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If you are going to Versailles make sure you explore Parc du Château de Versailles and the Grand Canal. The first time I visited the Grand Canal was during my first trip to Paris in 2005. I remember it like it was yesterday...I met a...More
The view begins from the upper floor of the palace (through the windows) and continues past the formal gardens. From high up, the canal gives the impression of being much larger and longer than it really is.
Little boats (non-motorized) can be rented on the...More
A huge water feature inside a huge garden - thoughtfully set out in the shape of a large cross.
Just another example of the way in which this stylish palace gardens are augmented by another bigger water feature. The hand of the sun king himself...More
This water feature was created in 1670, in the form of a large cross. The east/west leg of the canal is 1.6 KM and the north/south is just 1 KM. From the Palace to the west end of the Grand Canal is 3.5 kilometers. You...More
To think that Louis 14 rerouted a river to make this happen ... so amazing! It is definitely larger than it appears in the movies. The grand canal is very beautiful and serene, and you can rent a boat to go out on the water...More
The canal certainly lives up to its name. From a distance it looks impressive, even more so close up. Visit early morning , the earlier the better to get a real feel for splendour with very few people around. I arrived at 830am sharing my...More
I cannot say on the canal tickets for Versailles. As for the fountains: the times (I was told) vary by season. We did not see them on our visit. On a return visit I would skip the palace and just tour the grounds, especially... More
I cannot say on the canal tickets for Versailles. As for the fountains: the times (I was told) vary by season. We did not see them on our visit. On a return visit I would skip the palace and just tour the grounds, especially if you have seen any other chateaux in France. The crowds in September were overwhelming. The grounds were much less crowded. Good trip.
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Travel Forum Posts
Grand Canal - Full Circle (8 Replies)
Hi, What are my options for doing a full circle of the grand canal and approximately how long would it take? I'm guessing the water buses would take really long with the number of stops? And private water taxi must be really expensive? Possibly any tours that do this? Appreciate all info/links to info. Thank you very much.
August 20, 2014|
Response fromThe Outrigger|
Thank you, yes I was thinking Accademia full circle back to Accademia. But maybe this isn't is such a good idea after all. :D
Bus around Grand Canal?? (9 Replies)
I read that you can take a bus ( Vaporetto #1 for 3.5km) around the Grand Canal. Is this a stupid idea or will we be able to see alot. We plan to get off and walk around also but we didn't just want to take the boat everywhere- unless you folks advise us to just do the boat thing. We are there as part of a cruise and will be there from 2pm one day until 7pm the next day. Also, is it easy (and worth it) to go to Murano? So much to do and see. We want to make the most of our time there.
September 22, 2011|
Response fromGherkin L|
Hi I went to Venice as part of my honeymoon last year and was there for two days. We took the Waterbus up and down the Grand Canal more than once partly for sightseeing and partly for getting around. It was great. We didnt bo. ther with the gondola after that as we were on a bit of a tight budget and felt that we saw alot on the Waterbus anyway. You can walk around Venice of course but if your feet start to ache you may find a waterbus trip more than useful. Personally we spent most of the...More
Jesolo? (5 Replies)
I'm planning a quick long-weekend visit to Venice the last weekend in August. I can't get a room at the hotel I stayed in before, so am back to the drawing board. I'm wondering about Jesolo? Any advice about: (a) how to get there from the airport (we're arriving at Treviso and going back from Marco Polo) (b) transport from Jesolo into the Grand Canal area (c) recommended hotels? (d) in general is Jesolo a good idea, or would I be better off trying somewhere else on the main island? ...More
July 09, 2007|
for me not a good idea stay in jesolo for a weekend in agust to visit venice go/back to venice is not so fast from jesolo not so easy go/back from the airports in august is very expensive maybe a good hotel near mestre station is better but not possible to swim......