Friday, June 11, 2010

Paris: June 8-10th

Well, we arrived in Paris on Wednesday, June 9th. The plane ride went well except for Mike and I sleeping only around 2 hours each. We hired a car to drive us to our hotel, Chambiges Elysees. We both slept most of the ride which should have taken about one hour, but ended up almost two hours due to the traffic. We arrived at our quaint, little hotel by ten o'clock and they had our room ready. It was a good thing since we both were extremely tired. Our room was decorated in typical french styling with striped fabric on the walls with a floral printed fabric near the crown molding and the high ceiling. There is a royal canopy styled curtain that frames the bed like a head board. Overall, very quaint and comfortable too and we quickly fell asleep to recharge ourselves for our first day in Paris.

Upon waking and feeling much better, we decided to walk around Paris and the rain with our umbrellas. We exchanges money for some Euros at our first stop, had some delicious chocolates and bread at our next stop and after walking quite a distance, we found the Galleria Lafayette which is a very large shopping mecca in Paris. We wondered around for about an hour and I was able to get my Eiffel Tower charm from Tiffanys. Then we went to The Royal, a restaurant near the Galleria Lafayette, where we had steak and potatoes for dinner. We shopped a little more and headed back to our room for an early night.

On June 10th, we took a tour to Versailles, a French city located in the western suburbs of Paris. Versailles was formerly the capital of the kingdom of France. Versailles was the Palace and home of King Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.


It started out as another rainy day which didn't matter once we were inside the beautiful French castle. We spent the morning exploring the castle and admiring the large, decorative rooms. When we finished the rain had stopped and the sun made an appearance. Next, we explored the gardens surrounding the palace. There were many gardens on the expansive grounds of the palace. We had lunch at a restaurant, previously the stables and gondolleir home, called "Little Venice." We had a wonderful lunch of salad, chicken with pesto, pureed potatoes, and delicious chocolate pie. After lunch, we spent more time walking the various gardens and the apartment of Marie Antoinette as well as her favorite places on the palace grounds. We returned to our hotel very tired after our 9 hour adventure.

We did decide to head back out around 9 for dessert at one of the outdoor restaurants. We had chocolate crepes and apple crumble. Both were very tasty. We walked a bit more until we came upon another outdoor restaurant near the high end shops on the backside of our hotel. There we enjoyed fresh raspberry martinis...they were made with fresh raspberries and they were delicious!

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