Paris on a Budget: Day 2

To make the most of your 3 days 2 nights Parisian experience, you have two (2) options to choose from where to spend your second day.  For the child at heart, head off to Disneyland Paris  in Marne La Vallée.  This is accessible via RER A Train from Central Paris Stations or for those coming from CDG Airport, there is a TGV train going straight to Disney. 

The second option is to spend a day at the Versailles.  

How to get there?  Click Paris by Train to Versailles       

This place has been in my bucket list at the tender age of 5 and surprisingly enough, Not Disney.  So it was a no brainer for me.  I was extremely excited!  I couldn't wait to see the formal gardens and the interiors of this majestic work of architecture!

The statue of Napoleon Bonaparte on a horse will greet you at the entrance
The chateau is closed on Mondays! It's usually open daily from 9AM- 5:30PM November to March  and 9AM -6:30PM April to October.   Feel free to purchase entrance tickets online  to avoid the long queues.  Do start your visit early to make the most of your trip there. 

I love this conical shaped lanscaping

Where King Louis XIV used to play

Windy refreshing day 
Let's race to the end!
 Your visit is not complete without checking The Hall of Mirrors and the various chambers inside the Grand Palace. There are various audio guided tours available to choose from in several languages. The first half of the day was spent exploring the Grand Palace.  During mid day, we enjoyed our own DIY walk in the Gardens.  

We found a small restaurant outside the palace grounds on the right where we had lunch. I enjoyed my spaghetti bolognese.  Lots of carb burning during this tour so I needed the energy. After lunch, we continued our garden stroll and visited the Trianons. There are two informal restaurants within the gardens; La Flotille and La Petite Venise. There is also a Cafe within.  You will find more restaurants beyond the Palace walls.

The Grand Trianon
This pink marble trianon designed by the architect, Mansart,  was where King Louis XIV stayed surrounded by orderly gardens.  We have witnessed an actual wedding ceremony held there during our visit.

Petit Trianon
 The Petit Trianon was a gift to Marie-Antoinette by King Louis XVI.

Can you imagine hearing the horse hooves pulling the carriages on the way to the entrance of the Petit Trianon?
We also discovered The Temple of Love and the Queen's Apartment during our strolls.

The Water Parterres

You can finish up the tour by visiting the town centre of Versailles.
More adventures on Day 3..

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