People think of Versailles as a palace that is just a day trip from Paris, but my partner and I love to go there for a quick get away.
Sometimes we go for a night at the Royal Opera house, in the chateau. Its magical to be in the palace when the sun sets and the crowds have long gone. I get a personal thrill visiting the King's loge during intermission. Marie sat there!
Warm summer nights, we'll have a simple picnic in the park, or maybe pamper ourselves on a lavish dinner at Gordon Ramsay's 2 star restaurant in the Trianon Palace hotel where fresh ingredients and pure flavors take center stage.
After an incredibly peaceful night's sleep at the hotel, we rise to see that the chateau's gardens are covered in a fine mist, oscuring the ancestors of Marie Antoinette's sheep as they graze in her meadows at our feet.
We head out on an 8K run around the Grand Canal, watching rowers, cyclists and families enjoying the grounds. Breakfast is served on our private deck over looking the chateau.
Its a 15 minute stroll to the Marché Notre Dame where the produce is fresher and cheaper than in Paris. More bargains can be found in the antiques quartier a few blocks away, especially if you're in the market for a royal sedan chair or porcelain chamber pot. If not, its like a living museum and fun to browse.
The Monument Cafe in the quartier St Louis serves a fantastic late brunch using fresh produce from the King's Gardens across the street, which are a great place to visit, too!