Day at the Versailles Ginormous Chateau and a trip up the Eiffel Tower

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In front of the Apollo fountain
This morning we had planned to get up early to get to Versailles before the crowds showed up. However, when the alarm went off we turned it off and went back to bed. By the time we left the hotel it was after 11am. :) Mom had been wanting to hear musicians playing while we were eating in Normandy. We got on the train with our picnic breakfast and a few men came on playing an accordian and a guitar. Parfait!

We arrived at the chateau and skipped the line since we bought the Versailles pass. I'm glad we boughst it ince the ticket line up was ginormous and looked to be never ending. The chateau itself is impressive with room after room of decorated walls with bronze, gold and more paintings than I can count.
On the train to Versailles with a few men playing music in the background
Mr. Louis XIIII was not a modest man as half of the paintings seemed to be of him and the ones of the ladies had the woman holding a portrait of him in her hands. Probably the most impressive room was the Hall of Mirrors (see photo below).

Afterwards we ventured out into the gardens that were just as ginormous. We stopped to watch some swans being teased by teenagers then a small kid and then a big kid. We were hoping one of them would be bitten but no luck. This of course was while we were eating ice cream. We walked for what seemed like hours to go around the canals. Photos don't do the gardens and park justice to show how huge they were. Overall I liked the gardens more than the chateau but the chateau was nice to see as well.

Tonight we decided to go up the Eiffel Tower. Once we got back to our hotel we bought a bottle of wine from the cutest French guy with the sexiest accent ever! (I think it took me about 1 minute to fall in love) haha

Then we went for some pizza along Rue Cler at a restaurant called Tribeca.
looking down along the main drag of the park
It was the fastest service I've ever had at a restaurant. We then walked over to the Champs de Mars to drink the wine. I had a little problem opening the bottle (re: cork busted in two, wine splahed everywhere, cork fell into bottle, Shauna drank wine mixed with cork dust) BUT I did get it open :)

We then got in line for the tower. We decided to walk up to the second level which was about 700 steps. It was surprisingly easy (maybe helped by a half bottle of wine). The view from the second level was awesome but le creme de la creme was the elevator up and then the view from the top. We were at the top just before 11pm so we were up there when the tower started to sparkle. We could hear the crowds of people below cheering as it started and then lots and lots of flashes from the ground below of people taking pictures. It was so awesome and I'm glad we saved it for one of our last nights. I doubt I'll ever forget the feeling of being that high up looking down at all the lights of Paris!

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In front of the Apollo fountain
In front of the Apollo fountain
On the train to Versailles with a …
On the train to Versailles with a…
looking down along the main drag o…
looking down along the main drag …
The huge swan
The huge swan
Kid tormenting the swan
Kid tormenting the swan
The Hall of Mirrors
The Hall of Mirrors
Inside the hall of mirrors
Inside the hall of mirrors
The Apollo fountain
The Apollo fountain
At the McCafe
At the McCafe
The snowmen shaped trees at Versai…
The snowmen shaped trees at Versa…
chillaxin
chillaxin
Her jacket said Cyclesluts from h…
Her jacket said "Cyclesluts from …
Top of the stairs to the second le…
Top of the stairs to the second l…
View fro,m the second level
View fro,m the second level
looking up from the second level
looking up from the second level
drinking wine in the park (our che…
drinking wine in the park (our ch…
ahhhhhhhhh
ahhhhhhhhh
distance to Canada
distance to Canada
From the second level
From the second level
Paris
photo by: Sweetski