We started our second full day in Paris by heading to Versailles, the famed palace and gardens of King Louis XIV. The gardens were absolutely amazing and you really have to see it firsthand to fully appreciate the humongous size and scope. We didn't pay to get into the residence, so we spent all of our time in the gardens. A few of us rented a golf cart for an hour. There was a set path for us to take and with one 5 minute stop, we made it around just in time (There was a fee for going over the time limit). The golf cart let us see a majority of the gardens at least, plus it was fun driving (or actually being driven) around! Once we turned the carts back in, we wandered around the gardens, got some lunch/ice cream and then headed back to the hotel for some rest.
The plan was to take a little snooze and then head to the Eiffel Tower at night once it was all lit up. We ended up doing just that. We got a ticket to the top level and got an even higher view of the city than the night before. It was really cold up top, but definitely worth the views that we got. We wanted to get back down to the ground level to get some full body shots of the Tower when it was sparkling (which it does every hour for ten minutes). We were running low on time, so Adam, Lance and I booked it down the stairs...which was around 700 stairs in less than 5 mintues. The lights started going off while we were running, so I sprinted across the street towards the lawn area and made it with a few minutes to spare! Everything was so vibrant and lit up...it was awesome! You could probably spend all night there, just transfixed by it...we got back home late again..tomorrow is our packing and traveling day to Italy (finally!)...this trip has definitely been fun, but has taken its toll on us. Its hard traveling from city to city and living out of a suitcase. Once in Italy, though, it'll be like a real "home" where we can at least settle for the next three months