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Jun 25, 2016 - Versailles

Today we went to Versailles. We slept in a little because we are all tired. Emily has been especially tired and ended up staying in the flat to rest instead of going to Versailles. The Paris metro system is a bit different than the London Tube. I like the Tube better. It seems easier to navigate and seems cleaner and more updated. Versailles was about a 45 minute trip from Paris. The palace is indeed beautiful! Walls made out of green and pink marble (reminded me of the marble in Florence), paintings on the ceilings that remind me of the...

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Jun 7, 2016 - Versailles

Versailles is a city located in the western suburbs of the French capital, ten miles from the center of Paris. It is renowned worldwide for the Château de Versailles and the gardens of Versailles, designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. A new town, founded by the will of King Louis XIV, it was the de facto capital of the Kingdom of France for over a century, from 1682 to 1789, before becoming the cradle of the French Revolution. Versailles is historically known for numerous treaties such as the Treaty of Paris (1783), which ended the...

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Apr 30, 2016 - Versailles with a few others

The Versailles shuffle. Thousands, if not tens of thousands of us descended on Versailles today. Get there early the guide said - but unfortunately so many other tourists in the universe read the same helpful hint. Of course words fail me. What a home away from home. So there will be pictures. Cold and a bit rainy we thought it might not be a pleasant day. It wasn't but also not too bad either. Lots to see and be amazed at. It is another wonder of the world how the place got built and lasted as long as it did. Did not seem to get lost today...

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Sep 20, 2015 - Christopher's Wedding

Yesterday in the town of Villepreux near Versailles was maybe a once-in-a-lifetime event: Nephew Christopher Holman and Rebecca Parsy were married (I suspect a once in a lifetime event) and the location of the wedding and the events afterward were over the top on the "cool" scale. Probably the coolest wedding I have ever been to. The ceremony was in both French and English with about 300 people attending, from 21 countries, and a Catholic priest who was obviously having fun. And, a gospel singing group to mix it up. And, in a 15th century...

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May 18, 2015 - May 17 Versailles

Mona Carole and I took a guided day tour to Versailles today. Our fellow tour attenders were three women sharing an apartment - one there for a month. The apartment holder was blond and stylish. she told me that they had just completed 4 day museum passes. Anothe was a retired professor of accounting - pretty red hair. The other group was a couple from Ithica who had just arrived the day before and we're leaving on Monday to meet a foreign exchange son and other family members in Germany. This would be the start of a 3 or 4 week vacation....

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Sep 27, 2014 - Versailles bike tour

Early morning start again as the Versailles day bike tour left from near the Eiffel Tower and we had not been via that metro line before. Left home around 7.30am and all went quite smoothly arriving at the Fat Tire bike hire around 8.15am. Therefore we had a nice coffee and cake before the departure at one of the many local French boulangers! Our tour guide was Jeff, a young (approx. 23 year) American, who had been in Paris for approx. 2 years. He told me that next week he is leaving back for the US (due to visa expiry) and was not too sure...

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Sep 19, 2014 - Off with Their Heads the People said

Easy morning this morning as in no great hurry, just a couple of hours to Versailles. Trip was certainly uneventual and we seemed to reach Versailles in no time at all. FOund our little hotel for the night. Even though we were somewhat early for checkin our room was ready very quickly and we were able to leave our bags in the room ready to head out for our main objective today = a visit to the Palace of Versailles the home of Louis and Marie Antoinette. The very helpful receptionist explained how we could enter the Palace grounds through...

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May 1, 2014 - Busy Days and Final Lap!

The past few days have been a whirlwind of activities for Tom and me, this being our last week in France. We walked around Paris picking up a few miscellaneous items. We walked through the shopping area at the Louvre, walked the Jardin des Tuileries. We had dinner Monday evening at Le Dôme du Marais. The dinner was fantastic and we had a lovely time. (Snip-it from the web). Located in the heart of Paris in the former auction room of the pawnshop opened in 1777, Le Dôme du Marais had an unusual and surprising setting for dining, elegant and...

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Apr 22, 2014 - Day 20 – Tuesday 22 April – Versailles

Last night we looked up Versailles day tours online but nothing really went to the places we wanted to see in the timeframe we wanted so we decided to get up, catch a taxi to the train station and train out to Versailles and do it ourselves. We had reception call us a taxi, locked our luggage away for the day, and by the time we came outside a black car was waiting outside. The driver asked us something we didn’t understand so we asked if he would take us to the Austerlitz train station and he agreed. Megan and I jumped in but soon after we...

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Apr 18, 2014 - Versailles as the Museum of French History

I mentioned in earlier postings of Versailles that Louis Philippe had Versailles Palace turned into a Museum to celebrate the history of the French people. I have included some pictures from that era here. I did not see all the rooms left from that period. I have trouble following all the various Kings, Empires and Revolutions of France. Although a walk through Versailles does force one to learn a little about French History other than the periods of the furniture. In actuality there were only a few rooms of the Museum that I missed. There...

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Apr 17, 2014 - Grand Trianon (Still part of the Versailles estate)

In 1687 the Grand Trianon was built for Louis XIV. It is much smaller and more intimate than the Palace of Versailles. It is all built on one floor. It is over a mile from the Palace but still on the estate. Like Versailles it has a series of gardens but they are smaller and have a more intimate feeling, too. The Grand Trianon has had several different lives. Originally it accommodated Louis XIV's granddaughter, the mother of Louis XV; his sister-in-law and his daughter. Marie Leszczinska lived here in the summer. For a short while Louis XV...

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Apr 17, 2014 - The Hamlet & the Farm (still on the Versailles estate)

The Hamlet and the Farm were constructed about 1/2 mile from the Petit Trianon to entertain Marie Antoinette and her friends. The last several pictures give just a taste of some of the things that you can do other than looking at pretty shiny things or walking through a garden. In addition to these there are maybe four sit down restaurants and a lot of snack shops with the favorite French baguette with too little ham and cheese - also quiches, etc.

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