August 24th to 27th Versaille, France

August 24th, 2015

After a morning of laundry, (which yes happens while on vacation, way more often then I like: a downside to having carry on luggage only)  I took a train to the city of Versaille. Took just a little over 2 hrs from my hostel with transfers.    I easily found the studio flat that I rented off Airbnb, and found Versaille to have a much more small town feeling.  I walked around a bit and enjoyed dinner despite having no one that spoke English or an English menu…. ended up with Salmon Tartar, so its a good thing Sashimi is one of my favourite foods!   It was slightly different though with a light sauce on it.

 

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The studio apartment I rented. Couch pulled out into a bed, was SOOO comfy compared to hostels!
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Do you know me? Can you see what made me HAPPIEST in this picture? Comment your answer! xoxo
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Salmon Tartar…ya I’d do it again!

 

August 25th, 2015

It’s today! It’s today! eeek!   So excited to see the Palace or Chateau Versaille today!   I first learned about the palace in Mr. Overlands Grade 10 history class!   (Despite popular opinion, I did attend classes in high school, just not accounting class!) I have wanted to see it ever since!  The palace was built first as a hunting chateaux and was continually added onto by future Kings of France, and is where the infamous Marie Antoinette lived.  The palace, its apartments and gardens cover over       700 000 Sqft!   Here are the pic’s!

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The Chateau Versaille grounds.
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The entry gates, and my lame attempt at a selfie. I’m incredibly bad at selfies.
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One of the incredibly well manicured gardens outside the palace.
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One of the great halls in the palace.
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Every room was incredibly opulent. As much as I loved seeing it, I think what a waste and how many people could have had a much easier life it was used to help the less fortunate. inner conflict for sure….
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The great hall of mirrors. My pictures don’t do it justice, but I will never forget the feeling of being there and imagining the people who roamed its halls and rooms everyday. wow what a life (until you pissed off the king and had your head chopped off that is.)
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Sun King emblem on the railings
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The view from one of the dozens(36 if I remember right) of bedrooms.
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One of the bedrooms in the palace.
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The details are amazing!
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The gardens aren’t so bad either…maybe mine needs a little work! Byron and Miranda, think you can make this happen for next summer? 😉
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The infamous Queen Marie Antoinette, who managed to get her head cut off, ordered by her husband.
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Marie Antoinette’s Bedroom
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even she had an ‘ensuite’ in those days!
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The queens apartment, just down the road from the palace!
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One of the garden stops.
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Part of the Palace farm, which provided for them.
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The creamery on the palace farm
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One of the reception rooms in the queens apartment
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One of the guest bedrooms at the Queen’s apartments
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another reception room
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More of the gardens. None of the fountains were running due to a drought
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another of the bedrooms
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wow when they picked a colour and pattern for a room, they really committed!
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ok maybe the selfies are improving? Are you happy Joe/Maya? more pics of me!
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I think this fountain would have been amazing if it had been turned on.
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I took a bike ride through the miles and miles of manicured grounds and gardens.
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Beautiful pathways!
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more rain!
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The hours that must go into keeping the gardens authentic and immaculate! This is behind the Grand Triannon
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I truly can not convey how MANY and how spectacular each of the garden areas are.
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French pavilion in the petite Trianon. (Petite Trianon is also known as the Queen’s apartments)
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Another set of statues built amongst a lake and rock formations
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Last pic of gardens, but truly a place I will never forget.
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wow what a day! This does not include the biking KM!! My feet were so sore…must get better shoes!

August 26th/27th, 2015

Nice sleep in and relaxing travel days!   I decided to head to Beauvais where my flight to Slovakia is from because its a couple of different trains and didn’t want to risk missing a flight tomorrow. Got in to the room late afternoon and did very little.  Flight to Slovakia and finding hostel was surprisingly easy even with the language barrier.  Hello Bratislava!

2 thoughts on “August 24th to 27th Versaille, France

  1. Good luck with the yard lookin that nice…I’m thinking the French don’t have to deal with the frickin Canadian thistles lol

    Pics are beautiful.

    I’m thinking the coffee maker, and maybe own bathroom, is the best part of that room.

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