City of Laughter & Love
This morning we made our way to Château de Versailles, which used to be a country village but is now an exclusive suburb in Paris.
We arrived at the palace and were shocked into seeing a line that wrapped around about 4/5 times near the entrance. The line, not exaggerating, probably would have taken us 3 hours to wait through. Instead we headed to the other side of the palace where the line for the entrance to the garden was pretty much non existent.
I’ve been lucky enough to visit the Palace interior and the gardens 4 years ago. The inside was beautiful and its a shame Taylor and Shristi didn’t get the opportunity to see it for themselves. The gardens regardless, were still grand and spectacular. We had a lovely morning relaxing there with our ice creams!
After the train journey back into central Paris, we made it to Notre Dame, where we pretended to be hunchbacks and rein-acted the movie for our photos.
We walked along the river until we reached the love lock bridge. Sweethearts and loved ones usually inscribe their names onto the padlock, lock it onto the bridge and throw away the key into the water. This symbolises unbreakable love.
It is spectacular and has locks covering every inch of the fencing. There are now actually locks placed on locks which are already locked. This can get really heavy of course. The whole scenario however, was simply romantic! There were cute couples and families everywhere locking their love right here in the middle of Paris.
A few minutes walk across from the bridge, we bumped into the Louvre. It was nearly 20:00 and the sun was shining so brightly. Its so amazing spending summer in Europe, the days feel so long and you can get so much done!
We continued walking through Paris and made it to the bottom of the Champs Élysées. Our feet, after a gruelling day of walking everywhere, where suffering immensely. We decided to take a mini bike-man-ride up to the top of the Champs Élysées.
As a final stop we made it to the Arc de Triomphe and climbed the many steps up to the viewing platform on top. We thought we would be able to see the Eiffel Tower sparkling as it does at nighttime however, we were devastated when they closed up and kicked us out 15 before it lit up beautifully.