It’s true. I dined in a duchess’s boudoir at the Chateau de Versailles. Full confession: the duchess’s boudoir is nowadays known as Angelina’s, the Versailles outpost of the celebrated Parisian tea room.
Generally speaking, I don’t care to eat or drink at establishments that are inside tourist attractions, on the grounds that they are usually crowded and over-priced. However, sometimes options are in short supply. Such was the case on a very rainy day in late March (2016) during my visit to the Chateau. Having just toured the Private Apartments (see the 2 previous posts) and the State Rooms, I was footsore, hungry, and slightly dehydrated. My preference would have been to leave the Chateau and find a restaurant in the town, but one look out the window at people struggling to control their umbrellas in the gusting winds sent me in search of a restaurant inside the Chateau. As far as I could make out, there was only one. I followed the signs until I arrived here:
Naturally, I was not alone in having this notion and I was confronted by a long line of fellow visitors waiting for a table. Angelina’s is known primarily known as a tea room, but it does offer a limited menu of light meals. The line for the self-serve snackbar was shorter, but I wanted to have a hot meal. So I waited. And waited. For 40 minutes. The wait turned out to be worth it, though.