When thinking about France I immediately thought of Paris, as would most people. However, when considering what made France such an amazing country it is not just about Paris. The Palace of Versailles is one of the first things that appeared in my search and I knew right away that if I went to France, I would be there for the amazing palaces. Nothing, in my opinion, is more spectacular and breathtaking then spending a few hours wandering around an old palace ground.
Chateau de Chambord
Chateau de Chambord is well recognized by its French Renaissance style architecture. The Chateau features a whopping 440 rooms, 365 fireplaces, and 84 staircases! It was originally built as a hunting lodge for King Francis I. After switching hands over the years, in 1930 the estate became state property. Inside the palace are a few different collections. One collection is of 17th-century tapestries. Due to the size of the Chateau, the tapestries have plenty of room to be spread throughout the castle and rotated seasonally so guests can enjoy them. The gardens surrounding the castle need much upkeep that they were failing to receive so they were turned into a yard, however, as of 2013, the castle is now working on recreating the old fashioned formal French gardens so visitors can get the full effect.
Chateau de Versailles
This palace sits on over 2,000 acres of land and is the 16th largest palace in the world. Built in the 17th century and made into a museum in the 19th, there are many secrets and stories behind these walls. One of the most notable aspects of the palace is the Hall of Mirrors. The hall was built to connect the King and Queens living areas but was poorly designed for when bad weather hit. The room contains 357 mirrors on one side and 17 large windows on the other. The estate has over 1,000 fountains and 2,300 rooms. There are numerous gardens also on the estate giving it a light airy feel. This is one of the most visited places in France and I think visitors could get lost in its history for countless hours.