Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Battle of Versailles

While we were in Paris (read part one of our trip here), Annie's friends Alex and Alex (very convenient for someone who is terrible with names, like me) were travelling through Europe, and we were lucky enough to have a couple days in Paris together.

One morning we joined them on a little excursion to Versailles - little did we know Versailles was like a battle field and we'd be fighting for our lives... getting smothered by tour groups in the narrow hallways of the palace and being nearly blinded by their tour leaders waving their wands with tchotchkes or ribbons attached to the end to make them recognizable, then heading out into the garden only to be bombarded by bitter cold winds and the looming threat of rain.... Luckily, we got out of there alive and the downpour of rain held off until we were safely seated at a warm cafe for lunch back in Paris.

The palace is obviously beautiful - each room more ornate than the once before.... 

When we finally made it out into the gardens, it was so cold and miserable we were in no mood to go for a long walk... 

... so we rented a golf cart and cruised through the gardens in style, with chauffeur Annie driving us around. 

That evening, after we defrosted, Annie and I got cozy on the couch at watched Marie Antoinette and imagined ourselves back at Versailles - without the angry mobs trying to behead us with their tour group leaders' wands. 


  1. i didn't know you could get a golf cart in versailles. i wish i had known that when we were there... my feet are sore just thinking about all the walking we did that day.

    looks like you had a great time!

    1. The golf cart saved us! It was the best 30euro decision we ever made. It even had a programmed audio tour guide telling us what we were passing as we drove, and played classical music (which we blasted very loudly, obviously).