Saturday, January 26, 2008
We departed Paris Friday morning and traveled to the nearby town of Versailles (essentially a suburb within 10 miles of the Eiffel Tower). In doing so we discovered that we'd departed the English-speaking territory. No matter, with lots of gestures and a bit of broken French, we bumbled our way through (and learned yet again just how nice and accommodating the French are; they repeatedly apologized for not being able to speak English). We made it to the palace without any problems and took in Versailles. Between solid silver furniture weighing hundreds of tons, gold gilding, and manicured gardens that go on for acres, it's a testament to overindulgence. We preferred the Louvre, but Versailles was well worth seeing.