|We're aiming for RER C Musee D'Orsay|
|The children ready to go as always|
|Waiting for our train to Versailles|
It was an easy walk from the station to the Chateau grounds. We were there only 10 minutes after opening time but there were already bus loads of tourists swarming the grounds. I would hate to see what this place was like in the summer! The chateaux, home to Louis XIV, XV, and XVI, was a phenomenal place, one that showcased the dominance and extravagance of the French royalty at that time. We went through room after room, and hallway after hallway of opulence. We followed Rick Steves self guided tour of Versailles. It is excellent and I highly recommend it. Best of all, it's free! The entrance fee also entitled us to a free audio guide but we preferred Rick's guide of the chateau.
We followed up the tour of the interior with a tour of the expansive gardens. it was a shame that we were here in winter and not in summer where I imagine the grounds would look even more impressive.
|At the gates of Chateux Versailles|
|Following the Rick Steves podcast with a hub for earphones makes walking a tricky challenge|
|Gold and detail everywhere|
|The royal chapel|
|Impressive ceilings everywhere|
|One big room after another|
|Hercules Room, the site of a massive fireplace|
|Expansive rooms with ornate ceilings that are so difficult to capture on camera|
|The King's room or the Apollo room so named because Louis is the Sun King therefore the sun God|
|Hall of mirrors|
|Gold and silver plates of Royalty|
|Resting tired feet|
|Long hallway after long hallway|
|Beautiful displays of goodies|
|Macaroons for snacks|
|The Queen's staircase|
|The expansive gardens of the chateauex|
We returned to Paris and visited the Musee D'Orsay, a museum in a former train station known for its impressionist art collection, following yet another one of Rick Steves self guided tours. The children happily hunted for the artwork shown on the phone which made for happy parents. We saw works by Monet, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne, Degas, Renoir, just to name a few. On our way home, we stopped by the Tuileries Garden to enjoy the sun. The children were allowed to run riot in the playground before heading home. Young master Jonah made it to 5pm tonight before turning into a pumpkin.
I have to apologise for the brevity of the post. My power adaptor for my notebook died and the iPad and iPhone are both useless for blogging. This may be my last post if I am unable to find a replacement adaptor. So wish me luck tomorrow...
|Tuileries Garden mark 2|
|Bright enough to create a silhoutte!|
|Exercise in weight balancing...|