Tuesday, February 12, 2013

An Athletic Afternoon at Versailles

Mike and I took a two-week road trip through Italy, Monaco, France, Spain,
England, and Belgium this past September.
You can read our other road trip posts about this trip here.
Or, see all our travel posts here.

Although we hadn't planned on it, our afternoon at Versailles became one of athletics. After rowing the Grand Canal we rented two bikes for €11 and drove around the bike paths through the Palace's grounds.

It was way more fun that I thought it would be (I'm more at home in an art gallery than a gym).

via instagram

i'm a nervous biker
but i got the hang of it (and didn't hit anyone!)
Although at first glance it may not seem so, Versailles really does have something for everyone.

A palace and museums for those who are culturally inclined, beautiful gardens for green thumbs, boats for rowers, and bikes for land-lovers. There are ducks to feed (or run away from) for the kids, and cafes and restaurants for when you get hungry. There are expansive lawns to lounge on, picnic on, or play on.

There are even golf carts and tourist trains, if you have mobility problems, or are simply pressed for time.

But I think Versailles is best seen slowly, from the back of a row boat. Or the seat of a bike. 

- Jess

date: september 13
weather: partly cloudy
bike rental: €11 for 2 bikes, per 15 minutes
entrance to versailles gardens: free


  1. I cannot believe I haven't been there yet! We tried last time we were in Paris but palace tickets were sold out and we were keen to check out the property.
    The bikes look fun - will keep that in mind when we finally get there!

    1. Definitely do it. It's a nice break from the crowds :)

  2. Versailles is the one thing I keep not being able to do when I go to Paris. I guess I'll just have to go back again ; )

  3. This looks like SO much fun :) Renting bikes is always a fun way to explore, especially around the likes of Versailles! We'll definitely be doing this if we ever find ourselves in Paris.



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