We knew based on the forecast, today would be the perfect day to head out to Versailles. There was zero chance of rain and warmer weather! So, we got ready, visited our usual cafe and ordered our usual breakfasts, headed to the metro, and caught the RER out to Versailles.
The walk up to the palace is incredible. You can see the opulence before you even enter the gates. Walking up to the ticket counter we learned it is closed every Monday. Oops! We decided we were already there so why not explore the gardens since they were open and we would go back tomorrow to see the palace.
The gardens were stunning. We grabbed a picnic lunch in the gardens and picked a bench to chow down. I couldn’t get over the size of the gardens, and they were initially commissioned in 1661!
After we finished up our picnic we started walking. We walked several of the paths and went to see the The Grand Trianon and The Petit Trianon. Unfortunately, since the palace was closed these buildings were as well. After some exploration we decided a snack was in order. We grabbed some delicious sorbet and chilled out next to the Grand Canal soaking up the sun!
Upon finishing our snack, we decided there wasn’t much else we could do, so we headed back to town and caught the RER back to the city. We decided the next item to tackle was the Avenue des Champs‑Élysées and Arc de Triomphe. We got off the metro and walked up this famous avenue. We window shopped some of the famous shops, and then we spotted Ladurée and decided we had to get some macaroons from this famous and historic French bakery (and my first macaroon experience). We got our sweets to-go and enjoyed them the rest of our walk to the Arc.
We arrived at the Arc and grabbed some pictures in front of it, and then we walked under Place Charles de Gaulle and came up in the center of the place and under the Arc. The Arc is the French’s monument to their unknown soldiers. An eternal flame burns and plaques line the walk way listing the wars the French have been involved. The architecture of the Arc is beautiful, and it was really cool to see this monument up close!
After we finished up with the Arc, we headed back to the hotel to freshen up and then headed to Matt’s friend’s place. It was fun getting to know Jean and learn he’ll be in Atlanta starting in August for six months.
After dinner we headed back to the hotel! Versailles (round 2) and Musée d’Orsay are on tap for tomorrow!