We begin our third day by heading to Versailles, which is about 30 minutes outside of Paris by train. It was sunny and in the low 60s, so after waiting to get a ticket we decided to walk around the gardens first, in case it decided to rain later. All I can say about the gardens is they were massive! It was like a maze of trees and bushes and flowers and fountains. We wandered around for about an hour and a half and still probably only saw about an eighth of the whole landscape. We also grabbed lunch while walking; a chicken, mozzarella and tomato panini!
We then headed inside to tour the palace. We saw Marie Antoinette’s bed chambers, the hall of mirrors, and various other rooms. Everything is gold and there are beautiful paintings and chandeliers. The palace is massive, with hundreds and hundreds of rooms…I can’t even imagine how only one family lived here. What are all these rooms for?!
We then headed back to Paris in the afternoon to go to the Louvre, the museum that houses the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, and various other famous paintings and sculptures. There are also many artifacts from Egypt, Greece, and other ancient cultures. If you were to stop and look at every display for 30 seconds, it would take over 9 months! With so many things to see, we decided to focus on some of the big attractions as well as the Egyptian artifacts and the Italian paintings. We then grabbed a crepe (I got banana, Nutella, and coconut) before heading off to find a happy hour and dinner!
We grabbed some happy hour mojitos, getting some much needed rest after walking around Versailles and the Louvre all day. We then headed to dinner around 9 o’clock (it seems so late!); we ended up at a little local place Rachael has been to, which has a completely different menu each day. So all the ingredients are fresh and there’s always something different! We decided to try pate with fig bread and onion compote for an appetizer; pate is goose liver, which you spread on the bread…sounds really gross but it was actually good! For dinner I tried salmon (mid-cooked, which is apparently the most they will cook meat…no well done here!) with tagliatelle pasta and a red cream sauce. It was delicious and we were super full and ready for bed! We got back to our apartment around 11:30, so we were awake at midnight to see the Eiffel Tower sparkle, which it does for 5 minutes at midnight each night. We have a decent view of the top of it from our window!