Les Grandes Eaux Nocturnes de Versailles

It’s July 14th in 1 day and you know what that means? A long, hot and festive week-end ahead of us! (at least for the Parisians among us who took Friday off)
I’m planning on watching the fireworks under the Eiffel Tower on Thursday night, although it wasn’t long ago since I last saw beautiful fireworks. Every Saturday night, every summer, the Chateau de  Versailles lights up to welcome thousands of people to visit the gardens: fountains are on, music’s playing, there is fire, bubbles… everything to make this evening magical.

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It starts at 8.30pm, you grab a map of the gardens, and explore them according to a route. Needless to say, having the fountains on makes the visit extra special and makes you wish you had lived at the court under Louis XIV’s reign… My favourite bit of the gardens has to be the Bassin de Latone which takes your breath away with all its gold and statues; add a few bubble machines nearby, children playing, people laughing and you’re in for an evening to remember.

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Make sure to not get lost wandering around the bosquets before the fireworks start (10.50pm) as it does get crowded by the parterre de Latone, aka the location where you get the best view of the fireworks.

As for the fireworks, they really are what makes you forget the expensive price on your ticket (starting at 20€). 15 minutes of magical lights in the summer night sky, and dancing fire above the grand bassin with the glaring castle in your back. Dream. They truly are the most beautiful fireworks I have ever seen and live up to my memory I had of them from 3 years ago (remember? when I first started blogging… cringe)…

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