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Visiting the Chateau de Versailles

A November 2006 trip to Versailles by sylvia13

Hotel la Résidence du Berry Photo, Versailles, France More Photos
Quote: Inspired by our Canal du Midi summer holidays, I accompany my husband to the European Construction Technology Platform meeting in Versailles, France.

Visiting the Chateau de Versailles

Overview

Main entrance to the Versailles Palace Photo, Versailles, France
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My family spent a fantastic week this summer doing a boat cruise along the Canal du Midi, so having that in mind, I accompanied my husband to Versailles for just a couple of days. I had already been to Paris a few times before, but it is always an interesting city to visit! No time for museums, bookshops, shopping, or walking around this time, but I got to see Versailles at least, which I had never visited before. I only saw the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and Louvre from a distance, but I still have fond memories of the time spent visiting them a little while ago!  We used some Frequent Flyer points, to get to Paris, but although it is barely 1,000km away, it still took us 8 hours to get there and an...Read More

Hotel la Résidence du Berry

Hotel | "Hotel la Résidence du Berry, Versailles"

Hotel la Résidence du Berry Photo, Versailles, France
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This 18th century building has been superbly renovated into a 38 bedroom hotel, situated right in the heart of old Versailles. Built around an interior garden, the hotel has all the refinements of contemporary comfort and the charm of times gone by. For business stays and work sessions, it offers fax, photocopy, and PC with Internet and e-mail connection. Rooms are sound-proofed and have bath/shower, satellite TV, hair dryer, laundry, and room service. We found our room to be extremely quiet, despite being next to the lift. The hotel has a bar and also a charming area facing the garden, which is used for breakfasts every morning. The hotel is just 3 minutes away from the chateau and its surrounding...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 28, 2006

Hotel la Résidence du Berry
14 Rue D'anjou
Versailles, France 78000
33 1 39 49 07 07

Le Café des Arts

Restaurant | "Le Cafe des Arts"

Le Café des Arts Photo, Marseille, France
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This restaurant was just across our hotel and it looked very inviting from outside. The owners must have artistic touches, judging by the decoration inside: plants, lamps, sculptures, framed pictures, mirrors, boards, all giving the place a cozy and warm atmosphere. There was a friendly girl taking orders and bringing the food and a man looked after the drinks and the wine. We ordered some fish and it came with a beautiful sauce, potatoes, and some veggies. We also enjoyed the white wine and at the girl's suggestion for dessert we ordered a baba au rhum, which was beautiful, especially as the girl brought us a bottle of Martinique rum to pour over it! A most enjoyable first evening dinner in V...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 29, 2006

Le Café des Arts
5 Rue D'anjou
Marseille, France 13007
01 39 50 84 70

Gardens of Versailles

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Attraction | "Chateau Gardens"

Gardens of Versailles Photo, Versailles, France
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Versailles is the most famous garden in the world, yet one can’t really call it a “garden“, as the scale is just monumental! The story of Apollo is what determines the subject of statues and fountains there. The grounds were laid out geometrically around axes, with pathways and pools between them. Everything was set out symmetrically on several levels. Trees were trained and pruned into unusual shapes and pools were ringed with masterpieces of sculpture. I visited the Gardens keeping in mind that we would be going our for dinner on the River Seine that same evening. It was nearly 9am and the sun was just rising, giving the entrance to the palace orange hues. There were not that many people aro...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 29, 2006

Gardens of Versailles
West of the Palace
Versailles, France

Bateaux-Mouces Dinner Cruises

Attraction | "Bateaux-Mouces"

Bateaux-Mouces Dinner Cruises Photo, Versailles, France
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My husband's conference dinner was at Bateaux-Mouches cruise on the river Seine. The dinner consisted of three courses, with a champagne drink at the outset, followed by red and white wines with the meal. The first course consisted of pate, which was served with salad and bread; then followed a fish served with rice and vegetables Our table was for 8 and we had people from Austria, Peru, Spain, Poland, Greece, and a Russian who is now living in Denmark. Our cruise started at 8:30pm and we went up and down the Seine, going past the Louvre Museum, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the lighted Eiffel Tower, and numerous apartments and office buildings. As it was dark, the lighted bridges acquired a di...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 29, 2006

Bateaux-Mouces Dinner Cruises
Pont De L'alma
Paris, France