I am in Paris at the moment and today I visited the Château de Versailles. I had big expectations given all the "hype" around it, but in the end it turned to be extremely disappointing, to say the least. Inside, it's not THAT different from nor more impressive than any other European "château", be it Rosenborg Slot in Copenhagen or Palácio de Queluz in the outskirts of Lisbon - and one could name lots of other palaces in Europe that don't have the worldwide visibility that Versailles has. Ok, Versailles has its peculiar history, Louis XIV, Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, and so on, known worldwide, but that's it. The positive part of this visit: the gardens. Wonderfully planned and enormous, really awe-inspiring.
I arrived early in the morning and there was a big queue to get into the palace. I bought my ticket and I decided to visit the gardens first, but after lunch, aroun 2 pm, the queue was even bigger that in the morning, spiraling throughout the courtyard in front of the palace's entrance. Once inside, the hallways were crammed with tourists taking pictures like crazy to every single detail, stopping right ahead of you (instead of stepping to a corner or so) to take a picture and not letting you go through and, even worse: the HEAT was unbearable... A sort of claustrophobic experience inside a palace. Oh, and inside the REC C train as well: both from Paris to Versailles and back. The train is packed with tourists and the heat is awful. Perhaps the only way to truly enjoy the palace is visiting it on a grayish, rainy cold winter day in mid-February, where one is able to breathe and not being pushed by others through the hallways and rooms? I don't know nor will I ever now because I won't make the trip a second time.Edited: 17 April 2014, 19:06