The only cultural adventure that we missed during the last visit to Paris was Versailles. This time around, we decided to dedicate a few days to visit Palace of Versailles and learn more about Marie Antoinette’s times. We stayed at the gorgeous Hôtel Le Louis Versailles Château Hotel a few streets down from the historical park and learned (accidentally!) how to cut the line while entering Versailles!
Usually, I’m not the best travel planner at all as I like keeping my schedule open and decide on-the-go. Meaning, I always have the list of attractions I want to hit, but I never put them on the calendar. Instead, we pick what feels right or works for that day’s weather. Since we only wanted to see Versailles Palace and gardens, I decided to try my best to research how to avoid the lines. As it turned out, there are a few options out there — if you are willing to pay just a few extra bucks (or, should I say, euros?).
As a plan of our “cutting the line to Versailles” plan, we made a lunch reservation at the ORE Restaurant. Their “Versailles Passport” deal includes not only a delicious prix-fixe menu but also a pass that allows entering the Palace faster. The lunch price is 60 euros which include a three-course meal (appetizer, main course, and dessert) and drinks (wine, coffee, and water). It’s not some random touristy restaurant though, but a gourmet establishment that happened to offer the best macarons I’ve ever tasted in my life!
Cutting the line to Versailles was so easy and painless that I felt bad for the people waiting outside. Because our Versailles entrance took a few minutes. With the help of ORE’s hostess, we made it straight to the air-conditioned entrance hall and completely avoided the line.
I’ll write a separate post on the entire Versailles experience, for now, all I can say is that skipping the line was amazing. I’m not the best travel planner, but when I hit the point by saving time and money, I have to admit that it does feel great!