretty town. I also have a French friend who lives close by in another little town so think a visit might be in order one day! 🙂

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