|Versailles Bike Tour Review|
If you've ever been to Versailles, you will know that this place is BIG. In fact, like 2000 acres big. That means you aren't going to see *everything*. Your feet can only walk so far though. For instance, it's 0.6 miles from the train station to the palace entrance alone.
|Versailles is the biggest palace in the world. This picture is from wikipedia.|
So I present to you my favorite option of all three: a bike tour of Versailles!
We booked ours through the Fat Tire Bike Tours company. I cannot sing enough praise. (btw, I was not paid to write about this). Here's how it works: you book a ticket online. Then you all meet at their office over by the Eiffel Tower. Then you walk over to the train station. They supply you a train ticket. You all take the train together. After you get off the train, you walk a short distance to an office to pick up your bikes in the town of Versailles.
Now the fun begins! You bike down cute little streets like this and head to a French market!
|streets of Versailles|
|the French market|
|Marie Antoinette's sheep|
|husband and I enjoying our trip!|
|picture from wikipedia|
I just wanted to include this bedroom from the Petit Trianon... it is SO CUTE. The bed cornice, the little chair, the fabric, the colors, the light green and grey paneling on the walls... despite being the mistress she had some good taste!
|cute French bedroom|
|Hameau de Marie Antoinette|
After leaving the Hameau, you bike down to the Grand Trianon. King Louis got sick of his big chateau so he built a smaller one where only the men would hang out.
The columns are made from the rarest pink marble of the time.
After biking around part of the canal, we came to our spot for our picnic. Look at how beautiful our picnic spot was! It was really a dream come true! Everyone enjoyed baguettes and cheese (and wine for those who drink). We had such a nice time relaxing at this spot, watching the boaters paddle on by.
As it was my birthday, we even picked up this raspberry tart for my birthday cake! It just barely fit in the bicycle basket but we made it work. Doesn't look too bad despite being jostled around in the bike all morning!
|Versailles golden gate|
Everywhere you looked inside there was gold everywhere! This is definitely a house for a king!
In fact it was so crazy packed, we didn't get any pictures of the rooms as we were being pushed and shoved by the rude Chinese tour groups.
That's why I had to include this picture that's not mine of Marie Antoinette's bedroom. It was just so incredibly opulent. And yes, they really did have that little golden fence there because people would literally be walking through the palace and watch the royals sleep and do their daily routine. So strange!
|Marie Antoinette's bedroom, pic from wikipedia.|
Versailles is known for its fountains. They weren't running when we were there. They will put on a fabulous show at certain times.
|pic from wiki|
Then we headed to the train and made our way back to Paris.
I tried to include a map of the day. This was the route that we took that day.
|our route map for the day.|
Final thoughts: This was the highlight of our trip to Paris. I HIGHLY recommend going on this bike tour. It was so much fun. We loved going to the market and picking out our food for our picturesque picnic on the Grand Canal. We felt like the King and Queen of France eating our raspberry tart on the chateau grounds. I really enjoyed going to the Hameau, which wasn't very crowded because as you can see it's a long walk from the chateau. Ironically, the palace itself was my least favorite part of the trip. It was way over-crowded. I'm not sure the picnic would be as fun if it rained, but I was told they have ponchos. The tour group also provides cutlery and glasses for your picnic. There were about 20 people on the tour with us, which was manageable. Our tour guide was knowledgable and friendly. I really cannot sing enough praise about this whole experience. I highly recommend you do it!
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