Can you believe that people actually lived here? Like, yeah…just chillaxin in my backyard — no big deal. Anyhoo. I went, it was gorgeous and I was with my gorgeous Frenchman so it made the entire afternoon one big festival of gorgeousness. Also, I realize I am in France – but that doesn’t make me any less addicted to Starbucks. Also, they don’t have methadone clinics for Starbucks addicts — therefore I couldn’t quietly ween myself off the grande caramel macchiato soy. I had to cave and buy myself the lovely, frothy, caffeine-laced concoction. And yes, the Starbucks was located directly adjacent to the McDonalds…so I also bought a small fry. The shame is still with me – don’t judge.
HISTORY LESSON [stolen from Wiki]
The gardens of Versailles occupy part of what was once the Domaine royale de Versailles, the royal demesne of the château of Versailles. Situated to the west of the palace, the gardens cover some 800 hectares of land, much of which is landscaped in the classic French Garden style perfected here by André Le Nôtre. Beyond the surrounding belt of woodland, the gardens are bordered by the urban areas of Versailles to the east and Le Chesnay to the north-east, by the National Arboretum de Chèvreloup to the north, the Versailles plain (a protected wildlife preserve) to the west, and by the Satory Forest to the south.
As part of le domaine national de Versailles et de Trianon, an autonomous public entity operating under the aegis of the French Ministry of Culture, the gardens are now one of the most visited public sites in France, receiving more than six million visitors a year.