So we’ll be in Paris in late April - a quick trip, only 4 days before heading to Belgium - and I’m trying to decide if I want to spend one of those days at Versailles. We’ve been to Paris before, and skipped Versailles, so it was one of those sites that was high on my list for this trip… until I started looking into it.
It seems like at least half the reviews I read talk about how damned crowded it is. I read a whole page about how one woman really disliked it, and how all her pictures were of the ceiling because it was so crowded she couldn’t get a shot of anything else. That doesn’t sound like much fun to me, especially since I’m in bloody PARIS and there’s any number of other things I could be doing.
On the other hand, it’s Versailles… I like the idea of going to a really nifty palace, and Versailles is recognized as THE niftiest of all the nifty palaces. I’ve never been before. And at least some people say the non-actual-palace parts (like the gardens and the Petite Trianon) are not as crowded.
So have you been? Was it horrible? Should I go, or just give in and spend yet another day wandering around Paris, drinking wine, eating smelly cheese, and stumbling into whatever museum happens to be closest?