When we arrived in Paris, Eurostar offered us free chips and a bottle of water as compensation for the delay. They also later reimbursed us 50% off our ticket!
Greedy and stupid me put my bottled water and dslr in the same bag . . . and you can guess what happened next. Lets just say I couldn’t use my camera for the rest of the day, which was fine since most of the day was over anyway due to the train delay. I’m just glad it worked the next morning!
The next day John and I walked across the street from our hotel, Villa Des Ternes, to have some breakfast. I had an omelette that cost an arm and a leg.
And by the way, I noticed it might get confusing if you’re new to my blog . . . but the couple pictured in my Europe photos are not of me and my boyfriend; that’s Dan and Jenny. I like taking pictures and not being in them. Well, and also it’s hard being in your own photos! 🙂
Anyhow, we made our way to the Palace of Versailles which is about 30-40 minutes away from central Paris. After waiting about a little over an hour in line for tickets (if you ever go, buy your tickets online to avoid this!), we made our way to the gardens first. It was so beautiful . . . and so very hot so we rushed through it due to the heat. We didn’t have time to visit Marie-Antoinette’s estate sadly since we got to Versailles in the afternoon so we just explored the grandeur palace.
Naturally my favorite room was the Hall of Mirrors. You might have caught a glimpse of it in Midnight in Paris if you saw the movie. The Hall of Mirrors is renowned as being one of the most famous rooms in the world. There are 357 mirrors in this room; pretty amazing, right?
Following Versailles, we made our way back to Paris to check out the Eiffel Tower in the daytime, and took some photos.
At one point, Jenny was just about to set her camera on a ledge to take a group shot. Next thing we know, these shady looking fellas came up to us, and asked us where the restroom was (they were locals for sure). And yes, they came extremely close to the camera, but Jenny still had a good grasp on it! Phew. After they left, we quickly checked our belongings in case those sneaky scumbags had pick-pocketed us.
After the scare, we found a restaurant to have dinner. All the seats outside were taken unfortunately so we had to sit inside, and it was humid. Luckily the place served us a jug of water for free to quench our thirst and to relieve the heat. I had escargots here, and they were so disgusting; I couldn’t finish them. The night before I had delicious escargots too!
Villa Des Ternes Hotel
97 Avenue Des Ternes
17th Arr., 75017 Paris, France
Chateau de Versailles
78000 Versailles, France
Parc du Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France
75007 Paris, France