September 6, 2023

A Guest Blog from a Visit to Versailles

While visiting Paris, France one must try to see the magnificent palace and gardens of Versailles. I've been to Versailles several times and every visit was more breathtaking than the last. My gardener, Ryan McCallister, picked a lovely day of his recent European vacation to tour the historic landmark and grounds.

When the château was built, Versailles was just a small 11th century village. Today, it is a wealthy suburb about 12-miles southwest of Paris. Known simply as Versailles, it was the seat of political power in the Kingdom of France from 1682, when Louis XIV moved the royal court from Paris, until the royal family was forced to return to the capital in 1789 after the beginning of the French Revolution. The expansive royal gardens were designed by renowned landscape architect André Le Nôtre. They cover more than 1970 acres and include gorgeous manicured hedges, gardens and groves, reflecting pools, artfully carved statues, and perfectly edged pathways.

Here are a few more photos from Ryan's trip, enjoy.