As much as I liked the chateau, I loved the gardens of Versailles. This French garden was nothing like I’ve ever seen; all the plants were perfectly manicured, marble statues were tastefully displayed around each corner, and light classical music played from mysterious places behind the hedges. But the most delightful? The many, many fountains!
As I was lost walking in the hedge mazes, I came across this.
I nearly didn’t include that picture in this set, but I just wanted to show you how ridiculously curated it was. In a sculpture park, yes, but in the gardens of Versailles? How could they…
Moving on from my incredulity…
Quite possibly one of the grandest fountains, as it was huge and right in the “middle” of the gardens.
Those tasteful sculptures I was talking about:
This was when I found out that the fountains do not stay on the entire time! Right as I was going to get another picture of the Colonnade, the water shut off. So disappointing! But I felt lucky that at least the other fountains were on when I was there.
At this point, I went inside to tour the Palace. But the gardens were so big and beautiful that I knew I had to go back and explore more afterwards!
I came across the most impressive landscaping at The Orangerie:
I couldn’t believe that “some of the orange trees from Portugal, Spain and Italy, and lemon and pomegranate trees are over 200 years old!” (Source)
By this time, I felt tired of walking (once again, the gardens are HUGE), so I headed down to the Grand Canal to rest. Along the way, I saw the cutest school children!
But all good things must come to an end…
So one more touristy pic in front of the ever-popular Latona fountain before leaving!
It was so neat walking through a French garden, and not just any old French garden, but the Gardens of Versailles. I noticed a few differences – most parks & gardens I’ve been to have plenty of trees that provide shade, but this one had a lack of them. Instead, there were hedges (perfectly trimmed, mind you) everywhere. It was like walking through a maze, especially since the hedges were what, 20 ft tall? Another detail I saw was that the pathways were sandy, none of that concrete business that I’ve become so used to. It was kind of an amusing contrast – while the plants were all perfectly trimmed, the walkways were left as dirt.
Anyway, exploring the gardens of Versailles was such a privilege. If I were to come back again, you can count on me having a picnic by the Grand Canal just as the locals do!
Have you been to any great gardens lately?
Thanks for reading! (This post in linked in A Keane Sense of Adventure)
P.S. If you haven’t read about Château de Versailles (Palace of Versailles), check it out!