Versailles & Paris, France
12th March 2015
On our third day in Paris, we took half a day off to Versailles! We took a train to Versailles, which was about a 30 minutes ride away from Paris to explore the famous Château de Versailles and boy it was indeed magnificent! If you’re planning to visit the palace, I’d strongly advise you to allocate at least half a day there because the place is so huge and it felt as though we didn’t even get to finish the entire Château! The garden was massive and it felt like we were never going to reach the other end. It was a relatively long walk to Marie Antoinette’s palace, but the grandeur & beauty was amazing. We explore the Château by feet, but I really thought if we actually hired a bicycle, it would be so fun and of course time effective to get around this place.
My favourite place in the palace has definitely got to the be Hall of Mirrors! The number of chandeliers made this room looked so grand and classy, it was a real pity that there were hundreds (or so it felt) of people in the hall and we couldn’t grab a shot of an empty space here. I was then told that a good time to grab a picture of this hall with as little people as possible would be around 4pm after, and that’s when the crowds start dispersing!
Truth to be told, Jon and I were in a rush to leave the palace because we were famished! I was recommended by Jolene to try out Saint Julien for lunch, but it was closed when we arrived. I think the worst thing was that it was as though every other bistro/eateries were closed and we were dying from hunger. It felt as though we had no choice but to only grab our meal when we got back to Paris, and the walk to the station felt like forever. Fortunately, we saw a restaurant that had service running so without any hesitation we settled for our lunch there.
Headed back to Paris, and I guess it only makes sense that we spent the second half of the day at the famous department store Galeries Lafayette! We visited the store in Haussman because our AirBnB host told us that it was the larger store between the two, and boy the place is huge! When I thought I was done with the entire mall, I realized that I was only done with female department – which was only one of the many buildings! I guess this is truly a haven for shoppers. Surprisingly, I left empty handed. *pats self on my back* Settled for a really simple dinner from the mall itself, and the cup of french broccoli chicken soup was so comforting and good!
Sigh, going through all these photos truly make me miss the good honeymoon days. :’) x