As everyone had told us, the star of the show was the gardens. It is hard to explain why. Just imagine spending two to three hours shoulder-to-shoulder in a chateau with a few thousand of your closest friends. Then think of exiting and being overwhelmed with sunlight, fresh air, and acres of perfectly manicured shrubbery. Now I think you're getting it...
When we exited the chateau, we were directed around the left side. The garden that my wife is standing in front of here is to the left of the chateau. At this point, we were still trying to figure out if we wanted to walk or use some other means of transportation to see the Versailles grounds. We eventually chose to walk which was the right decision. Unless you have health issues that prevent you from walking one to two miles, we recommend walking. It is so peaceful, you won't be sorry.
For the rest of this post, when I say 'left' or 'right', I'm referencing the Versailles map in my first Versailles post (the huge map towards the bottom that showed the gardens).
If you do have health issues, never fear. There are golf carts, bicycles, and segways that you can rent. If you want to see Versailles, there is a way to see it.
I didn't get any photos of the cafe either: it was outdoors and very lovely. We had an excellent time, the prices were reasonable, and the food delicious. If you get a chance, eat in the gardens.
Photos in this post: Canon S5 IS