Versailles – France
Versailles, that was formerly the capital of the kingdom France, is now a wealthy suburb of Paris. It is only a 15-20 minutes ride away from Paris and it’s an extremely popular day trip for people visiting Paris.
As I was born in Versailles and I still have family living there, I’ve been there many times and it’s in my opinion one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. The city is mainly known for its castle which is one of the largest one in Europe.
The “Chateau de Versailles” takes litteraly days if you want to see all of it but one of the most famous room in the castle (below) is Hall of Mirrors where the Treaty Versailles which officially ended World War I was signed on June 28, 1919.
Here is a video tour of the Halls of Mirrors
Besides the Chateau, the city is a treat to visit as it is a great place to raise children and the population is younger than most people would expected. So, it’s pretty lively city where concerts are often organized and where several international schools have been opened bringing an international flavor to the city.
Versailles also offers many excellent restaurants and is a treat for people looking for good food.
If you’re staying in Paris, take a train in the morning to Versailles. Spend the morning touring the Chateau and take a break to try one of the local restaurant for lunch. Then head for the spectacular gardens of the Chateau where you could just relax without realizing that you are only about 20 minutes away from one of the busiest city in Europe, Paris. Rent a bike to see more of the city and stop at a boulangerie (bakery) to enjoy one of many famous French pastries. Then visit one of the many art galleries or museums and finally decide which great restaurant you are going to try before taking the train back for Paris.