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Discovering Versailles Palace
France

Discovering Versailles Palace

Palace of Versailles – France According to Wikipedia, the palace was built in the 11th century.  It was the seat of political power in the Kingdom of France. Getting to Versailles Versailles is easily accessed by train, especially from main cities like Paris.  Once at the train station, budget for a 10 minutes walk to the main Palace entrance. Lots to discover We thought we were heading to Versailles to visit a Palace.  However, Versailles not only has a beautiful Palace with really impressive decorations, there’s also a Garden and the Petit Trianon to discover.  Versailles demonstrates the dominance of French luxury style. The Versailles Garden is one of the nicest we found in France.  You can follow the main

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The Petit Trianon in Versailles
France

Discovering the Petit Trianon in Versailles

The Petit Trianon in Versailles Pleasantly surprised We came for the Versailles Palace, and returned raving about the Petit Trianon!  Since the lineup at the Palace was unbearable, we started sightseeing the Versailles Garden and Petit Trianon. About the Petit Trianon According to Wikipedia, the Petit Trianon was designed by Ange-Jacques Gabriel from the order of Louis XV for his long-term mistress Madame de Pompadour. Furthermore, the luxurious decorations also attracted Marie Antoinette. She was going to escape the formality of the court life and to shake off the burden of her royal responsibilities. Here’s our recommendation for your pre-booking 👇🏻   The Petit Trianon also has its own small garden demonstrating really nice views inside and out.  Above all, we appreciated

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Discovering Mouffetard Market, Paris

Where : Mouffetard Market-  Paris – France The Mouffetard Market was our first destination in Paris ! We arrived in Paris in the late afternoon, after a 6 hour layover in Zurich.  We took a taxi from Charles de Gaule airport to our friend’s apartment, located in the 13th arrondissement. Our friend Gilles highly recommended the Mouffetard Market.  Too tired to go out for dinner, we decided to explore the area and buy some light groceries for dinner. The Mouffetard market is located on a beautifully decorated small street.  However, you’ll will find all the necessities, tasty local cheese, the famous and delicious French baguettes, fruits, wine, etc.  The quality of the food is great, but it wasn’t cheap.  

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Discovering Montmartre, Paris

Where : Montmartre, Paris Montmartre is a “Must” while you are in Paris!  This district is full of history, on a hill located in Paris’s 18th arrondissement.  The main attraction is beautiful Basilica of the Sacré-Coeur which is located at the very top of the hill.  There are lots of cafes and restaurants around, the cute ‘Wall of Love’ or ‘Mur des je t’aimes’ in French.  The streets are full of artists attempting to sell their drawings and caricatures. Historic notables: Visit the Musée d’Art Naif Max Fourny in the square Many notable artists lived and worked in Montmartre during the “Belle époque” (1872 and 1914).  Back in the day, the rents were low and the atmosphere congenital.  Big names

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Discovering Pont Alexandre III, Paris

Where : Pont Alexandre III-  Paris – France We just wanted to give a quick shoutout, because we thought it was one of the most beautiful Bridges we saw in Paris and in Europe.  But surely the architect, residents of Paris and the millions of tourists already know that ! After visiting the Eiffel Tower, we walked along the Seine river and stumbled upon the bridge. According to Wikipedia, Pont Alexandre III is one of the most extravagant bridges from Paris and it’s a French Monument historique since 1975 .  We agreed and highly recommend to walk through from either side.  You will get amazing pictures of the many statues on the structure – exuberant Art Nouveau as we remember

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Discovering Montparnasse Cemetery, Paris

Where : Montparnasse Cemetery.  Paris, France You might think it’s creepy to visit a cemetery, especially if you’re from a different city or country right !?  Believe it or not, as we researched Paris prior to our trip, the cemetery came up a couple of times.   Paris (and Prague to give another example) have way more tombstones with lots of history dating back to WW1 & WW2.   It demonstrates the tragedies that a war can cause. At the Montparnasse cemetery, you can pick up a “Map” at the entrance, which lists where famous were buried.  This is where  French singer Serge Gainsbourg’s remains lie.  You might remember him from his song “Bonnie and Clyde” with Brigitte Bardot.  You

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Discovering L’île de la Cité, Paris

Ile de la Cité is easily accessible through Notre Dame cathedral or Pont des Arts where you will find the Square du vert-calant and the famous “love-lock”.  You know that famous place where locals and tourists attach a “lock” to make a wish or demonstrate their love forever … or something like that! We first noticed l’île de la Cité on the Bateaux-Mouches tour.  Passing in front, the island gave us this peaceful impression and we instantly wanted to visit.  We saw people sitting on the edge of the concrete basking in the sun and imagined ourselves there.  After a long day of sightseeing around Paris, our opportunity struck and we accepted.  We consider ourselves fortunate for the experience since

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