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Paris and Normandy


Disneyland Paris
Many Sights, One Day
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Holly sitting on steps at Versailles.

Our first full day in Paris... on my birthday!


For breakfast I wanted to be a little adventurous, so instead of eating at our hotel, we set out to find a likely café. We wandered around a bit then finally picked a place. The waiter at the café was very nice. Larry and I both had omelets. What was weird was that they were served with a small, but tasty salad.

            After breakfast, we caught a train to Versailles. There was a group of musicians on the train consisting of a guitar, accordion, and sax. It was a novelty to us, but the other passengers barely looked up. When finished with their lively performance, the musicians came by asking for money.

            We walked from the train station to Versailles. It was a bit cold out, but sunny. It took us a little while to figure out where to go and what to do. There were a lot of people there and several different entrances and lines.

Larry at Versailles

Holly in front of Versailles

Versailles is very impressive and there's a lot to take in. Larry and I could totally see how Ludwig II was influenced by Versailles. It was like being at Herrenchiemsee, only on a much bigger scale!

This side of Versailles faces the expanse of gardens and fountains.

Herrenchiemsee was patterned after Versailles.
Holly at Herrenchiemsee
This is me in front of Herrenchiemsee in June of 2001. Click on this photo for more from that trip.

Versailles Official Site

We took a guided tour. It was all really beautiful and it was interesting hearing about Versailles' history and about the people who lived there. One of my favorite things to see was the opera house. It was lovely built all in wood, with sky blue curtains and upholstery.

            After the tour, we grabbed some lunch at a café on the grounds. I thought it was funny to have some quiche. (Well, it is France, after all!) From there we wandered around the gardens for quite a while. All in all we wound up spending most of the day at Versailles. I don't think either of us realized just how much there was to see.

Holly at Versailles gardens

Larry at Versailles gardens

Horses in fountain.

Holly in the Hall of Mirrors.
Me in the Hall of Mirrors.

We eventually took the train back to our hotel and rested up a bit before heading back out for dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe. Going to the Hard Rock in Paris on my birthday has significance for a couple of reasons. The first goes back to my 21st birthday. My parents were very cool and rented a limo for me and six of my closest friends. I told the driver I wanted to go to the Hard Rock Café (in Los Angeles). For some reason, she just would not take us there. It was all very weird. So it wound up taking eight more years before I finally got to the Hard Rock on my birthday!

            The other significance is that Larry and I collect Hard Rock Cafes. Even though we'd been to ones in the States (L.A. and Las Vegas), this was something that didn't develop until we moved to Germany. I don't know how it got started exactly, but now it's our thing to go to Hard Rock Cafes in Europe, collecting pilsner and pint glasses (and the occasional Hurricane glass) along the way. At this point we had only been to Hard Rocks in Edinburgh and Munich. We liked this one in Paris a lot. It had good music, good food, good ambience. After a while they were showing "Ally McBeal" episodes in French. That was pretty interesting. We definitely had a good time. I enjoyed my Hard Rock Café birthday dinner. I love being able to say I spent my birthday in Paris!

Disneyland Paris

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