I originally posted this May, 2011. Most of this still holds true. I’m reposting here because it was one of my most popular blog posts. Andy and I recommend Versailles Restaurant to everyone. I never did the bike rentals at Versailles, France. If you have the chance to take any organized workshop by Cynthia Morris, do it. Her online courses are good, too. I was in Paris, France for four weeks. I was always entertained, sketched everywhere, loved it, soaked up design. I went to bed so drunk on art that my mind spinned all night long. It was a wonderful time. I returned home because of Andy and my mom...because I wanted to figure out a way to stay longer. Without further ado, here’s the original post:
My life in Miami, Florida already includes a Versailles. It is not the palace in Paris, France, but THE Cuban food (palace?) restaurant in town. When Mama and I want a good meal that is bueno, bonito, y barato (good, pretty, and cheap), we visit Versailles. We know we are going to enjoy comfort and an interestingly diverse crowd of people.
The real Versailles in France has been visited much more than the restaurant, but not by me. The first visit was in 1987 and the second was 1992. Am now learning that what tourists see of Versailles is but a small fraction of delights to see and experience.
Just another reason to spend FOUR weeks in Paris, France: to be at Versailles for an entire day of exploration that tourists do not get. A day of drawing, walking, and collecting patterns off the palace's wallpaper walls! Here's the quick list of what I learned:
1. There are cafes on the grounds for rest and food.
2. Tickets can be bought outside of Versailles so you can save yourself a very long line to get one.
3. Bike rentals are available to view the gardens.
4. The garden's water fountains have shows during the summer, through September and October.
5. The website for Versailles if chock full of goodies or buy a book upon arrival for a self guided tour.
How did I learn these things about Versailles? Cynthia Morris of the Curious Excursion spent a bit of time putting together a guide for those of joining her adventure. When that much effort is made, I pay attention. One of Cynthia's tidbits was of her friend Heather's Secrets of Paris website. Super site, and got the freebie guide on Versailles that helped with this Fridays in France post.
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