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Versailles

Those dudes had some cash to blow!

Versailles
Those dudes had some cash to blow!
Yesterday, at the suggestion of our ex travel agent and (current) Corvallis friend Allison, we did a bike tour of Versailles. Versailles is about a 30 minute train ride from Paris and was the hunting lodge of King Henri and his son King Louis 13th, turned into the Grand Palace by the next two kings and was finally the historic site of the capture of King Louis the 15th and his wife Queen Marie Antoinette during the French Revolution.
Our bike tour started with a stop at the Versailles town farmer's market where we bought lunch for a picnic, a ride through the town of Versailles, continuing to and around the Gran Canal, forests and Royal Gardens. After a picnic on the lawn near the canal, we visited four places - the inside of Marie Antoinette’s private domain- the Grand & Petit Trianons, the Austrian farming village that Marie Antoinette created to remind her of her home and finally - the visit to the Chateau itself and its famous Hall of Mirrors. The gardens of Versailles are huge - over 2000 acres. It is an amazing place. When we finally got to the actual Chateau, you could not help but understand the origins of the French Revolution - as the opulence of the palace is nearly unimaginable.
Another killer day for our feet as we logged over 13 walking miles again - bringing our Paris on foot totals to over 40 miles. Today is a rest day for sure!
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Posted by Catnchas 06:23 Archived in France

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