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Published: September 18th 2012
Chateau de Versailles
This is our first view from the walk over from the train station. Very impressive.
Saturday - Day 19
This was our first full day in Paris. Before going to sleep we researched the Rick Steve’s guide book for ideas. The first thing that you see under "Sights" is info on the purchase of a Paris Museum Pass. We learned that on the first Sunday of each month, the major museums have an open house day. So, we thought we were lucky given that this Sunday (tomorrow) would qualify. We then decided to go Versailles today and the big museums tomorrow.
To get to Versailles we took the subway to the RER-C train for a 30-minute ride to the town. Then we walked about ten minutes over to the King's residence. Well, it was for about 100 years until the French revolution in 1789. In 1837, this palace was re-opened as a museum. It is now considered the most impressive of all European palaces.
We were once again lucky with beautiful weather. Given that the lines were long and we were burned out on touring castles and palaces over the last three weeks, we decided to only visit the enormous gardens. We were pleased with the decision.
We discovered that on summer
Chateau de Versailles
Jackie is happy. Another of her bucket list items.
weekends, loud classical music is broadcast throughout the gardens to accompany spectacular fountain shows. Louie XIV actually had his engineers re-route a river to fuel the pumps during the 17th
century. This was a highlight of the tour.
Towards the back of the gardens is the "Grand Canal" which is a one-mile long artificial lake. During Louis's day, it appeared as a mini-ocean with nine ships, including a 32-canon warship. The royalty were rowed throughout the canal in imported Venetian gondolas.
We decided to have a picnic lunch on the lake. Jackie was unsure if I could handle the rowing duties but ultimately agreed. She actually looked like royalty to me as I rowed my queen around the lake. Lunch on the lake was nice. I tried to sing to my Queen as I rowed but her laughter cut me off.
We finished our tour and headed back to the hotel for more rest and relaxation.
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