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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

From Versailles to the Marais

just some of the people at Versailles yesterday
Yesterday we spent the day at Versailles. The line to get through security was crazy, so we headed to the gardens and took a train to the Grand Trianon.
The last time I was here (2002), I don't think the Grand and Petit Trianon were open for visits. And there was nowhere near the level of security there was this time.
After visiting both Trianons, we caught the little train back to the Chateau and waited in line for security. It was great to see things again, but the crowds were really bad. In many cases you had to shove people to get through rooms or be able to see anything.
The entrance to Petit Trianon, Marie Antoinette's private house

and her bed

I've seen a few of the single-person
electric vehicles in Paris.

The King's (or maybe it was Napoleon's?) bedroom at Grand Trianon

Marie-Antoinette's bedroom in the Chateau
In the RER station: The French spirit lives on...

Today we visited the Marais. We started at the Carnavalet, Museum of the history of Paris, then to EntrĂ©e des Fournisseurs, a great mercerie (notions shop). 

Proust's bedroom

From there we headed to Villa Paris, the tile shop owned by the our hosts, Olivier and Alexandre. We had lunch not far from there, at Au Bourguignon du Marais.
You know it is a nice restaurant when they use Laguiole Cutlery
After visiting Alexandre and Oliver and having a coffee, we head to Mariage Freres for some tea, then on to BHV to do some more general shopping. I bought a red leather skin and a coffee mug, Mom found a set of matching accessories: case for her phone, a small shopping bag and a couple of other things. From there we headed home, stopping to get the obligatory baguette before heading up the hill.
Dessert: 2 flavor of Berthillon ice cream

Tomorrow, the D'Orsay!

The shop, Villa Paris

Leo, the new miniature Schnauzer

Some of the beautiful tile work--
1mm square mosaic pieces

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