Getting a decent view of the works of art while visiting the Palace of Versailles is an exercise in futility. Try standing back in the Palace to get an appreciation of a six-metre long tapestry without a bunch of noisy school kids or intrepid tourists getting in the way.
Versailles is much more than Château and Gardens. A film shot from a drone gives a bird’s-eye view of the organisation of the royal city as composed by Louis XIV and André Le Nôtre. From above, the ties between the town and the château become clear.
Adjoining the Petit Parc, the estate of Trianon is home to the Grand Trianon and Petit Trianon palaces, as well as the Queen’s Hamlet and a variety of ornamental gardens.
In the 17th century, a financier, an architect, a gardener and a painter, combined to build one of France’s great estates, Vaux le Vicomte. They united their genius to build a model that inspired the whole of Europe for over a century.