The long walk around!

Trip Start Aug 24, 2009
Trip End Mar 28, 2010

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Bois du boulogne camping

Flag of France  , Île-de-France,
Sunday, November 15, 2009

We decided to stop by Versailles on our way into Paris because we have both heard how spectacular it is. First of all we were lucky duckys because we went on a Sunday when all the Parking is free! Yay! We arrived at 2:30pm and decided to wait until 3pm when the tickets to get into the Versailles Palace became half price. So to kill 30 minutes we started to walk around the gardens. So…This….Bad idea apparently if only trying to waste 30 minutes. The Gardens are massive! We started walking around the fountain and it ended up taking almost 3 hours. Needless to say the Versailles Palace was closed when we were done, but our time was not wasted because the gardens in and of themselves are quite impressive. I was a little disappointed that many of the fountains were not on ( I suppose due to the time of year) and that obviously the flower gardens were empty. We were aware when we started this trip that many things would not be at their top notch quality due to the time of year but along with the cons of closed gardens and shorter visiting hours come the pros of smaller line ups and cheaper tickets.

The fountain is huge in length and is shaped like a cross. There is no way of cutting across the fountain so once we started walking around it we figured there was no turning back. We knew we were out of shape when we were half way across (over an hour later) and exhausted while an old couple jogged passed us. Okay we have to start walking more! The gardens of Versailles are a heaven for strolling couples and families, children on bikes and nature lovers. The Fountain is surrounded by forest and gardens with pathways leading every which way. The trees and bushes near the fountain are meticulously kept and shaped into squares and circles.  We stuck to the inside of the fountain and enjoyed the people watching. They even had Pony Rides for kids (Chris wouldn't let me!) We decided to take a bit of a detour on the way back and came across Marie Antoinette’s house. After taking a look around we were both getting hungry! Luckily we passed by a stand that specialized in Baked Potatoes (I know, how awesome is that!). It was getting dark and a little chilly so what’s better then a baked potato. We shared one covered with ham and cheese and boy did it hit the spot.

Even on a chilly and cloudy day in November Versailles was packed with tourists hoping to get a look in the Palace or to take a walk in the Gardens. Palace Versailles, although I only saw the outside, looks over the top and magnificent. Covered in gold and fabulously decorated. I would love to get a chance to see inside but this was not the time. As I have said repetitively, we can’t see and do it all.

We made our way into Paris after that. We were only expected at my Aunt and Uncles house the next day so we went to Bois de Boulogne camping for the evening. With exhausted feet, we crawled into the back of the van and went to sleep.
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