18 October 2013

Paris day 4, 04 June 2013, Versailles Palace and Gardens

This was my last day before the conference i flew to Paris for began, so we headed out to the Versailles Palace and gardens.
Sloan loves a good train ride

The books say "Avoid the gardens on Sunday and Tuesday, the most crowded days" but we couldn't avoid it. Monday it is closed. Sunday we took advantage of free museum day. Saturday was arrival and chill out day. And Wednesday was Jennifer goes to work day. So Tuesday it was. Rick Steve's be ignored.

It was crowded and the entry line was very long! Since we knew we would have to wait for a bit, we went ahead and grabbed some lunch and ate while we waited. Sloan ran around and chased pigeons after her lunch and KinderSurprise. I love a good kinder egg and you can't get them in the US so i always buy a half dozen or so when i land in Europe.

In this one her prize was a little guy and a parachute which was perfect for throwing into the wind while we waited in the courtyard.

Finally we made it in. Strollers are of course, prohibited so we had to check it at the front. It made for a long walk once we found our way inside the main palace area. It got very hot and crowded and we were done looking at one old thing after another. I'm glad we went, but you can only see so many old beds and paintings and ceilings and adornments before you just want to get out of there! did i mention how hot it was.

Sloan liked this statue

She also listened to the guide a bit. It was adorable

A few of many lavish ceilings
This is L'Hopital. which only means something to my mathematical friends i'm sure

Mom and Dad

Sloan loved the fountains and collecting rocks

Our one family portrait:

I could do an entire blog post about Sloan and her reflection:

This was the train ride home:

This was the summer home "The Grand Trianon" - just a walk through the garden away from the palace.

I liked this table leg

This was my favorite photo from the day

Versailles is a must see, but i'd go off season and on a low volume day. The gardens are beautiful and the little homes spread about.  It makes for a lot of walking, but imagine living there as a child, wandering the gardens and woods. I would have been in heaven. It was fun to see Marie-Antoinette's home as well as the Summer home (for them to escape the palace on the weekends) is interesting to see an imagine all the things that happened here in history leading up to the French Revolution and the end of this monarchy.

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