We woke up early for us (we’ve been averaging about 10am) at 8:30am to make our way to Versailles. We had to take the metro and then a RER train to get out there. By the time we arrived, the line was snaking around itself and I was uber frustrated by this fact. I mean, I had even purchased the tickets online the day before to better our odds of getting in faster. It took us about 30 minutes to get in, going through security and a long passage into the main square. We checked out the palace and the Mesdames quarters before heading out to the garden, which was surprisingly lush for it being October.
We had purchased, for only €3 extra, a ticket that included the Grand and Petite Trianon palaces. We walked around the gardens, made a quick lunch on a bench, went to the Grand Canal and made our way over to the palaces. We eventually found them and walked through them. They were interesting and intricately designed, but they didn’t really do too much for us. Trying to make our way back, we stumbled upon this little village/farm that once belonged to Marie Antoinette and parts of it were still being used. They had chickens, goats, cows and vegetable gardens that were being tended to. I can’t speak for George, but this was my favorite part of the whole Versailles grounds.
We tried to make our way back to the Trianon palaces, but somehow along the way, we got severely turned around and lost. We just started walking in the general direction, where I felt it necessary to make an Oz reference about the spooky forest. We finally found an open gate and made our way through it, and in big red letters, said “staff only”. Whoops. But we were back and walked back to the Grand Canal where we munched on some ice cream, watched people throw bread to ducks and swans, watched men struggle rowing to try to impress their girlfriends, enjoyed the sun and stared at creepy ass carp. Yes, they are creepy, especially when they open their mouthes on the surface of the water.
After spending a solid 5 hours there, we made our journey back to Paris, where we decided to enjoy some more wine. I think I made it my personal mission to try at least one new wine a day while there, FYI.