Busy 1/2 Day. We have found that we function the best on European trips using what we lovingly call the 1/2 day technique. It doesn’t always work but we go hard for a 1/2 a day and nap in the afternoon. It re-builds our old bodies!
Did that today. 6 a.m. breakfast, on the bus by 7:30. A slow painful drive to Versailles Palace and Gardens. The roads are as busy as Los Angeles as the drivers refuse to car pool or to take the nearly free public transportation. Sound familiar?
Speaking of familiar. We have a very quiet room except for the quiet rumble of the underground train deep under our building. I write this at rush hour and the rumble is there every three or four minutes. Then for you movie goers, The police cars in France do have that unique Paris warbling siren.
Now back to Versailles Palace. Took an hour and a half to get there, 12 miles by bus. LA, you ain’t looking bad. The lines were massive although our guide called them not bad. The palace and gardens are spectacular with real gold leaf covering everything. The crowds were the worst we have ever seen any place in our 12 trips to Europe.
Our tour guides had real depth in their knowledge and enthusiasm for their country. Well worth have them verses trying to do it by themselves. I will let the pictures speak for the excessive opulence’s of the palace. No wonder the starving peasants chopped the heads off their king and queen.
Finally back at our hotel by1:30 pm and we were starved. We went to a restaurant near our hotel that specialized in steak and pommme frites(french fries) and salad. Absolutely delicious! Sitting out on the sidewalk at the little table watching Paris flow by. Rabbit was their special of the day but Libby said, “No way.” That’s us drinking Perrier water not wine.
Long nap and now up for a late dinner in our room. Just got some eggs for a very light omelet.
Long morning tomorrow to the Louvre Museum. Later.