Tree-lined boulevard leading the Palace of Versailles
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Visiting Versailles – Forget Tuesday!

Tree-lined boulevard leading to Versailles Palace
Versailles Palace Tourist Office is on left along boulevard

When asked, a Versailles guard standing at the front gate, responded, “Tuesday is the worst day; all the museums in Paris are closed. The tourists all come to Versailles instead.”
While exiting Versailles after a 15-minute visit, I asked the guard a question, “When is the best day to visit Versailles to avoid the crowds?”. I had thought for sure Wednesday would be the worst day since many school children are off half the day.
During my short walk along the cobblestones, I saw a yellow sign with black lettering announcing a day of “grand affluence” (read: crowds). Those with tickets were in two different lines that were now “snaking”, no longer able to remain straight.
The parking in front of Versailles was filled with tour buses (autocars).
When is the best day to visit? Any day, the guard said, except Tuesday.

How to get there:

RER C to Versailles Château Rive Gauche; exit, turn right and walk to tree-lined boulevard. Turn left, walk past the Tourist office on your left and toward the gleaming gold-lined roof top of the Palace of Versailles.

This Web site and and its blog articles are for travelers to Paris who are looking for advice from someone who lives in Paris. These tips are "for Parisians at heart". Many people would like to visit, some can and some cannot - so I will help you enjoy a glimpse of the city and its surroundings. This project has been ongoing since 2002. Prior to living in Paris (since 1992) my European history a few decades ago with three years in Wiesbaden, Germany. My next foray onto the Continent was after graduation from the University of Florida (where I met Erik): traveling around Europe and UK with my friend, Margie, hitchhiking around and working in Ireland. After living and working as a journalist in Sweden for four years, traveling on boats, the Trans-Siberian Railway, local trains and planes took Erik and I around the world. In 1990 for American Airlines I began working as a flight attendant, based in Chicago. We moved to Paris, France in 1992 where I commuted between Paris and Chicago for my flight attendant/stewardess job. Finally my inner voice said "Stop!" and I left American Airlines after 20 years. Now that is over and I am back working as a journalist and photographer full time on - My videos are posted on YouTube on the colleensparis youtube channel and I am active in Toastmasters. Enjoy!