A trip to Paris isn’t complete without a day spent at Versailles. A stunning testament to the glory, opulence, and excess of the French monarchy prior to the Revolution, Versailles is truly a sight to behold. For a history nerd like me, it’s an amazing feeling to walk the same hallways and pathways as Louis XIV, Madam du Barry, and of course Marie Antoinette. We spent the day touring the palace, getting a peek into some of the hidden corners of Versailles thanks to an intimate tour, and wandering the expansive gardens. However, the highlight of the day for me was a tour of the Petit Trianon. This little (a relative term when comparing to Versailles) jewel box of a property was gifted to Marie Antoinette by her husband Louis XVI. With its simple clean lines and relatively subdued (again, relative when comparing to the gilded splendor of the main palace), the Petit Trianon was where the doomed queen escaped to when she wanted a break from the rigid formality of court life.