Versailles

Flowers - Versailles

The plan for this weekend was to arrive Friday night in Paris, wake up early Saturday morning, take the train to Giverny, see the gardens, spend the rest of the day in Vernon, and then make something up for Sunday. As do all plans, this one failed, mostly due to our ride from the airport not showing up and us ending up getting to the hotel hours late with no time to sleep. We thought we could just take a later train, but later meant much, much later, apparently trains don't go there very often, no idea why. So, instead, we went to Versailles, which was supposed to also have a nice garden and the trains go every 15min - if you ever go there, by the way, there's also a daily ticket to all of the Parisian transportation system for only 8€ if you're under 25, on weekends and holidays, which is almost the same price as the ticket for Versailles gardens.

We arrived there at around noon, and promptly started walking towards the Palace until we ran into a big, very nice flea market, cute little shops, florists, great restaurants, all within a 10min walk. I didn't even need to see the Palace gardens at this point, I loved Versailles already.

Lunch at Versailles

But see the gardens we did, and despite the impressive size of them, I found them quite underwhelming. You see, I was expecting a garden, and instead found myself in a gigantic park.

Versailles

It's still pretty, don't get me wrong, I completely understand why would someone want these as their own private backyard, just look at those woods. But unfortunately, for tourists the woods are closed, you don't have your own private boat to go reading in the lake, you can't bathe in the amazing baths, and there's the same song playing over and over all around the place. I'll choose the lovely little town of Versailles over this any day. However, since we were already inside, we tried to make the most of it and see all of the water "shows" and fountains. Just like these little orange guys

Versailles

A water show consists of a fountain being turned on and _sort of _dancing to the tune. Let's not go into more detail. This particular one had pretty swirly jets

Water show - Versailles

Another one had these cute vase robot bushes

Versailles

And it was a buggy robot too,

Versailles

The obelisk fountain

Obelisk - Versailles

We did in the end find some flowers that smelled wonderfully

Versailles

After two and a half hours of walking from fountain to fountain we went to see the big water show that was marked on the map. We arrived there early, found prime seats on the grass, had delicious orange juice. Soon a crowd had gathered up to see the show

Water show - Versailles

can you spot the little orange guys?
And then, right on time, the music starts, all the jets turn on, so do everyone's cameras

Water show- Versailles

Water show - Versailles

... and absolutely nothing else happened. Not even switching the jets on and off sort of to the beat like the other one, they're just on, and there's very loud music that doesn't let you hear the sound of the water. So we laughed, left after 5min, back to the lovely streets of Versailles, ran into another flea market on the way to the métro in Paris, and this time slept enough to wake up very early and see Giverny the following day. But this is a long post already, so that will have to wait for another day. Until then,

Vernon