By JEFF THOMAS
Published: September 3, 2012
If you are visiting Paris for a few days, chances are you might be going to visit Versailles for a day whether you’re interested in the Palace or the Gardens or both, they can both be very overwhelming. This article’s focus is on one garden that if at the very least, you only have time for one garden, this should be the one to visit.
If you’re not a big garden fan, or crunched for time, and just want to see one or two gardens, or just so overwhelmed by the grand size of the gardens this is the garden NOT to miss. The Colonnade was one of my favorites at Versailles and it is just off of the Royal Pathway or Green Pathway so it’s easy to get to also. WARNING: The fountains at Versailles only run on Saturdays and Sundays from 31 March to 28 October for 2012 and they run from 11 am to 12 noon and from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. So to see this garden in its full effect, I’d recommend going on these days, and yes it will be busier, but trust me, it’s worth it.
The sound of water crashing in a peristyle with 32 marble columns surrounded by forest is so pleasant that it’s hard to leave this hidden garden. If the gardens are busy this garden is also great because it drowns out the sounds of all of the tourists as you hear the fountains surrounding you. So whether you’re heading out of the palace or walking straight to the garden out of the gates take a look at the Latone ornamental lake right outside the palace and keep walking down the Royal Pathway and take a left at the next main intersection and it’s your first right off the path. Have fun, take lots of pictures, and share your story with others.
*Dates and times taken from Cheateau De Versailles Official Website
If you want to see this garden and hear the sounds that I’m talking about, check out my video I shot there when I was there two years ago. CLICK HERE to watch.
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