Day 6 – 30th:
Since many new travelers joined on day 5 we were now 12 people. We therefor had said 0900 sharp as a rendez-vous and left 5 past. Of the 12, 7 joined the first group going to Versailles.
At 10h30 we ate breakfast in front of the main building (I don’t think that was legal – but we’re Erasmus and didn’t understand). Tom and I bought the cheap ticket (13,50€ without Marie Antionette’s building) and spent most of the day by our selves.
Illegal breakfast on the coldest Toussaint day. The view was ok though
The audio guide was nice to have when we visited the numerous impressive rooms in the main building. After visiting the main building we met Annika and Victor who were going to see the Marie Antoinette building a kilometer from the main building. Tom and I joined and found out that the Versailles garden would be a great golf course (or four)! The 18th hole straight toward the main building (the club house). The name of the course? VRGCCC – Versailles Royal Golf Course & Country Club. Something for France to consider.
The rooms of Versailles. Each one beautifully made and with different colors on the wall
The weather this day wasn’t the best so we (Tom and I) didn’t eat lunch with Cate, Juha, Nina, Fie and Geir. Instead we got our part of the food and went back to Paris.
We tried to got to Hôtel des invalides and Musée des armées, but we came 15 minutes before it was closing so we figured we could do the visit the next day. It was still freezing and wet, so we went home and bought some beer and crisps at Monoprix When we passed our metro station on our way back someone tried to pickpocket me again! (Last time was the first day in Paris – at the exact same location). Both compartments of my backpack were opened, but I had made my valuables hard to get so nothing got stolen! Pheww.
The others came to the hostel shortly after and we had a nice evening with vegetable soup, bread and some wine.
Day 7 – 31st:
It was hard to get up. I didn’t sleep very well this night because of my coughing (I finally managed to spell it correctly, thanks Tom). I fear that I kept some of my other room mates awake as well, in that case: sorry!
No famous monument to eat breakfast in front of today – we ate baguettes (without jam) on the metro. We got to Louvre and left our bags and jackets in a storage room below the famous pyramid. Once again Tom and I spent the day together. We visited the Antique Egypt, Roman and Mesopotamia exhibitions and of Course Mona Lisa. We then saw the Renaissance exhibition before we met the others under the pyramid and ate lunch at 13h30. Le Louvre is extremely big, we had covered less than 1/10 of the museum!
Tom is excited to see the Mona Lisa
At 15h Tom and I went back to Musée des armées and this time we had time to look around. 6€ for the ticket wasn’t too bad and we got to see the World war 1 & 2 exhibition and Napoleon’s tomb before the museum closed. It closes annoyingly early – 16h45! Bad business!
We tried to get into Jardins de Luxembourg (Gardens of Luxembourg), but it was closed. We ate a ‘Royale with cheese’ and two milkshakes on McDonalds at Place St. Michel. Yes I know it’s bad to eat at McDo, specially in France. No excuses. Sorry.
We went back to le Louvre around 18h where we by coincidence met the others (who had been there all day). They recommended Napoleon III’s chambers. The chambers were absolutely magnificent, way better than ANY room in Versailles!
Napoleon III’s chambers: The best room ever!
Annika turned 23, so we bought her dinner at a Chinese restaurant. I wasn’t really hungry and didn’t go for the three course menu as the others did. Amazingly enough I still managed to pay more – and they got the same food as me and a beer plus a starter AND dessert. Obviously a bad choise.