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2022/12/31 Revisiting Versailles on NYE
π 2022-12-31 01:01 in Museums, Paris
It had been about 15 years since I last went to Versailles, and I kind of forgot how it was, as well as was surprised at how it now almost sells out now and advance tickets sell out before the day of, thankfully I was able to get tickets the day of onsite, event though the website said they were sold out. Visiting Paris has gotten complicated and a bit ridiculous...

Getting there from the east side of Paris takes a while since it's quite a ways out by mid range train and it just happens that during those days there was another strike, so there were a lot fewer trains, thankfully getting there worked out in the morning (on the way back, after missing a train, getting uber back was expensive, but way faster):


10mn walk from the RER station
10mn walk from the RER station




Visiting the main palace wasn't too terribly busy:







the most famous room
the most famous room







Ironically while the Versailles gardens are way better in the summmer, I actually prefered the palace in the Louvre. The gardens are huge but not as impressive in the winter when most things are dead. A 20mn walk way is the Trianon, other quarters away from the main palace, not as impressive to visit:









And that was it for Versailles. It still took a good 5H to visit between getting tickets, going through the gardens and visting the somewhat skipable Trianon residences. It was fun, but soemeone short on time can appreciate the royal rooms inside the Louvre, just as much, if not even more.

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2022/12/30 11H visit of the Louvre
π 2022-12-30 01:01 in Museums, Paris
It had been 15 years since I last went to the Louvre, apparently not even a full day. This time I planned to do the full 13H you can do on a friday, unfortunately arrived almost 1.5H late and by then the lines were already terrible: 5H line outside for the main tourist entrance, and 2H for the "fast" underground entrance for those with tickets. And advance tickets were sold out days in advance anyways. Getting in was a bit challenging, but I managed as always :)


ridiculous line already
ridiculous line already

all this to go through the security gate which I guess wasn't there before
all this to go through the security gate which I guess wasn't there before

Eventually got in and had aroud 9H to see most everything, still a lot but manageable if you're efficient. This time I started with the underground ruins of the castle that used to be in the place of the museum:


before
before

after
after

really cool that they only found this semi-recently when digging for extra galleries
really cool that they only found this semi-recently when digging for extra galleries



Lots more to see:




Then was time for the main museum, lots of rooms:


the audioguide wsa quite cool, based on a nintendo 3DS with geolocation
the audioguide wsa quite cool, based on a nintendo 3DS with geolocation

quite cool
quite cool

















I never take selfies :)
I never take selfies :)




found my fellow leo :)
found my fellow leo :)











unexpected statue :)
unexpected statue :)






Paintings came next:





the room with Mona Lisa was packed with people trying to take selfies
the room with Mona Lisa was packed with people trying to take selfies

for this
for this

all these people
all these people

More rooms still:





inside joke :)
inside joke :)









The King/Castle section of the Louvre is better than Versailles in my opinion:













And more to see still, by then the day was getting a bit late, got to see almost everything before they started closing around 21:30:





and we eventually got kicked out
and we eventually got kicked out

Nice to finish with a night shot:


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