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Day 16 - Versailles

After a lazy morning start we worked out how to get the Metro then the RER (the suburban train network) to Versailles. Buying our tickets we confirmed the stop we were to change trains. We get there walk a mile to find the platform to find a notice saying the train was not going there. So we back tracked and found and alternate metro to get us onto the line that joined the RER. Not bad when it was all in French!!!!

Arriving in Versailles we queued for a day pass to the Chateau and Gardens. They talked about a hour or so delay getting into the Chateau so we thought an early lunch would sort the queues out. Nooooooooooooooooooooo ....... we then queued for about an hour and a half with a snake line which comprised up to 9 lines. But we stuck with it .....

Into the Chateau we went to be pushed and shoved by bloody FASIAN tourists - they were the rudest and most pushy of anyone we have come across. Regardless of the crowds and FASIANs we enjoyed the various state rooms with all manner of uses. The bedrooms of the king and queen were very interesting with opportunity for servants and hangers on to be in the room - YUCK! The chandeliers and mirrors in the Hall of Mirrors did not disappoint.

Perhaps the highlight of the visit was time in the gardens which included musical accompaniment to the fountains. We did a speed tour of quite a few fountains and ended up at the Neptune Fountain for the special end of day display. We got that on video so you will have to wait of for the slide night to see that!!!!

We made our way back into Paris via RER and a metro change to arrive back at Bastille which is our closest metro stop. We stopped off at Café Francaise to have (bread of course), salmon for Channe , some fish for Jenny then a moulten chocolate concoction for Channe and apple crumble for Jenny. 2 blocks later we are home - well and truly ready for a shower and bed!

Today's photos are all by Channe

Versaille by Channe

Versaille by Channe

Gardens by Channe

Gardens by Channe

Fountain by Channe

Fountain by Channe

Fountain 2 by Channe

Fountain 2 by Channe

Selfie by Channe

Selfie by Channe

Posted by JHarman 11:58 Archived in France

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