Above: View of the gardens of L’Orangerie from Airelles Château de Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle

The Château de Versailles, King Louis XIV’s immense royal residence 11 miles west of Paris in theÎle-de-Franceregion, is the third most popular site in France after the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. Most people visit Versailles on a day trip, which is something we’ve done many times. But to be honest, this has always been an exhausting and rather overwhelming outing because there’s so much to see that a single day can’t possibly do the place justice. Two days are required for a leisurely experience.

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Above: View of the gardens of L’Orangerie from Airelles Château de Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle

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