We had pre-booked, which saved a lot of time, but seems strange that they coud not hand out audioguides/maps etc in same place. As previous reviewers said, state apartments in particular are a complete scrum; utter chaos as hoards of visitors block the flow of traffic from one room to the next, taking (allegedly banned) flash photographs. Some fellow visitors exhibit incredibly bad behaviour in this regard; we were pushed out of the way several times, by people taking pictures of objects which are damaged by flash photography. And none of this is managed, in any way, by staff. We saw a couple of curators, but only in the quieter areas; they seem to have given up on coping with the hoards in the main rooms. However, most of these people have given up after the hall of mirrors, and you can wander more at your leisure; there is still a great deal to see, and the dauphins apartments are well worth a viewing. We went to Petit Trianon and the hamlet the previous day; we thought those gardens far more relaxing and attractive than the formal palace gardens; very sweet little farm to see, too, and hardly any poeple there.
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