Versailles and Au Revoir Maclaren

This morning, we headed to Versailles early to try to beat the crowds.  We got there right when it opened, but there were still a million people around.  We headed to Chateau Versailles first and saw the completely over the top palace of the Sun King, Henry IV.

The palace was amazing, but the grounds were even cooler.  We rented a golf cart to see the estate and had a great time cruising around the lavish gardens.

When we got home from Versailles, we all took a nap so we could head out and see Paris by night.  It doesn’t get dark here until after 10:00 pm, so we had to stay out super late.  Luckily, the kids were up for it.

We headed back to the Eiffel Tower, and took the elevator to the second level, about 500 feet high.

By the time we got down to the bottom, it was finally dark and the tower was all lit up and sparkly.

Afterwards, we walked along the Seine toward Champs Elysees and found a cafe where we had a great meal, fantastic dessert, and several humungous glasses of wine.

We rode the Metro home and made it back here by 1:00 am.  Our kids are champions!! 

We fly home tomorrow and to make the entire travel experience easier, we’ve decided to abandon one suitcase here and give our trusty Maclaren stroller the international send off it deserves.  After over 50,000 miles of transcontinental flights, and 600 miles pushed overseas, we are saying Bon Voyage and leaving it here in Paris.  You have served us well Maclaren, you have served us well.

Now, tomorrow, we can travel even lighter.

If we wake up early enough, we are going to go and spend some time in our neighborhood, Montmartre tomorrow morning before we head to the airport.  We are so sad to be leaving, but it’s always good to get back home and see our family and friends.  This has been our greatest trip yet - we get better every year at this.  We have loved every minute in Italy, Croatia, Greece, Turkey, and France!

© Knstrong 2013