VERSAILLES, France – There are castles, palaces and chateaus but few surpass the sheer grandeur of the Palace of Versailles.
The group arrived early and enjoyed a cup of coffee at a nearby cafe. We then joined the lines – very long lines – in front of the Palace. Versailles is one of France’s top attractions and the wait proved why. Nonetheless, the more than an hour of snaking around the courtyard wasn’t all that unpleasant in the nice morning air and comaraderie of the group.
The photos in the attached album give you an idea of what a Versaille visitor experiences.
Most of the group returned at mid-afternoon and had the remainder of the day to explore Paris as they wish.
This morning (Saturday) the group all seems excited for an excursion. We are headed off to Giverny, just northwest of Paris, to visit the home and gardens of Claude Monet. We’ll have lunch in the village and then back into the city. Again, the group has the remainder of the day to shop, eat, and explore..