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A Bike Tour of Versailles

Benoît Peverelli The author, Joan Juliet Buck, biking past Versaille's Grand Canal.

Photo: Benoît Peverelli

Versailles has the unknown bounty of a magical, carefully tended 17th-century park, whose dimensions and details exceed the reach of any map or any guidebook. You can ride for hours without seeing a trace of today. It was meant to be experienced on horseback, and a bicycle is lower than a horse, but it never shies, bucks, or needs water, and when you look up as you pedal along, the carefully trimmed trees unfold in perfect symmetry above your head, and the subtle Pythagorean perfections of French ideals realign you into harmony. Read the article

Destinations: Versailles

Inspired by: Ride Through Versailles — by Joan Juliet Buck, Published Aug. 2006

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    Trianon Palace

    The majestic 1910 hotel—which recently underwent a $30-million renovation—has grand public spaces and stately rooms filled with Louis XVI-style fur

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    La Flottille

    Situated beside the Grand Canal in the Gardens of Versailles, this traditional French restaurant is a popular spot for lunch after a tour of the pa

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    La Brasserie du Théâtre

    Although famed eating establishments abound around Versailles, La Brasserie du Théâtre is a classic spot for French fare and reliable service. The

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    Gordon Ramsay au Trianon (formerly Les Trois Marches)

    Gordon Ramsay au Trianon restaurant is located within the Trianon Palace, a Waldorf Astoria hotel that overlooks the magnificent Château de Versail

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    ASTEL

    The Sun King’s palace at Versailles is so vast that three different ASTEL stations rent rowboats, bikes, and electric golf carts to visitors lookin

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