Stories of visiting Versailles are usually filled with complaints about the amount of tourists pushing their way through the chateau, shoulder to shoulder, without any space to breathe, never mind taking pictures of anything but the ceilings. This is not one of those stories.

I visited Versailles on a Friday in November, which according to the handy visitor calendar on the official website is the slowest possible time to visit. And while there were still people there, I had several rooms to myself, and could not imagine a better way to see the extravagance of the pre-revolution kings and queens of France.

Versailles is an experience. Go in with eyes open, and make sure you put away your camera for long enough to take in the history of it all. Feel the worn railings of the staircases, see the light shine through the Hall of Mirrors, look out the windows of Marie Antoinette’s bed chamber and know that she once enjoyed the same view.

I am so glad that I did not let the blog posts of “Stay away from the tourist trap of Versailles” dissuade me from going. I am already planning on going back to see the gardens and Marie Antoinette’s estate the next time I’m in Paris, since the rain kept me from seeing them this time.

Chateau du Versailles by Nina Reed Photography

Chateau du Versailles by Nina Reed Photography

Chateau du Versailles by Nina Reed Photography

Chateau du Versailles by Nina Reed Photography

Chateau du Versailles by Nina Reed Photography

Chateau du Versailles by Nina Reed Photography

Chateau du Versailles by Nina Reed Photography

Chateau du Versailles by Nina Reed Photography

Chateau du Versailles by Nina Reed Photography

Chateau du Versailles by Nina Reed Photography

Chateau du Versailles by Nina Reed Photography

Chateau du Versailles by Nina Reed Photography

Chateau du Versailles by Nina Reed Photography

Chateau du Versailles by Nina Reed Photography

Chateau du Versailles by Nina Reed Photography

Chateau du Versailles by Nina Reed Photography

Chateau du Versailles by Nina Reed Photography