So glad we did, it's a wonderful spot.
Monday, September 21, 2015
Sunday, September 20, 2015
But it seems the emphasis was on the beer since this is my only picture...
Not willing to be done seeing the city, we went for a walk down the Seine.
Sad to leave Paris, but we checked out, stored our luggage and went for a walk.
Our hotel lobby
We went to the very famous Cafe de Flore on Blvd St Germaine for breakfast, one of the oldest and the most prestigious coffeehouses in Paris, celebrated for its famous clientele since the 1880's.
As for the big attraction at Cafe de Flore of seeing and being seen, they seated us way in back...guess we weren't an attraction.
We hauled suitcases up and down multiple flights of stairs taking the metro and getting to Gare Montparnesse.
This is where the building called "the box the Eiffel Tower came in" is located.
We had a wait for the train so did some shopping and sat and people-watched outside the station.
Then we took our train to St Pierre des Corps - a fast TGV train that got up to almost 200 MPH. Speedy and smooth ride, it took just 59 minutes.
We actually know the speed because some of the techno geeks were using their GPS to measure how fast we were going.
Lunch with our finds from the market. The pears and Brie cheese were my favorites - just incredibly good but everything was very tasty!
The outside of course is gorgeous as are the gardens
Saturday, September 19, 2015
We took a train to Versailles with Bikeabout Tours and then got our bikes and rode to the palace. Since we expected rain we rode around the grounds first. First stop was the Petite Trianon where Marie Antionette had her own little residence.
The early indoor toilet
Marie Antoinette's village where she spent time pretending to be a milkmaid. There was a full "staff" running the farm but they didn't actually live there. Kind of her own personal Disneyland. Or maybe an early type of cosplay complete with people for props.
The gardeners did work all night because she wanted new and different flowers to see each morning.
The palace will be next.
Started out the day with breakfast at the hotel, actually a very nice, full typical European breakfast. Lots of cheeses, charcuterie, wonderful baguettes, yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, etc. oh, and even cereal for Bill...
Tim having breakfast
Waiting near Notre Dame to meet up with our BikeAbout Tours Guide, we saw police walking by, fully armed. They were present many of the places we went. Looks like the one guy was giving me the evil eye for photographing him.
On the train to Versailles, with April, our wonderful guide.
And we're off. This was just a little prelude to the big bike ride next week.
First stop was the local market. I wish there was a market like this near me. I can't even begin to describe how perfect the produce and cheeses were! We just do not see this quality and variety of fresh foods at home.