Thursday, July 16, 2009

Gardens at the Hilton Arc de Triomphe
Sunset at the Arc de Triomphe
Swans at Versailles
Dog friendly restaurant at Versailles
Andy, Laurent & Eddie at Chateau de Versailles
Group photo at the Chateau de Versailles
Laurent & Len at Chateau de Versailles
Artwork- Versailles
Clock at Versailles
Hallway at Versailles
Ceiling at Versailles
Hall of Mirrors - Versailles
Statues at Versailles
Statue at Versailles
Gardens at Versailles
Entrance to the Chateau de Versailles
Fountains at Versailles
Church in the town of Versailles
Cobblestone street in Versailles

High Society

Day Five

Day five began with a 30 minutes motor coach ride to the city of Versailles. I am at a loss for words to describe the Chateau de Versailles.  I will quote from our Adventure storybook.

“Your journey to the Chateau de Versailles, the quintessential royal French estate, will offer reflection of the privileged life of pre-revoluntionary French society. Started by King Louis XIV in 1661 four decades of construction yielded a magnificent 1300 room residence – fit for the “Sun King” …overlooking a sprawling garden of manicured groves, canals and fountains.”

The group split into two; some opting a short walking tour of the town of Versailles while others stopped at a local café and waited for the walkers to arrive. The café had one of the most unique bathrooms we had experienced thus far. Suffice it to say it was unisex and an usual experience for all who chose to use it.

Laurent our French guide accompanied us through the massive palace while providing us with details on each area and the history of what we were seeing.

I think the pictures will say more then I ever could.

The grounds are even more massive then the palace.  We were fortunate enough to be there on the rare day that the fountains are turned on.

Following our tour of the palace, lunch was at La Flotille on the palace grounds and then an option of bike riding, playing petanque (lawn bowling) or strolling the gardens.

Our day at Versailles had come to an end and now it was time to board our coach for our return trip to the Hilton Arc de Triomphe.

Tonight was an evening on your own.  Following our dinner at the Hotel we decided to venture out to the Champs de Elyees and do a little shopping and people watching.  The Champs was about 30 minute walk for me (a slow walker) from our hotel. A must on the shopping list was a trip to the Disney store, where a few Disney Paris mementos were purchased.   Upon our return to the hotel, many of us gathered in the hotel gardens and reminisced about the wonderful adventure we had thus far.  None us could believe that tomorrow was our last full day and soon we would be saying Au Revoir.  For now I will say Bon Nuit. 


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