Day Five

Château de Versailles

4th April '14
9.9 miles walked
494 photos taken

Today we took a train just outside of Paris to visit the Château de Versailles, also known as the Palace of Versailles in the Île-de-France region. It was a particularly cold, foggy and overcast day but that didn't stop tons of people from heading to see it.

The palace was built over the course of hundreds of years under the reign of various kings, starting in the early 1600s. It has more than 700 rooms, more than 2,000 windows, 1,250 chimneys and 67 staircases.

After seeing the main palace, we entered the gardens. The gardens are home to over 200,000 trees, 210,000 flowers, 50 fountains and 620 water jets. It's so expansive that there are golf cart rentals on site to explore the area.

We rented a golf cart for an hour to explore the Grand Trianon and Petit Trianon residences. While we were out exploring, a film crew had moved in and closed off some of the grounds to film.

La Grande Arche de la Défense

Before heading back to Paris, we stopped by the La Défense business district, just to the west of the city.