PULLMAN VERSAILLES CHATEAU
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Tuesday 9/23 - Using Paris as our home base, we took a day trip to Versailles to tour the Palace. It is just a short 25 minute ride on the regional RER train (6.60 euros roundtrip).
We arrived before 9:00 and ...
When you are French royalty and you have everything, well it seems that you need just that, not so little bit more. For those that have been to the Louvre in Paris you will have been in their Paris home however they felt they needed to escape the trappings of Paris and the formality of the court so decided to set up a 'mini me' in Versailles. So we thought that we should do the same. After six hectic days in Paris we headed ...
... as Germany played the Playground Bully, aggressively engaging in all manner of territorial, military and economic disputes. As Blackadder nicely put it, it was just too much effort not to have a war, and once the poor old Archduke was murdered, everyone piled in.
After all the carnage and slaughter had been done, everyone reconvened at Versailles in 1919 to devise yet another peace treaty. But this time, it was Germany that had been defeated, and it was their turn to take ...
... work of Viollet le Duc, the architect who put the great church back together again in 1840. He carved out something of a niche for himself as an expert in putting to rights great buildings that had been ruined by revolutionary vandalism; he also worked on Notre-Dame and the cathedral at Amiens.
In such company, Vezelay's credentials are impeccable, and rich in fabulous historical resonance. From here in 1190 Ric*************heart and the King of France set off on the ...
... a corner party? Long story short, we danced on our mini balcony and pretended to take shots (those hotel fees are far too hefty).
Sunday we woke up after only 3 hours of sleep and went straight to, surprise surprise, Notre Dame. We actually went inside this time! It was the best cathedral I have been to since I've been in Europe. I only had a few hours left before my flight. We found the original Lock Bridge, the Arc de Triomphe, and ...