Visiting Versailles before the cooler weather set in was pretty high up on my list, which I had the pleasure of recently checking off one sunny afternoon. Having previously visited the Château during winter on my first visit to Paris years ago, my priority was a relaxed summer picnic by the lake and experiencing the amazing gardens whilst in full bloom.
The Estate of Trianon:
This time around we also opted to visit the Trianon Palaces and Marie-Antoinette's estate, which did not disappoint. The main Château gardens and park are truly spectacular on a mind-blowing scale, however I must admit to preferring the smaller gardens in the Trianon and Marie-Antoinette's estate. My favourite details would have to be the blue staircase at the Grand Trianon as well as the always adorable Statice and floral pops of blue in the gardens. Not to mention having the pleasure of watching the Petit Trianon gardener tend to the exquisite flowers with such care and attention to detail.
On another note whilst walking to the palace (via the highly recommended Lenain Christophe bakery for yummy picnic supplies) from the train station I was once again captivated by the city of Versailles. I cannot wait for another visit to explore the streets and admire the amazing architecture in further detail. Oh and to eat another pistachio eclair...or two.
When to visit:
If you can visit mid-week I highly recommend it as it wasn't too crowded and you can comfortably wander the gardens. Otherwise I would take advantage of the free entry days, which occur on the first Sunday of each month. The main garden and park are free entry to the public on most days.