Posted by: griswoldfun | November 23, 2011

Paris: A trip to Versailles (& Napoleon’s Tomb)

On our last day in Paris we hopped on the Metro and went to the city of Versailles. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go to Versailles as it would take so much time and I wasn’t too sure I wanted to go check out some palace…but on the other hand, my SIL swore it was one of her favorite things from her recent trip to Europe. So I stuck the trip on our last day and wavered on whether or not we would go up until the night before. But… I’m really glad we went!  Since it was November, we didn’t have to deal with crowds and were able to walk right in. But, since it was November, the fountains in the gardens were also turned off and many of the statues covered.

From the Venus Room – Louis XIV as emperor:

The Hall of Mirrors where the Treaty of Versailles that ended WWI was signed on June 28, 1919 (no, I had to look that up):

Picture of the Gardens taken while in the Hall of Mirrors:

I have several pictures of random architectural details and i know nothing about that kind of stuff, but it was all just so pretty!

Doors:

Ceilings:

And more ceilings!

Stairwells:

And then we went outside to see those gardens we had gotten a glimpse of. Oh my goodness… the gardens!  They were awesome – and I am saying this from seeing them in November!

The view down the Royal Drive:

Latona Basin:

We walked (a lot)

and just looked at everything….

The Orangerie where Louis XIV had orange trees to amaze visitors:

And us:

After Versailles, we went back to Paris and saw Napoleon’s tomb and the Musee de L’Armee (The Army Museum). The Hotel des Invalides, a former veterans’ hospital, is where Napoleon’s tomb is. The hospital has a gold dome that we could see from all of the city.

Napoleon’s tomb… it’s gigantic!

The Army Museum has lots (lots) of stuff!  There is a lot of history in France to cover. Most random – this was Napoleon’s horse:

And the courtyard:

And that is the summary of our 5 days in Paris!  Loved it!

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  1. how long ago I was in Paris. . .


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