I love Marie Antoinette, the movie if not the long-dead queen, and I think Sofia Coppola’s 2006 is vastly underrated — especially as a live-action lookbook for palace interiors. Who doesn’t want to live in a palace? Gilded moldings, tremendously ornate wallpaper, formal gardens? Oh, and your very own private palace in addition to the main one? I got so into Marie Antoinette that I started visiting all the castles around Paris — and indeed, Versailles is amazing, but so are the Chateau de Champs-sur-Marne (where some of Marie Antoinette was filmed), the Chateau de Vincennes (in a more medieval way), and the Chateau de Maisons. (For even more castles near Paris that aren’t Versailles, see here.)
Castles in Paris and nearby: Yes. You don’t need to go to the Loire Valley to see castles on your big Paris trip. It’s as much of a sure thing as a croissant and baguette. But which castle?
This is one of the crazy things about Paris: You can see a castle without leaving the city, or just barely: The Chateau de Vincennes is right across the city limits in Vincennes.