La Galerie des Glaces, Versailles by boxplayer

La Galerie des Glaces, Versailles

Or the Hall of Mirrors at the Chateau de Versailles - bling central.

Another early alarm today (what kind of holiday is this) - 6.30 to get a head start going to Versailles. Picked up a croissant at Starbucks and a coffee for Dave. Had to hurry him out and get on to the metro. 3 changes on the route and a final trip on the outside RER C line. Engineering works closing a section of the line explained the convoluted itinerary.

The RER train was a double decker - quite quiet oddly - having been marshalled by tons of stewards making us walk down the platform we'd expected far more people.

It was a short walk to the palace gate, and we could already see the queues. Got into the shorter queue for the A gate as explained on my email but turned out that was for those with timed tickets and we had to get into the longer queue which, though it looked like it was queuing for the B gate, was actually also for the A gate. It would have helped if the woman who'd asked us a good 10 minutes before we discovered this whether we had timed tickets had told us that.

So queued in the intense heat for around 45 mins-ish which I suspect is fairly good - under Dave's umbrella. Finally in, we had the full security check.
works. And exhausted and hot already, we stopped at the cafe upstairs for a sandwich and juice and a bit of a rest basically. And that was the pattern for the rest of the day.

Did the tour of the palace with the audio guide - and this was just gruelling in the heat and crowds, absolutely mobbed, quite relieved when we were done. Quick look in the shop then sat for a bit rehydrating before walking into the gardens.

Extremely hot by now so put hats on and a cover up and mooched slowly with lots of water and stops. We wandered into one of the bosquets (shady groves) and found a cafe. Lots of nice food being eaten but I just had the citron presse and Dave had an ice cream.

We walked on to the Trianon estate, another long hot walk. I envied those in the little electric cars and trains. Walked towards Marie Antoinette's hamlet, full of twee houses where she used to pretend to be a shepherdess. Looked just like Hobbiton.

Back to the chateau and on into the town to find a bar or restaurant. Found a likely looking small street just round the corner from the station with lots of restaurants and bars. Restaurants weren't open till 7, so we got drinks in Le Baradoz. Real beers on tap and lots of bottles. Dave had Jet Lag, and I had the most excellent Sidecar. Got quite merry.

Opposite was a drinks shop, La Beerotek, with the most amazing range of stouts and porters. Dave bought 4 and I managed to somehow buy myself some French gin, based on Calvados.

Then to Chez Lazare - a nice shady table outside, with a nice Indonesian family next to us. Very nice scallops for Dave and 12 snails for me, then salmon and chips and Dave had mussels. Dave overdid it with profiteroles and got over full. Then the RER and metro back. Finished the long, hot day with fruit and a babybel in the hotel room.

Parc de Versailles

26 July 2018
Versailles, France
Apart from the het it sounded like a great day
August 6th, 2018  
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