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.
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.
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.