Friday, January 8, 2016

Paris: Château de Versailles (Palace of Versailles)

During the first week of November, I went on a trip to Paris with a group of friends. We took the Eurostar and it's about a 2.5 hour train ride from St. Pancras to Gare Du Nord. Tickets were about £160 but they can definitely be bought for cheaper if you book ahead of time. I booked mine a bit later. 

It was pretty annoying because the train broke down halfway there so it stopped for a bit and we also had to switch to another train. They reimbursed us for a cab but that was it. We ended up getting to the hostel three hours later than scheduled at 2:00AM :( It was a bit weird because the cab driver would only take cash.. not sure if that's a thing or not but luckily one of us did have cash.

I stayed at a hostel about half an hour from city centre. If you want more info about where I stayed, just let me know!

Anyways, our main activity of the day was the Palace of Versailles because we only had two days for activities and we have to deal with luggage on Sunday, so Saturday was the best day to go. I would say plan to spend ~3 hours at the palace. The RER C towards 'Paris - Versailles Rive Gauche' goes directly here, with a ~5 minute walk.
We went to the McDonalds outside the station to grab some food and was surprised to see these machines that you order with O_O McDonalds is pricier in Paris than in the States and comparable to eating elsewhere, so I would rather eat elsewhere instead.

We bought the Passport tickets online and it gives access to the Palace and Musical Garden. But we didn't even go to the Garden.. we actually thought the garden in the back (which everyone had access to) so we were confused why we needed the extra access. Ah wells..
 I had a light breakfast so I was pretty hungry T_T We went back into the city to a place called La Cuisine de Bar and they serve tartines. It's next door to a bakery that seemed famous for these biscuits that you eat with coffee; every customer left with a bag of those.

I ordered the set, which came with a salad/soup, wine/water, tartine, and tea/coffee.
Smoked duck tartine; the duck was a bit dry and there wasn't a lot so I only mainly tasted the cheese.
Foie gras tartine
Smoked salmon tartine

After lunch, everyone separated to do their own thing. I ended up going wine shopping, while others went drinking or shopping.

We met up at Le Temps des Cerises for dinner, but I was running late cuz I got lost T_T and spent an hour trying to figure out directions. 
Escargot & Charcuterie 
Steak tartare--SO GOOD T_T

We were going to head to the Eiffel Tower to see it at night but then decided to just head back because it was getting too late and the trains would stop running. We also had to wake up early for the next day, and our schedule was packed with running around the city to hit all the major tourist spots. I'm dreading going through those photos since there's so many more. T_T

Anyways, until next time!

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