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gardens at Versailles

Sacre Coeur

Our last day in Paris and there are still a couple of thIngs to see before we leave for Brugge tomorrow. Versailles is first on the list so back to the train station to buy a tIcket as our Paris Pass has finished. We knew we had to change from Metro to RER which we hadn't done before but we were able to find a person and not a machine so all good. One ticket did the trick and then we were on our way arriving about 1 hour later. Bought our tickets to Versailles at an office opposite the station. Once there we had to queue to get through the gate and then again to get through security. Finally we were inside the Palace. The crowd was the worst we had encountered in Paris so it was just a matter of going with the flow as we checked out the King's Apartments. The gold was unbelievable, on every cornice in every room. Can't imagine walkIng those corridors in every day life. From here we went to check our the Queen's Apartments which compared to the Kings were so plain and understated. Her library was probably the most decorated room in her apartment. We then ventured out into the gardens which were lovely and well worth a visit but the rain started again so we de decided only to walk down to the second level before coming back. The only disappointing thing was a lot of the garden beds had clover higher than the hedging which did spoilt the effect a little but it was still worth the walk.

We left Versailles, walked back to the train station having lunch on the way before catching the train back to Paris. I still had not seen Sacre Coer which was one of the things on my bucket list so we caught the train to where we though would be the closest station to be met by a whole lot of dark, middle eastern men all trying to sell you cigarettes as you can out the gate. It was a bit scary but we just walked on past them ( the wrong way of course) and when we check the map we were nearly back home. I was about to give up and go home but when we turned around here between the buildings we could see Sacre Coeur so off we went finally finding it tucked away behind all the apartment blocks. There was no way my knee way going allow me to climb fhe steps so we caught the fenicular to the top. The view was amazing and the building itself everything I thought it would be although because of the size of the queue we didn't go inside. After the necessary photos it was back down to steet level where we did a bit of shopping and caught the train back to the apartment picking up a bottle of wine and a couple of pizzas along the way. Early tea, time to pack and get ready for Brugge.

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