At the end of my parents’ stay, we had a match in Paris so I was able to stay the entire next day with my mom and dad. And with that time, we decided to explore the Palace of Versailles. According to my Rick Steve’s travel guide, this is on the shortlist of places to see if you get to Europe. I’m not sure if I’d put it quite so high, but it was a really beautiful place and well worth a visit.
My favorite part was probably the Hall of Mirrors. It was an entry way at one point and also used for reception ceremonies. One side of the wall is all windows, the other side of the room is all panels of mirrors, and from the ceiling are dozens of chandeliers with dozens more candles. It was a really beautiful place.
One of the first hallways we passed through had all these statues of the past Kings of France. It was interesting to see the styles change through the centuries? ha. I actually couldn’t stop taking pictures of these silly statues (they’re not supposed to be silly), but, to me, they tend to be in such goofy, girly poses! How come no one is flexing some muscle or taking a power stance in the statues that will represent them for eternity? Do your thing Frenchies, more power to you.
Another highlight of the main Palace was Angelina Cafe 😀 I went to Angelina’s at another location in Paris during my first trip. Kristy, Coop, and I had our minds absolutely blown by the hot chocolate and desserts. So I was ecstatic to be able to share the same amazing deliciousness with my mom and dad. We had the hot chocolate again, of course, and each had a different dessert that was oh so good. I picked up some macaroons to take and Mom bought quite a few milk chocolate bars and cookie tins to bring back as gifts (whether they were actually given, I’m not so sure 😉 )
So about Versailles- there’s the main Palace of Versaille, and then there are MILES of gardens. Unfortunately, the gardens weren’t quite up and running since it was Februrary, but we did take a tram to see Marie Antoinette’s summer home and another couple buildings on the property. It was really interesting, but by the afternoon, the weather decided to take a turn for the worse- getting REALLY cold and actually snowing on us. Not cool, Versailles. We pulled the plug on any extra exploring pretty quickly.
We ended the night at a random restaurant for dinner that turned out so good. Took our bottle of red wine, I tried escargot! Eek, snails! They were actually really good, and get this: STU TRIED THEM TOO! My dad is a very picky eater so I was/am super proud that he even considered it, let alone tolerating them.
It was a total bummer to say goodbye to my parents that night, but I know how lucky I am to have had them visit at all. It was just what I needed to rejuvenate me for the back third of my stay in France.