6 reasons to visit the Palace of Versailles – Louis XIV’s spectacular chateau; Eleanor Lees; BT

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Here’s why you should visit the infamous chateau.

We take a look at why the French king was so enamoured with the former hunting lodge, and why you should go and visit.

1. It’s one of the world’s biggest palaces

The Palace of Versailles started out life as a hunting lodge in what was then a small country village 12 miles south west of Paris.

It was subsequently expanded by Louis XIV and became the principal residence of the French royal family.

The first stage of the expansion took 17 years and saw three new wings added. Further building work included the addition of two more wings, stables, the Grand and Petit Trianon, the Chapel and the Opéra.

2. Wander the extensive gardens

The gardens of Versailles span across 800 hectares and comprise 200,000 trees, 50 fountains and a 5.57km canal.

Much of this was formerly woods and marshland but now in place of these is an extraordinary network of magnificent gardens.

They’ve been inscribed on the Unesco World Heritage List for a reason.

3. Marvel at the fountains

Despite the sheer volume of fountains across the vast gardens, Versailles has always had a problem with water supply.

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5 Magnificent Gardens Around The World That Would Take Your Breath Away; Perry Barnes; Idea Digezt

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During the earlier days, having a garden served a different purpose than merely aesthetics. It was created to store plants with medicinal purposes and for food. For some, it was also a way to worship the gods and goddesses. Nowadays, gardens are created to bring out the beauty of nature and for so many more reasons.

Take a trip and see the world’s magnificent gardens. Who knows, you just might find something to add to your bucket list of next places to visit.

Butchart Gardens

Located at Brentwood Bay in British Columbia is a garden that has been tagged as one of the National Historic Sites of Canada because of its rich history and beauty. The garden, which was built during the 1900s, is filled with an estimated 900 types of flowering blooms that attract millions of visitors all locally and internationally every year.

Jennie Butchart, who arrived in the west coast of Canada from Ontario with her husband Robert at the turn of the century, started the garden.

Source: 5 Magnificent Gardens Around The World That Would Take Your Breath Away | Idea Digezt

Tips for a non-touristy visit to Versailles; Mary Winston Nicklin; CNN

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Are you planning a visit to Versailles? Follow these tips on seeing France’s most famous palace, dripping with luxury and history.

(CNN) — Is there a palace anywhere in the world as famous as the Château de Versailles

Dripping with gilt and marble, the colossal palace was the singular vision of Louis XIV, aka the almighty Sun King, whose lavish, lusty lifestyle mirrored his global ambitions for France in the 17th century. The monarch recruited the finest craftsmen of the day for his Pharaonic project: transforming his father’s simple hunting lodge into a party pad to house the 6,000-person royal court. The numbers are dizzying: 700 rooms, 27 acres of roof, 67 staircases.

Landscape architect André Le Nôtre literally moved mountains to create the endless perspective of gardens.

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A royal site eyed for equestrian sports at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games; Eurosport UK

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A beach volleyball court on the Champ de Mars beside the Eiffel Tower, archery on the Esplanade des Invalides, cycling on the Champs-Élysées, fencing and taekwondo at the Grand Palais. As part of its master plan for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Paris envisions using its famous landmarks as stunning backdrops for the international competition. And equestrian sports are no exception.

This week, the French minister of sports visited the historic Château de Versailles palace and grounds about 20 km southwest of the centre of the French capital. The UNESCO World Heritage site is expected to be the venue for Show Jumping, Eventing and Dressage at the two global sports gatherings in seven years, following the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo.

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Palace of Versailles Bike Tour with Fat Tire Tours; Mary Solio; The World Is A Book

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We’re usually not the tour groups type since doing them with kids can be challenging. But, our three-week itinerary this past summer in Europe with a seven day cruise included quite a few tours. One of our favorites was biking to and around the Palace of Versailles in France with Fat Tire Tours. See why this tour was the best way to see this massive royal residence.

Getting There

We met the group and our tour guide, Eddie (who’s from Spain), at the Fat Tire Tours office near the Eiffel Tower. Eddie gave us a brief orientation of what we were doing for the rest of the day. There were 17 in our group including five kids and my 11 year old son being the youngest.

Our group walked a few blocks to the RER C Champ de Mars train station.

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Don’t pack your selfie stick when you travel to these destinations; OnManorama

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We hate to tell you this. But your favorite smart phone accessory is not welcome at these places and festivals.

Milan, Italy

It was in July 2017 that Milan, in Italy decided to ban selfie sticks, food trucks and glass bottles from its streets. The ban on selfie sticks came into effect because they felt that it will put astop to distracted, “anti-social behavior” among both residents and tourists. What can you see anddo in Milan? UNESCO world heritage sites, the capital of fashion, Milan is a must visit for a traveller

Disney parks

It is almost a year since Disney Parks across the globe banned selfie sticks. “Handheld extensionpoles have become a growing safety concern for both our guests and cast,” say officials.

Mecca

Mecca, the holiest of cities for those who profess Islam, needs no introduction.

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Day trips from Paris for travelers of every stripe; Expedia Viewfinder

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Take a break from the City of Light and explore more of the French countryside.

There’s no shortage of amazing things to do in Paris, but if you’re looking for a respite from the city’s bustle or just a change in scenery, day trips are a refreshing and productive alternative. Here are a handful of locations to visit if you’ve got a day or 2 free for exploring—each area has its own unique charms, so we’ve bundled them according to what might interest every sort of traveler, from history buffs to wine lovers.

Excursions for History Lovers

Immerse yourself in the rich heritage and lavish beauty of France with a day trip out to the Palace of Versailles. The chateau, built in 1623 by King Louis XIII, was the seat of France’s political power from 1682 to 1789.

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Gardens of the Palace of Versailles: A touch of Royalty; Siddhartha Joshi; The Wanderer

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The beautiful roads from Paris lead up to one core tourist attraction: the Chateau de Versailles. Intricately designed, rich in history, and with one of the most attractive of all the gardens you’ll ever set your eyes on, Versailles lies at the epitome of French sophistication, style, elegance, and beauty.

Ranked among the largest in the world, the gardens at Versailles are as perfectly laid out as you can imagine. During my visit to the site, I was taken aback not just by how form met functionality but also by the ability of the French to maintain such a gem for so many years.

Formal almost to a fault, the gardens are a force of the triumph of humanity.

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