Paris Versailles entrance Paris France

I set out very early with Sue and Kathy, two sisters from the tour, to Versailles. We were a little intimidated by the Metro and Rer C train, but together we made it easily to Versailles with the other early birds.

I could tell that it was going to be a wonderful day when I saw that the entrance was virtually empty. I felt very fortunate to arrive at Versailles when no visitors were standing in the way of my image.

Paris Versailles Paris France

The Palace of Versailles

Paris Versailles gate Paris France

The following photos are from the interior of the Chateau.

Great Hall Ballroom Palace of Versailles Paris France

Great Hall Ballroom

One of the most interesting things to me were how beautifully ornate the ceiling corners of the rooms were. OK, the truth of the matter is that I’m writing that because my camera, with its fixed 23mm lens, couldn’t capture an entire room in one fell swoop.

Paris Versailles ceiling corner Paris France

Paris Versailles ceiling corner Paris France

Paris Versailles ceiling corner Paris France

Paris Versailles ceiling corner Paris France

At this point, I was pretty much suffocating in the Chateau due to many large tour groups, so because of that, I made my way directly to the Hall of Mirrors and here is my cropped photo, eliminating everyone who was taking selfies.

Paris Versailles Hall of Mirrors Paris France

It was literally a breath of fresh air to be outdoors in the gardens.

Paris Versailles garden topiary Paris France

Paris Versailles tree Paris France

Paris Versailles pond sculpture Paris France

Paris Versailles allee Paris France

Paris Versailles grove vanishing point Paris France

Paris Versailles tree grove wooden fence Paris France

Paris Versailles Petit Trianon Paris France

Paris Versailles peach house Paris France

Paris Versailles gazebo goose Paris France

Paris Versailles goose Paris France

I’m finally getting to the part of Versailles that I loved the most which is Marie Antoinette’s Hamlet.

Paris Versailles Hamlet Paris France

Paris Versailles Hamlet 2 Paris France

Paris Versailles Hamlet Paris France

Paris Versailles Hamlet Paris France

Paris Versailles Hamlet Paris France

Paris Versailles Hamlet tunnel Paris France

Paris Versailles Hamlet pumpkins Paris France

Paris Versailles Hamlet Paris France

La Ferme

Paris Versailles Hamlet Paris France

Believe me when I tell you that I left out a TON of photos from the Hamlet…so beautiful. However, I was exhausted. I had walked miles at Versailles. (Note to those of you who have never been to Versailles: Rent a little golf cart!) This area is about an hour’s walk back to the Chateau and, after getting back, I had to return by RER and Metro. A super wonderful day.

Paris Rue Cler Paris France

Paris Rue Cler cheese shop Paris France

When I returned to my hotel, I walked over to Rue Cler and picked up several items…a luggage rack cart (YAY! My life instantly became better), a new umbrella, some cheese, grapes, bread, and wine. Everything was working in my favor in the wine store:

Me: “By any chance do you have any small bottles of wine?”

Wine store employee: “Would you like that chilled?”

Me: “Oh no, I don’t have a wine opener.”

Employee: “May I open it for you?”

YES, PLEASE!!!

Shopping along Rue Cler

My early-dinner still life in my tiny hotel room.

Paris hotel room wine cheese bread Paris France
And my view from my bedroom window balcony:

Paris Eiffer Tower night room balcony Paris France
Life is very, very good.

Next stop: Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland!

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