Queen of Versailles

Before Tor and I jetted off to Iceland, we spent the first week of 2017 in Paris. The first half of our Paris trip was a work commitment for Tor, but the second half we spent with friends exploring the City of Love as well as the royal palace of Versailles.

The last time my husband and I traveled to Paris, we didn’t make it to Versailles. Since it’s no secret how much I am obsessed with royal history, it should come as no surprise that I was very anxious to visit the former royal residence of the French royal family. We gathered a few of our friends that were in Paris with us, and we all hopped on a RER train and headed west towards the palace.

Miss USA 2011 Alyssa Campanella of The A List blog visits Versailles in January 2017

Grandeur and splendor were two words that initially came to mind as we arrived at Versailles. From the lavish bedrooms and parlors to the stunning Hall of Mirrors (which gave me epic Beauty & the Beast vibes), I felt like a princess the minute I stepped inside. I pictured Marie Antoinette walking through those magnificent hallways or hearing mass in the royal chapel. Speaking of Marie Antoinette, our second hotel in Paris was located by the Place de la Concorde (where Marie Antoinette was executed) so visiting Versailles and then returning to our hotel felt like coming full circle in the later life of the doomed queen.

It had been raining earlier in the day of our visit, but the skies opened up to reveal glorious sunshine just in time for our walk through Versailles’ famous gardens. This embroidered Red Valentino bag of birds was more than appropriate, since the birds in the trees surrounding the palace began to sing as if spring had arrived.

Miss USA 2011 Alyssa Campanella of The A List blog visits Versailles in January 2017

Marie Antoinette’s apartments were closed during our visit, so we will just have to head back to Versailles when we head back to Paris next year!

Photos by Torrance Coombs.

Red Valentino bag c/o, Bow blouse, Banana Republic sweater (similar here), Lafayette 148 NY coat c/o (old, similar here and here), J Brand jeansMarc Fisher shoes, Celine sunglasses

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13 Comments

  1. Kashya Smith

    So glad I stumbled across this blog! 🙂 Did you guys get a chance to do the tour of the King`s Private Apartments? Certainly worth it.

    Posted 1.26.17 Reply
    • The A List

      Hi Kashya! Yes we did, so impressive! I was also visiting the palace with my friend Adelaide, so we were enjoying Madame Adelaide’s apartments as well.

      Posted 1.26.17 Reply
  2. Ahhh I’ve been waiting for this post since you posted a lot of these on snapchat. I got quite excited, lol! Paris is really dreamy! I can’t wait for my turn to visit Paris!
    XX Nikaia | Where To Next?

    Posted 1.26.17 Reply
    • The A List

      Aww thank you! There are two more Paris posts coming – stay tuned!

      Posted 1.26.17 Reply
  3. I adore this outfit and Versailles is so stunning, Im also into royal history!
    xx,
    Areli // Areli’s April blog
    https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/arelis-april-18182725

    Posted 1.26.17 Reply
    • The A List

      Thank you Areli!

      Posted 1.26.17 Reply
  4. Sabrina

    Hi,

    I love your post on Versailles! I was born and raised in Paris, and currently living abroad but you make me miss France even more ! I feel like there’s something about Paris (and its surrondings) that I will never be able to find anywhere else 🙂

    Can’t wait for your next Paris posts !

    Posted 1.27.17 Reply
    • The A List

      Thank you so much Sabrina! I am glad my posts are able to bring back happy memories of Paris for you 🙂 It truly is a charming city! I hope you love my next post! xoxo

      Posted 1.27.17 Reply
  5. Beautiful pictures. It seems you were alone in Versailles . How did you make it?

    Posted 1.27.17 Reply
    • The A List

      Thanks Xavier! And I wasn’t alone… I was with my husband and a few of our friends! January isn’t a popular time to visit Versailles, which is why the palace seems very quiet in these pics.

      Posted 1.27.17 Reply
  6. So lovely, as always! I’m loving that purse, it’s so beautiful! Also, I totally feel you – I’m a sucker for royal history! <3

    It's Me, Maggie | http://itsme-maggie.blogspot.com/

    Posted 1.27.17 Reply
    • The A List

      Thank you, Maggie! And I’m glad to see someone else is into royal history like me!

      Posted 1.28.17 Reply
  7. Ron

    Wonderful ! Very romantic !

    “Green dresses, crimson, black or purple,
    were never worn by ladies,
    nor golden hair tied in a fair braid,
    as beautifully as she who robs me
    of my will, and takes away the path
    of my liberty, so I cannot even
    tolerate a lighter yoke…”

    Posted 1.25.19 Reply