Today was all about visiting Versaille. Yeah, not really a fan. Out of all the palaces I have seen these past few months, I was the least impressed with this place. It was just a hot bed of pompousness and foolishness. I think I prefer old ruins and interesting history so Versaille did nothing for me.
outside the chateau
In any case, here are some pictures of it for our enjoyment.
pictures of the interior of the palace
the very ornate ceilings (I happen to love the details of schloss and palace ceilings)
the bed Marie Antoinette birthed her children, publically, to prove their geniality. WHAT?
After the castle visit, we made our way back to the city where I continued more of the city exploration. I did hours and hours of walking and took a trillion pictures and enjoyed myself.
if you watched Bourne Ultimatum, you might recognize this buidling. Bourne hid behind the letter M on this building
The Louvre from the canal
Arc de Triomphe
I tasted some of Paris' renound delicacies. I had a few cookies that were of course, delicious!
For some reason I found myself at a perfume museum. It was free so I strolled in and had a wiff and gander. Lovely.
old fashioned perfume bottles that belonged to the ricch and elite
Later that night I took a boat tour down on the Bateau-Mouche (without the fancy dinner) down the river Seine. It was with a small tour group where I met some very funny people from the U.S..
Views along the Siene
After the boat tour, we were driven around for a taste of Paris after dark where a lot of famous places in the city were highlihted. It was a really nice time.
Instead of going home though, Greta (a woman I met on the tour) had the driver drop us off close the Opera house and had a night cap which included chatting and eating crepes at 1am. The streets were bubbling over with locals and tourists having fun at or heading to bars, pubs and clubs. This city, like Toronto and New York, seems to never sleep.
The next day I spent with a new friend I had made. She is actually a friend of my friend from home who lives just outside Paris but came in the city to visit with me this morning. It was really special and nice of her.
We had a great organic brunch at a famous cafe and then walked around and shopped a bit.
these little 'stamps' on the walls of buildings are some sort of fun thing where there is an ultimate meaning..like connecting the dots in a way
apparently all the girls crowd to this place, my berry, as it is delicious ice cream and yogurt that has no fat!
there was an important tennis match on that day so the city set up a public viewing pit for everyone to enjoy the match. it was very intense.
I caved and bought a white watch. It was too cute to pass up. After a lot of window and actual shopping (by her not me) we said goodbye around 2pm as my train was leaving a bit after 3. I had a great day with M and I enjoyed Paris fully. I would like to hopefully go back one day but with more time and a lot more money.