Tuesday, November 15, 2011

gardens of versailles

Like I was saying, the Gardens of Versailles cover 800 hectares of land - which is almost 2,000 acres! I was definitely impressed with the 50 fountains, 200,000 trees, meticulously manicured lawns, and Grande Canal. What's crazy is that we are here during the slow season. If we were to come during spring, the gardens would be even more magnificent! Due to cold winter weather, all the statues in the gardens are covered and the fountains are turned off. Even then - it was gorgeous! Plus, we've been blessed with sunny weather and temperatures in the mid 50's - uncommon for November.

 Beginning of the gardens.
 The Grande Canal in the distance.
 It's a loooong walk.  Some people rented golf carts.

 I was so tempted to jump in this huge pile of leaves lol.

 Latona Fountain - or Bassin de Latone.

If we ever come back to Versailles, I'll definitely rent or bring a bike!  It would be PERFECT for a bike ride because it's nice and flat.  Plus, the walk was almost too much.  A bike ride would've been so fun. 

 I liked the frogs!

 Downtown Versailles.

Girl/boy scouts doing a creepy ceremony or some type of training.  (It looked creepy to me at least.)

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