2 bis rue de Fontenay, Versailles, Ile-de-France, 78000, France
I'd planned my trip based on my graduation ceremony at the Palais de Congres in Versailles. I didn't want to hire a car, as my costs were already pretty high, so booked the Hotel d'Angelterre because it was just around the corner. I booked the room 1 month in advance. On arrival at 8:30pm, after a long flight, I was told that there had been an "accident", and I would be sent to another hotel. No questions were asked, like "where would be convenient", I was simply instructed to get myself to another hotel. With 30kg of luggage in hand, I asked how they expected me to get to the hotel, when I didn't have a car. After much to-ing and fro-ing, they managed to call someone to give me a lift. I asked them what would happen with my luggage when I needed to get to graduation, and they assured me that all would be sorted, and that I shouldn't worried.
They sent me to Hotel St Louis, which was absolutely disgusting - the room was tiny, dirty, old, and noisy. Twice, I checked with Hotel d'Angelterre to find out if they would transport my luggage to the graduation ceremony, and again, on both occassions, I was assured that they would make a plan. Graduation day arrived, and I sat waiting for 1.5 hours for someone to collect my luggage. No one arrived. When I tried to get the receptionist to call someone, she eventually, reluctantly did, although couldn't speak english, so we were having conversations using Google Translate.
I went back to Hotel d'Angelterre, to discuss why no one had arrived to collect me, only to be told that management don't operate on the weekend, and they had forgotten to collect me.
After complaining, the manager offered me a refund, although said that I should collect a cheque from reception, knowing full well that I had already left the country (after me explaining it three times to him over the course of a few days).
Avoid this hotel at all costs. It is a disgusting hotel, with disorganised, unfriendly and unhelpful staff.
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From a postcard sent to my daughter in 1964
Buying Versailles tickets in Paris? children free? lines? biking the gardens? - 4 questions
Greetings! I will be visiting Versailles Palace on Friday, August 13, bringing with me 3 children, ages 11, and 16.
1) I read a recent post about buying tickets in Paris at FNAC. Can anyone please verify this?
2)I see on the Versailles website that under 18s are free. Would we still have to wait in the line to purchase tickets?
3) we'll be visiting on a Friday, will we have to pay extra for the gardens?
4) can we bicycle the gardens? if so, how and where can we rent.
Thank you all!
Re: Buying Versailles tickets in Paris? children free? lines? biking the gardens? - 4 questions
I saw the reply to these questions, which was very helpful. Realize tickets for evening fountain show are separate, but cannot figure out how to buy on-line (Versailles website doesn't seem to offer option). And no one will answer phone line. Can anyone help? I was hoping to buy ahead of time and avoid the lines as much as possible (for July 17).
Also, I am interested in renting a bike but wanted it to get around in Gardens, but sounds like that is not allowed (although I thought I remembered seeing bikes in the Gardens in the past). I do remember how huge the area is and we did not see everything because it was too far apart.
Travel Tips for Versailles
The Whole Versailles Estate with one ticket!
Once I arrived at Versailles I had in mind to visit and see it all. I wanted entry for every building and every part of the garden. I learned that only for €20.- I could by a Day Pass, which gave me priority access to the entire Domain of Versailles, to several audioguided and non-guided visits, to several exhibitions.
I had a full access to many places like:
▪ King’s State Apartments (with Hall of Mirrors);
▪ Queen’s State Apartments;
▪ King’s chamber;
▪ Chapel and 17th-century galleries;
▪ History of France Galleries;
▪ Dauphin’s Apartments, the heir to the throne;
▪ Grand Trianon;
▪ Marie-Antoinette Estate.
I only missed out on the Mesdames’ Apartments, Louis XV’s daughters, because they are only open at week-ends. So do buy this pass ... it's worth your money! This ticket was valid for the whole day… I really enjoyed the freedom to organize my visit the way I wanted to, without painful waiting in lines. And whenever I saw a line in front of something I simply adjusted my scedule and was free to visit it on a later time.
Also have a look at Versailles Tourist Office website.
The history of Versailles
Lots of people believe Versailles was built on demand of Louis XIV. That is logical, because he was the most famous one who lived here. An important part of the palace was built under his supervision and was adapted to him. Nevertheless the construction of the palace already started in 1631.
Louis XIV his father, Henri XIII, was a enthusiastic hunter. Louis XIII followed him in this habit. In that time they often hunted in an area that was uninhabited and a swamp. After the hunting they had to return to the castle of Saint-Germain-en-Laye or to the Louvre..
In 1624 Louis XIII wanted to change that and he built a hunting pavillion in Versailles. In 1632 he turned it into a castle. The construction took 5 years, until 1636, because of the wet surroundings. This part of the castle, together with the gardens, is the oldest part of Versailles.
Louis XIV turned Versailles into his residence. Before, the royal family lived in the Louvre in Paris. This move made Versailles into the political and cultural centre of France. What made Louis XIV want to move to Versailles? Probably his affaire with Louise de la Valliere. Searching for a desolate place, he quickly found Versailles. Soon he ordered to expand the palace.
Paris was grown to one of the biggest cities of Europe. The combination of the crowded city and the 17th century healthsituation caused sickness. In Versailles, life was healthy and the favorite time spending of Louis XIV could be done: hunting. Due to the incredible high costs of the construction of the palace, the capital of the nobility decreased and the power of Louis XIV increased.
At the 6th of october 1789 the royal family returned to Paris, because the revolution was over. After the family left, the palace was raided several times and got down totally.
In 1837 it got restaured by Louis-Philips and it was turned into a museum of French history. In 1919 the peace with Germany was signed here, that made an end to WO I.
Contemporary art exhibition.
Tourists planning to visit Versailles in the next months should know that from 14/09 till 12/12/2010 there is inside the castle a special exhibition of 22 works from Takashi Murakami.
From what I read in the French quality newspaper "Le Monde" Mr. Murakami is a "avatar japonais du pop art américain" and that "Hors des écrins adaptés des galeries ou des musées d'art contemporain, le travail du japonais apparaît enfin dans toute sa lumière : grotesque".
From what I saw in the French media it seems that there is indeed, to say it in a diplomatic way, some opposition between the classical Louis XIV décor of the Grands Appartements, Galerie des Glaces, the gardens and the work of Takashi Murakami.
Consequently if you are not a fan of mixing classical art and pop art and if you want to see the Royal apartments without foreign objects disturbing the perspective it's better to wait with your visit.
For the full comment see: Le Monde 15/09/10 Critique - Un Versailles pour petites filles en fleurs.
Now, this is part of the history, something that apparently really happened.
On August 10 1901, in the gardens of the Petit Trianon, two female academics, Charlotte Anne Moberly and Eleanor Jourdain, both from educated backgrounds, experienced a time slip, and saw Marie Antoniette and other people from the same perios.
After some time, they published their work in a book called An Adventure.
If you want to know more about this history, here's an interesting website:
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Address: 2 bis rue de Fontenay, Versailles, Ile-de-France, 78000, France