Travel

Paris and Versailles

One day, I decided last minute to book a weekend trip to Paris and Versailles with some friends.  We rode the bus into Paris from Lyon and from there took a train to Versailles.  That late afternoon we did to Chateau de Versailles.  We only spent about two hours within the Chateau itself because so much of it was blocked off, however, it was still beautiful and breathtaking.  Here is a hint for all student studying abroad: If you visit the Chateau bring your passport and show the ticket takers your European Visa and you will receive free entrance!  Otherwise tickets are usually twenty euros per person.  After the Palace we walked around the city and ate some crepes.  The next morning we woke up early and went into Paris.  I would highly recommend the Big Ben Hop on Hop Off Bus.  It takes you to all of the major sites and gives you a guided tour along the way in many different languages.  The bus was only thirty-three euros for the day.  We started the day with breakfast next to the Eiffel Tower, and then hopped on the bus to start the day.  One of my favorite places is the Opera House.  If you are a fan of the play, book, or movie Phantom of the Opera you should definitely stop here!  If you want to see the canals under the Opera House you can go a guided tour for twenty four euros or you can walk around on your own for ten euros (eight euros for students).  Trying to do Paris in a day can be insane and feel like a whirlwind and while it certainly is you can see all of the major sights in one day.  If you wanted to see the Louvre is something that will certainly take hours if not a whole day to get through!  The Louvre is also a place where you can receive free admission with a European Visa.  You can stop and take pictures with the pyramids, walk around the building, and even walk along the river.  The bus will drive you to the Arc de Triumph where you can choose to go to the top or just take a picture in front of it.  After we stopped and took our pictures we went for tea at Laduree- I am used to not be a fan of hot tea, but this tea is arguably the best tea I have ever had hot or cold.  On the way out grabs some of their macaroons in a cute little box that you can keep for later.  If you want to up to the top of the Eiffel Tower wait for a clear day so that way you can see as far as Versailles!  After making two complete loops on the bus we went for dinner and then headed back to Versailles.  On our last morning, we went back to the Chateau de Versailles and looked at the gardens.  The gardens are beautiful even in the winter when there are no leaves on the trees and the fountains are frozen.  You could spend a whole day in the gardens exploring and taking in the beauty!

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