There were reasons; always reasons.

I ran out of time.

There was a transportation strike.

I planned to visit on a Monday and they were closed.

Trip after trip to Paris, France and still I hadn’t seen Versailles.

Until this one!


Gare St. Lazare to Versailles, and then a short walk to the Palace of Versailles.


…and a long line through security.  And then past the gates…


From floor…

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To the Hall of Mirrors…


…and hamming it up in front of the mirrors…


Royal bed chambers…IMG_3370 IMG_3393


Art and sculptures…

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…Sunset across the gardens…IMG_3403


Still too much to see in one afternoon.  I did not get to the hunting cabin in the woods, but I don’t mind.  It’s an assurance I’ll want to revisit and have something new and interesting there to pull me back.


Until next visit…Au revoir Versailles.

Renee Johnson is the author of Acquisition, and The Haunting of William Gray.  She is currently working on a Young Adult novel, while editing a suspense novel which has international flair–an homage to her love of travel and foreign food.  She lives on a farm in North Carolina with her husband, Tony Johnson, and one very spoiled German shepherd named Gretel.