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Take A Peek: The Stately Rooms of the Palace of Versailles

Chateau de Versailles or the Palace of Versailles used to be the centre of French power, wealth and influence. Today, it is a massive museum that shows the ups and downs of France way before the French Revolution. With 700 rooms, how can you not be lost? Or burn calories going up and down the marbled staircases? The Queen and King’s apartments are separated (or connected) with large terrace but later converted into a massive Hall of Mirrors, which is no doubt, the most extravagant room in the palace. I don’t remember I had a peek of Marie Antoinette’s rooms – but I think I was told it was under renovation. Ok, two months since I was there and I’m trying to remember everything here. LOL… 😀

The King’s Apartments. But, what I do remember is that, I was at the rooms on the King’s side of the palace. You can’t miss them because you have to pass them before reaching the grand Hall of Mirrors.

The Frescoes. The beauty of all these rooms are found on the paintings on the ceilings. Yes, it’s a pain in the neck! Each room has its own interesting theme but mostly named after the gods and goddesses from Greek Mythology.

Might Not Be Accurate. Since I’m trying to remember the rooms from memory, i’m not sure if the photos below are labelled properly. Pardon if there’s a mistake. Let me know if I labeled the rooms wrong. 😉 My apologies.

The Stately Rooms of the Palace of Versailles

Hercules Room / Take A Peek: The Stately Rooms of the Palace of Versailles (France).

Hercules Room / Take A Peek: The Stately Rooms of the Palace of Versailles (France).

Hercules Room. Named after the Greek divine hero, this room was the last to be built by King Louis XIV. Unlike Michelangelo’s masterpiece at Sistine Chapel, the frescoes here were painted on the canvas first before they’re plastered on the ceiling.

Abundance Room / Take A Peek: The Stately Rooms of the Palace of Versailles (France).

Abundance Room / Take A Peek: The Stately Rooms of the Palace of Versailles (France).

Abundance Room. As the name suggests, this room is abundant with food. 😀 This was the refreshment room filled wines, liquors, coffee, etc…

Take A Peek: The Stately Rooms of the Palace of Versailles (France).

Venus Room / Take A Peek: The Stately Rooms of the Palace of Versailles (France).

Venus Room. Look up and find heroes of ancient times whose actions were inspired by the goddess of love.

Diana's Room / Take A Peek: The Stately Rooms of the Palace of Versailles (France).

Diana’s Room / Take A Peek: The Stately Rooms of the Palace of Versailles (France).

Diana’s Room. Find the painting of Diana in a series of hunting activities.

Mars Room / Take A Peek: The Stately Rooms of the Palace of Versailles (France).

Mars Room / Take A Peek: The Stately Rooms of the Palace of Versailles (France).

Mars Room. Can you identify Mars on a chariot pulled by wolves?

Mercury Room / Take A Peek: The Stately Rooms of the Palace of Versailles (France).

Mercury Room / Take A Peek: The Stately Rooms of the Palace of Versailles (France).

Mercury Room. On the ceiling, Aristotle is receiving different animals from other countries given by Alexander the Great.

Apollo Room / Take A Peek: The Stately Rooms of the Palace of Versailles (France).

Apollo Room / Take A Peek: The Stately Rooms of the Palace of Versailles (France).

Apollo Room. Also called the Throne Room. King Louis XIV’s famous portraits hangs above the fireplace.

The Royal Chapel / Take A Peek: The Stately Rooms of the Palace of Versailles (France).

The Royal Chapel / Take A Peek: The Stately Rooms of the Palace of Versailles (France).

The Royal Chapel. This magnificent room is off limits to visitors. However, the door is wide open for you to take a peek of its unparalleled grandeur.

How to get to the Palace of Versailles

The palace is an hour drive west of Paris. Instead of taking a train, I decided to take the bus that our hostel arranged because there’s only 3 euros difference. And the best thing about it, our own car dropped us off right at the entrance of the palace. Unlike the train, you have to figure out a ride to the palace when you arrive at Versailles station. Our driver gave us three hours and a half to explore the palace, which is enough, unless you want to explore the whole acres of gardens.

Where to Stay in Paris

Paris is expensive. You’d be surprised how much you’d pay for a set menu in McDonald’s or Burger King. Yes, I know, those are fast-food but I do go there when I find local prices really expensive. 😀 So, if you’re on a budget trip to Paris, stay in a hostel. I stayed at St Christopher’s Hostel / Inn at Gare Du Nord. It’s three minutes walk to a major connecting metro and the area is surrounded with supermarkets, cafes and restaurants. Also, the hostel has its own bar, laundry room, lockers and security guards at the doors. It’s clean and staff are nice. You can book via HostelWorld, Expedia and Booking.com.

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