Travel Photo of the Day (June 7)

All of you guessed correctly yesterday.  We did skip town and headed to Paris for the long weekend.  It was wonderful.  I had never been before and even though we didn’t have a lot of time we managed to squeeze in a few things I’ve always wanted to do.  One of them was visiting Versailles.  In college I studied history and political science.  Versailles, as many of you are aware, has played a role in many major turning points over the centuries.  I couldn’t visit Paris without going to Versailles.  So on our first full day, we arrived late the night before, I found myself wandering through the gardens of this wonderful place.  For me, it was magical.  I studied it in my history and art history classes and to finally see it firsthand, well I don’t know if I can explain how I felt.  I took a ton of photos, but here is one of the first since our tour started in the gardens.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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38 Responses to Travel Photo of the Day (June 7)

  1. pattisj says:


  2. originalribenababy says:

    Looks beautiful – could never imagine this in the bustle of Paris!

  3. T.F.Walsh says:

    What a gorgeous garden… exactly what I expect from Paris.

  4. zelmare says:

    How wonderful! It’s always magical to have a dream come true. 🙂

    • TBM says:

      It really is…I’m glad I did it at this age when I can really appreciate it. If I went when I was a kid or teen I don’t think it would have been the same.

  5. Colline says:

    Do you manage to go inside the palace itself?

    • TBM says:

      Yes! We had a guided tour inside. I took some photos, but to be honest I was in awe that I spent most of the time just soaking it in and admiring the palace.

      • Colline says:

        That is exactly what happened to me when I went inside. Amazing to think that so much money was spent on the palace when there were people starving outside. It is no wonder that the peasantry were ripe for a revolution.

      • TBM says:

        I can’t even imagine how much money they spent. Of course you can’t just blame Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette for all the problems. France waged way too many wars.

  6. scrapydo says:

    Way back in the seventies I was also without words or speechless when I saw these gardens. Awesome!

  7. Woohoo… so glad I guessed correctly. I would love to visit Versailles one day. We had a castle and gardens based on Versailles in Germany… Sanssouci! I remember when we went to visit… it was stunning. Glad you had a wonderful time.

    • TBM says:

      I’ll be in Germany this summer, but I think we’ll only have time to see the sights in Berlin. Germany is a country I would love to take weeks to explore.

      • honor says:

        When I was in Berlin on a school trip once, one of the days we went to Sanssouci – it is absolutely incredible! If you can, I would try and visit. It truly is one of the most stunning place I’ve ever been to. Enjoy Berlin 🙂

      • TBM says:

        Hopefully it will work out. Thanks for the tip!! I would love to see it.

  8. Fergiemoto says:

    Versailles is a beautiful place! I’m sure the landscaping has changed a lot since I was there…many years ago. Glad you enjoyed your trip! Great photo!

  9. niasunset says:

    Wonderful… Thank you dear TBM, love, nia

  10. Northern Narratives says:

    Beautiful photo 🙂

  11. Wow, that is beautiful! I sure hope the gardener gets paid well :). Can’t wait to see more of your photos!

  12. Gilly Gee says:

    Reminds me of the historical romance I used to read, great photo and looking forward to seeing some more.

  13. Rosa says:

    thx for sharing this special experience

  14. No!!! The first thing that popped into my head when I saw the title of your post was “must not look at photos”: Versailles is on my to-go-to list, and I always make it a rule not to snack on photos before I get there, lest I ruin the surprise for myself 🙂 I’m just going to assume it was amazing. I must try and get there soon, maybe then I can come back and look at your photos 🙂

  15. When I was at Versailles, I squinted my eyes a bit, and I swear I could see the horse drawn carriages of old coming up towards the chateau. It’s a magical place and no matter how many pictures or videos you see of it, nothing, nothing prepares you for the opulence.

  16. So glad you made it to Versailles, one of my favorite spots in the world. I don’t think I’ll ever get over seeing all those painting on the ceilings. Just amazing.

  17. josmojo says:

    Escaped London on the Jubilee W/end!!!! And miss a chance to curtsy to the Queen!!!!??!!
    ; )
    I’m sure Versailles was sooo worth it!!

  18. IsobelandCat says:

    Good composition. i like the diagonals. 🙂

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