And it is back to mornings spent eating hostel breakfasts and writing blog posts! It seems like such a distant memory since I last did this, before I settled down in Prague. But it is really happening!
I arrived in Paris on Wednesday night, and spent a solid 1+ hour navigating my way from Orly airport to the hostel where Chris and I are saying. I then subsequently had the worst night sleep and felt like death all day yesterday. Not the greatest start to my travels, but all will be okay!
On Thursday morning we headed into the city and met up with Aidan, Mum and Olivia. I had organised tickets for us to checkout the famous Versailles palace. I had heard that the palace was huge, but one really has to see it to truly understand that statement!
You could spend hours wandering through these decadent rooms. The walls were made of marble, the roof tops were intricately painted, and gold leaf was everywhere.
We had audio guides, but the information provided wasn’t overly interesting. We had hoped to have a picnic lunch in the vast expanse of the gardens, before wandering to the other buildings within the grounds, but we could only look at them from the windows. The weather was awful so the gardens didn’t open, which was incredibly disappointing. Tickets weren’t cheap, so we felt a bit ripped off that we only got half the experience!
The Hall of Mirrors.
Yeah, I pretty much just wanted to crawl onto this bed and sleep.
In the end we returned back to Mum’s hotel and had our picnic lunch there. It was delicious: fresh baguettes, ham, cheese, pears, and strawberries. We finished it off with a pastry Mum had bought at a local shop. Subsequent research on my behalf led to the discovery that this a traditional cake – called king cake – that is sold in January. Olivia found a small porcelain treasure in her slice, and my research tells me this means she was ‘king’ for the day!
The weather was still awful in the afternoon, but we went for a walk anyway and climbed up through a very impressive shopping centre Chris had discovered the other day. There were terraces at the top from which one has an amazing view of the city.
Trying to take a nice photo in the wind!
We walked around a bit more before settling into a cafe for some champagne. Mum and Olivia leave today to another part of France, so we needed to fulfill from French obligations!
I am hoping the weather picks up today so I can explore the city a bit more. It seems like a fabulous place!