We started out with a self-guided tour of the interior of Versailles and then walked around the gardens.
With all of the gold all over Versailles, one can sort of imagine why the French were so upset with the French royalty during the time of the French Revolution. Versailles is beautiful, but it is certainly not subtle. Though every part of it is absolutely stunning, it is gaudy...to say the least!
|A view of the gardens from inside.|
|The (crowded) Hall of Mirrors|
After touring the interior, we decided to brave the cold drizzle and walk around the gardens. Unfortunately all of the fountains were being renovated so they were empty and in one case (The Latona Fountain), even the statues had been removed and shipped off to be restored!
|Doing a little map reading.|
|The Fountain of Apollo|
|Pureed vegetable soup.|
|Adam's chicken caesar salad.|
There really are no words to describe it's beauty and our pictures don't do it justice...I guess that means you'll have to see it for yourself!
After touring San Chapelle, or really just standing in awe in San Chapelle, we took to the streets to do a little window shopping. Paris has excellent shopping and has a great range of prices, but I can't help but window shop on Rue Saint-Honoré. I say window shop because this is the high fashion shopping district of Paris. Though we did not purchase anything, we really enjoyed walking around and taking in the sights.
As usual, this was followed with a cappuccino and nutella crepe break.
After our snack break, we headed back to the hotel to rest up before dinner. We'd had a pretty long day so we decided to ask the concierge at our hotel to recommend a great French restaurant nearby. He recommended a great place only three blocks from our hotel!
Adam set out on this trip with a list of foods to try. He was determined to try escargot and beef tartare. Now I'm a big fan of beef carpaccio, which is also raw beef...just presented in a different way, but beef tartare was new to me as well. We split a bowl of French onion soup and then each had a raw beef entree...I had the beef carpaccio and Adam tackled beef tartare.
|French onion soup!|
|Beef carpaccio topped with parmesan and arugula.|
I was so proud of Adam for jumping right in there with the beef tartare and we were both surprised to find that we enjoyed it! The tartare was wonderfully seasoned with garlic, capers, mustard, onions and other spices. To be honest, it tasted a little like my meatloaf...just, obviously, raw.
We had a wonderful meal and headed back to the hotel to prepare for our last day in Paris!