Paris Day 4: We see a palace and try French McDonald’s

So, our second to last day in Paris began bright and early (what else is new?). I was feeling much better than the day before and was looking forward to another fantastic day in Paris.

After breakfast, we headed for the train to go to Versailles! I was soooo excited to see Versailles! I mean, that’s where Marie Antoinette lived!

So, all 35 of us were herded into the train station. All of sudden, the chaperones start freaking out and we all get pushed out of the train station. Turns out there was a black bag left unattended at the platform and the authorities were needed to properly dispose of it. It was a kind of scary moment. I think I knew deep down it was simply a precaution, but you honestly never know in today’s society.

So, we got off the train, and hopped on the Metro to another stop. We were going to wait there for the train to reopen. The stop happened to be in the literary corner of Paris, so I was thrilled either way!

Since we had a while to wait before the next train, we were given time to explore. Across the street was a gorgeous medieval church, theΒ Paroisse Saint-Germain-des-PrΓ©s. This church was so old and the inside was stunning!

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The details in this church were incredible! There was so much gold everywhere. It was amazing preserved for a 6th century church.

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I loved how many of the walls in the church were painted. I think that’s something that you don’t really see anymore, so it was so unique to see a church that still had its walls painted.

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If you ever end up in Paris, check out this church! It was absolutely worth the stop. It was gorgeous, and the staff inside were so friendly about trying to answer our questions! I highly recommend stopping in to see this church!

We still had some time to kill before our train, so we headed to the cafe across the street.

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Little did we know that the Cafe Les Deux Magots was were all my literary favorites used to hang out. Writers like Hemingway, and artists like Picasso used to frequent this cafe! It was an amazing experience to sit in the same restaurant that these hugely famous people used to sit!

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I got the most delicious cappuccino. It came with little cookies too!

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And then some ice cream, because why not! It was also really delicious!

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All in all, this was an awesome little detour! I got to see another gorgeous church and enjoy a coffee in the same place as Hemingway!

Eventually, we hopped on the train and made it to Versailles.

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We had to wait in a giganitc line before we even got passed the gates. Then you had to go through a rather extensive secutiry check, but we finally made it inside the actual palace portion of Versailles.

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The first room we got to see was the chapel that the higher ups of French society back then got to us. It was lovely!

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img_1535They had an exhibit, which I still don’t quite understand, with skulls and black drapery. I’m sure there was some significance to it, but we couldn’t find any signs or anyone to ask to explain it to us.

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From the next room, you could see into the top of the chapel!

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This was the room before the Hall of Mirrors. If the room before is any indication, I knew we were in for a treat when we got into the next one!

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Actually getting to go into the Hall of Mirrors, I think, is one of those things that you dream of doing, because it’s so iconic, and I still can’t believe that I actually got to do it!

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The Hall of Mirrors was one of the most opulent rooms I think I’ve ever seen! It was beyond stunning! It’s still kind of hard to put into words how gorgeous it was! My pictures do not do it justice!

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At this point, many of our classmates left, since we had the night to do whatever we wanted. A few of us opted to stay and see as much as we could!

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Unfortunately Marie Antoinette’s bedroom was closed for restoration, so we never got to see it (Oh, darn. Now I have to go back. How sad!).

As stunning as the inside of Versailles was, the outside was just as stunning! The grounds that Versailles sits on are so extensive that you have to take trolleys to get around from place to place!

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Sara was feeling very French!

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From here, we decided to hop the trolley and go see the Petit and Grand Trianon. These were the houses built on the property that the royal family and their kids could escape to when court life got to be too much for them. They are just as opulent as the rest of Versailles!

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There were flocks of sheep everywhere, which I loved because they reminded me of Ireland!

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This is the Grand Trianon. It’s the bigger of the two. We decided to stay on the trolley and go to the Petit Trianon instead, and circle back up to the Grand.

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So, eventually we made it to the Petit Trianon. It was beautiful!

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You enter the Petit Trianon through this beautiful little garden! I could just picture Marie Antoinette coming here to relax!

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Apparently, this is the pool table from the infamous pool table scene in the Marie Antoinette movie. I’ve never seen it but the girls I was with were very excited about it.

After we finished inside, we went and explored the gardens out back.

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After this, we realized it was too close to closing to be able to stop at the Grand Trianon, so we hopped the trolley back up to the main building of Versailles.

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Here you can really see how far back the actual land that Versailles is on stretches. It is an immense stretch of land.

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As we were walking back to the train station, we noticed some souvenir shops and stopped in to look. I ended up buying myself a scarf because I finally realized just how freezing it was. The other girls bought some souvenirs too. We then decided to try and figure out what we wanted to do with the rest of our night.

We decided the next step was food, but we didn’t want to go to a sit down place because they take a long time. So, we ended up at McDonald’s. Gotta say, French McDonald’s was definitely better than American McDonald’s.

After we got some food in our systems, we decided to try and track down the Moulin Rouge. This was an interesting experience as the Moulin Rouge is in kind of a sketchy area of Paris (I hope I don’t need to explain why it was a sketchy area). Let’s just say, I saw some things.

Eventually, we did find it!

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We didn’t stop in and see a show or anything. It was a little expensive for us.

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Once we were done taking pictures, and trying not to become emotionally scarred, we headed back to the hotel for some sleep. We had a really busy day planned for the following day as it was our last day in Paris.

 

 

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