Today was a day of extravagance and beauty. Today was our trip to Versailles. The chateau is located a short train ride outside of the city, with more tourists cramming onto the train at each stop. By the time you reach the final stop, it’s a free for all. Luckily T and I are both fast walkers, so we quickly put some distance in-between ourselves and the rest of the pack. Our Paris Passes ensured quick entry and within just a few moments we were wandering around the sumptuous palace.
Having visited Peterhof in St. Petersburg, it quickly became apparent just how much the Russian Czar had copied from the French. And yet, the Russians did it just a little bit better. Perhaps it was the location – there’s nothing more picturesque than a palace on the seashore and Versaille is sadly landlocked. As for the famous Hall of Mirrors – while it was pretty, I felt a bit underwhelmed. That’s the curse of expecting to be dazzled, I suppose.
Soon it was time for lunch. We left the palace and headed to a restaurant recommended by the Paris Pass – the Monument Cafe. If you are ever in the area, you must try this place. The set up is a bit unique – it’s a buffet with appetizers, main dishes, and desserts. All the servings are tiny, so you can try a little bit of everything and you pay by the course (just appetizers, all three, etc). We, naturally, went all out. We even tried escargot, which was not quite as disgusting as we expected, though neither of us went back for seconds. Desert was by far the favorite course.
After lunch we headed back into the city and visited the Dali Museum, the Orsay Museum and the Montparnasse Tower (because, really, you can never have too many rooftop views of Paris).
Breakfast – baguette
Snack – latte from Versailles
Lunch- Monument Cafe
Dinner- Chinese noodles and fruit