And I thought the Biltmore was big!

Trip Start Apr 01, 2009
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Trip End Jul 13, 2009


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Flag of France  , Île-de-France,
Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Today, I woke up to a cold and overcast Parisian morning. I spent a good part of the morning chatting with my British bunk mate, Alex, about the best sites to see for the gloomy day. Alex was headed to the Muse D'Orsey in hopes a staying dry, but I opted to take a chance on the weather and head to the Palace of Versailles.


The train from Paris to Versailles is roughly 45 minutes. When I arrived in the small town of Versailles around 3pm, the sun was just starting to poke out from the clouds. I made the short 10 minute hike from the train station to the entrance of the Palace, stopping along to way to take advantage of the better exchange rates in the smaller city. The Palace is undergoing quite a bit of exterior restoration, but still, the Palace is stunning from the exterior. The exterior is lined with beautifully carved statues and enough gold trim to make any king smile! After gazing at the Palace facade, I slowly made my way up to the Palace gates. I was shocked to see that the ticket line stretched roughly 300 yards, but was thrilled because I had purchased my ticket at the train station when I first arrived!


Upon entering the Palace, you are met with a series of brightly colored rooms that display the paintings of all the nobility that once called Versailles home. As you snake your way through the small rooms, up a flight of stairs and through a statue lined corridor, you enter the famous Hall of Mirrors. I then strolled through some of the side rooms, which included the Kings sleeping quarters, Marie Antoinette's bed room and the King's receiving area. I then walked through the Hall of Battles and then through the lush Palace gardens. I was so impressed with the Palace that I walked through the entire Palace for a second time!


After leaving the Palace, I made a quick stop for a phone call home and then hoped on the train back to Paris. I got off the train at the Eiffel Tower station to snap some photos of the Tower at sunset. I then walked through the beautiful Eiffel Tower Park and gazed at some of the massive apartments that line the Park's edge. I stumbled across a small corner cafe with an amazing view of the Tower, so I sat down down for a few glasses of French Chardonnay and sampled the famous and very cliche French dish, escargot, which was actually very good! At around 9:45 pm, I headed back to the Eiffel Tower for the hourly light show. See the video. After admiring the Tower twinkle for about 10 minutes, I decided to make my way back to the hostel for a good nights sleep!
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jcharwell
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Re: Friday Morning 4/10/09
Yo! The entries are dated. See below the title. It is pretty small. I'm in San Sebastian now and will get a post up ASAP, but first i'm off to a cafe for some cafe leche and tapas! Love you!

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