In 2008, the golden gate of Versailles were replaced. The original was torn down during the French Revolution in 1798.
I could almost imagine myself being a visiting royalty as we pulled up to Versailles.
Yet again, we arranged a private tour of Versailles. The company that we went with, Artventures, was worth every penny (every Euro?) and I highly recommend them. The guide picked us up from our hotel and drove us out to Versailles, took us to a side entrance for tours, found a way for me to get inside to sit down so I could nurse Keladry, gave us a wonderful tour full of incredible anecdotes for every room we were in, and was super patient while I took many many pictures with the TARDIS.
The only thing I did not like was the massive amount of people and the lack of places to sit. I was in so much pain that by the end I couldn’t concentrate and was in tears. Literally the worst pain I’ve ever been in, and I include childbirth in that (I did have an epidural, but that’s besides the point). So if you get pain from standing for long periods of time, I recommend viewing the gardens rather than the interior of the palace of Versailles.
At the top of the highest hill in Paris is a church: Sacre-Coeur. As with all the architecture in Paris, it was beautifully carved.
Tucked in behind it is a series of small gift shops with very reasonably priced souvenirs, and a courtyard where local artists hang out and paint caricatures and landscapes while you watch. And bakeries. Obviously.
This plaza is directly across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower. It also features in Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Chat Noir quite often. We started watching the TV show the evening after our tour of Paris, and were very excited to recognize this plaza as one of the main locations in the show (first season).
You can see our little “Madeleine” with my parents in this shot.
Side note: brightly coloured coats for kids is a great idea right now, because practically no kids are wearing them – they’re all in dark colours. Makes it SUPER easy to quickly spot your child. We have a yellow rain coat, an orange winter coat, and a blue winter coat for the kids. Definitely going to stick to this trend for the foreseeable future.