Later that evening we attempted to catch the sunset from the top of the Arc de Triomphe, but we veered in the wrong direction somewhere and ended up at the Parc de Monceau, which was lovely, but caused us to not arrive at the Arch in time to go up. So we strolled east along the Champs-Elysees until we hit the Jardin des Tuileries. Then we headed north, back to our hotel, and called it a day. A long and exhausting, but fun, day.
Versailles was overwhelmingly ornate - it was extremely impressive, but it sort of made me sick at the same time. Who needs all that anyway? I guess I missed the point. It's a beautiful place if you enjoy seeing huge amounts of ostentatious luxury. It's much easier to take on a picture-by-picture basis, at least for me.
Walking to Versailles from the train station
The long line waiting to get in
The sky was overcast and there were occasional sprinkles
fancy painted ceilings and Corinthian columns
gorgeous painted floors
looking out a window into the backyard
the Hall of Mirrors
parquet floors and gilded wall mouldings
I love this screen!
a giant pair of stilettos in the Hall of Mirrors
chandeliers in the Hall of Mirrors
musical wall decorations
Marie Antoinette's bedroom
fancy napkin folding and place setting with upside down utensils
doing some repair work
ladies in waiting
The row of feathers in front of this painting makes it look like they are doing the Can-Can.
They had lots and lots of statues inside.
The courtyard near the exit. Goodbye Versailles!
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The Cite de La Musique is an excellent musical instrument museum that Doug wanted to visit. It had excellent displays of all kinds of interesting ancient instruments.
The fountain in front of Cite de la Musique
There were lots of different kinds of harpischords, all gorgeously decorated.
Heading off for our evening stroll
We finally got there, but it was too late to go up.
Window shopping along Champs-Elysees. I love this dress - especially the way the pockets line up with the curve of the seam in the bodice.
Doug, of course, loves these cars - or are they actually golf carts?
The all-electric Renault Wizzy!