When you arrive at the Versailles castle, you are of course received by Louis XIV… and a lot of gold.
A different way to visit the castle is to attend what is offered during the summer months (this year until September 14) under the name “The Royal Serenade”, which takes place in the evenings. This allows you to walk around in a smaller group and to listen to 17th century music, watch dancing and get a feeling that you are a privileged guest to something which happened a few centuries ago.
During the tour I made a couple of days ago, I was impressed by the quality of the performances … and of course by the beauty of royal apartments. (You don’t have to dress up.)