Friday, November 27, 2009
As if the inside of the palace wasn't amazing enough.....
The gardens outside stretched for what seemed miles. The exquisite manicured gardens almost looked fake. The boxwood was designed to look like different shapes, the trees were all the same height, the flowers were abundant, and everything had its own space and seemed to thrive.
We rented bikes and rode through the gardens for about 2 hours. It was probably one of the best times I have ever had. First of all, I love riding bikes. Second, who wouldn't love riding through gardens and farms full of grazing sheep? The air was crisp, but the sun was warm. The wind through my hair felt freeing. This was the first time of the trip where both me and my husband felt that were not close to home. It was too beautiful and majestic to be anything that we have ever experienced before.
There were fields of sheep and goats that were relaxing in the autumn sun. Marie Antoinette used to come out to these fields and look at the sheep when she was feeling overwhelmed with being royalty and living such an opulent life. It seemed that everything in the gardens of Versailles was authentic and never changed after all of these years.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Versailles......I have never seen so much gold in my life!
We took a train about 40 minutes outside of Paris. I love trains, so the ride there was so fun for me. When we arrived at the small train station, we walked about 10 minutes and there it was. Versailles. One of the biggest palaces that has ever been built. The gold was gleaming in the early morning light and my eyes were trying to focus on what was before me. Seeing things this grand is sometimes hard to believe. We were standing in history. How many kings and queens stood here? How many horses have galloped on these cobblestone roads? It was amazing. I still look back on all of our pictures and can't believe that we were there. If you ever make it to France, make sure you find that train and go to Versailles.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Every morning, we would get up for coffee at the local coffee shop and have our morning cafe creme and pain au chocolat. After wrapping up in our scarves, we set out to explore the streets of Paris. It is easy to get lost in Paris. Not lost in the sense of "where am I??", but more in just wandering aimlessly around with no set direction or destination.
The small winding streets of Paris are the most charming. Ivy grows up sides of buildings, while colorful shutters outline cottage-like apartments. Each winding cobblestone street has so much character and so many little details to soak in. After being back home in the states, it makes me miss the quaintness of the city. Here all we see is mass retailed streets full of super size retailers and massive structures with no windows that we call shopping malls. Ugly and boring.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
“With an apple I will astonish Paris.”
For some reason, this quote makes me happy. I'm a Cezzane fan. The vivid colors of his still life and landscapes are enhanced by graceful brushstrokes and a true vision for the subjects that he was painting. Who else can make fruit look so great?
(photo found at www.artinthepicture.com/.../fruit_basket.jpeg)