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We spent a full day at Versailles and did not leave until about 5pm, just in time to experience some more peak hour traffic. Fortunately, it was not too bad once we left the CBD area of Versailles and we are actually glad we took the car. Driving gave us more flexibility and we were able to stop off at a large shopping centre in a suburb on the way, to let Kate get her last fix of shopping before we leave France tomorrow and make our way across the channel to ...
... Gothic cathedral in the world. Construction began in the 6th century and continued for several hundred years as new sections were added. The cathedral is renowned for its stained glass windows, and in particular, the inimitable blue color used in the elaborate works. We are glad we saw it. Next we walked through the quaint village and enjoyed some gelato before heading to Maison Picassiette, the house and ...
... running on, then we did some souvenir shopping along the way back to the apartment. Then while Heather started packing for our Disney departure in the morning, I went to the grocery store to pick up some snacks and waters for the next couple days as well as some chicken and green beans to cook tonight. Back at the apartment, couldn't get the induction stove to work with the big skillet, so had to cook 1 chicken breast at a time in a pot, but it was ...
... was a playground for aristocratic fools and fops, with their ostentatious dress and obsequious habits. Versailles was the flamboyant HQ for the arrogant and supremely powerful ruling class, in itself a cause for the French Revolution if ever there was one.
So why does this relic of the Ancien Regime have such an important bearing on the tumultuous and terrible events of the first half the twentieth century: the era of the World Wars, with all their attendant horror?
... place made me the happiest a I've ever been to have a student ID. Half price admission to the Catacombs. Makes the long wait worth it. I also spring the extra 3€ for the audio guide. Bryan hates them but I find them quite enjoyable as you can add context to whatever is in front of you. I take the steps down about 20 meters below Paris and emerge into a dark corridor with slippery floors and low ceilings. I kick on the guide and learn a bit about the history of these halls and ...