Thursday, December 15, 2011

Paris: Day 4

Day four started off frigidly but full of excitement: it was Versailles day! You may recall my visit nearly 2 years ago and my many many posts (and pictures!) of the chateau so I won't deluge you now but you can of course reference them through my blog search feature in the toolbar.Versailles, of course, does not change (at least not noticeably) but the seasons do. Tourist season is over and this visit was a weekday so the chateau was nearly empty - a very happy circumstance (other than the many closed areas -boo!). Another reason it was empty: the weather was positively frigid, painful to be outdoors. All the more reason to remain indoors and enjoy the beautiful views! A leisurely delicious lunch was spent at Angelina's in Versailles which included some of their famously decadent desserts. The hot chocolate IS as good as they claim and the Mont Blanc could feed a family of four for at least a week (if that family lived on sugar alone). Sinful; as was the fois gras which was probably the most delicious thing I've eaten in my entire life.Of course, no visit to Versailles is complete without a visit to the Petit Trianon, forever associated with Marie Antoinette whose bed at Versailles you see above.The Grand Trianon was also visited but it proved to be a disappointment; Not very well maintained and the interiors all date to the 19th century. However, it was interesting to see if for the history alone and great to check off my bucket list. I imagine that in more hospitable weather it is the most gorgeous garden in Versailles.On the way home, I stopped for a warming drink at L'hotel which I mentioned yesterday, the "Oscar Wilde" hotel, which was also blissfully nearly empty. Only a few colorful characters shared the lounge with me which proved for interesting people watching. I must say it is my favorite spot I have found in the city!

7 comments:

Austen Redman said...

I was in Paris this year. I must try to get to Versailles next time.

Austen Redman said...

I was in Paris this summer but didn't get to Versailles. I must make the effort to go next time.

Kerry @ Design du Monde said...

Foie gras is spectacular, isn't it? Glad you are having fun.

Diogenes said...

Um, I've been to Versailles several times and have never seen the restaurant. Where on earth is it?

By the way, could you bring back the girandol in the picture for me?

Wonderful pictures.

Windlost said...

Versailles is so lovely and I am glad you are enjoying it. I spent a winter in Paris and recall many cool (rainy) mornings but they always seemed to clear, with a little sun. The hotel you've discovered is wonderful - I imagine you are quite at home there. It suits you.

xo Terri

Rose C'est La Vie said...

This is all almost as good as going to Paris myself. Gorgeous, darling! thank you x

Blue said...

Stefan, a terrific series! Loving every photo and comment. Fois gras is one of the most delicious things for breakfast on thin slices of pain d'epices. If it's on a menu, I will order it and I will relish every politically-incorrect bite. Once, I even ordered it twice and that was dinner, complete.