Versailles, France

July 26, 2013

After all the beautiful sites we’ve seen in Lourdes, then St. Emillion, and the two castles, we kept on going until we arrived in Breuillet last night around 11:30 PM.  We were greeted by Yann and Peggy for a short visit.  We decided to continue on our way to find a place that was near them and yet near to what we wanted to see here, outside of Paris.  We finally got settled in Versailles around 2:00 AM.  We took the today to catch up on photos, and posting, which you all must look at, because some of them are truly amazing, and we have a tour scheduled for Versailles for tomorrow.  I’ve tried to throw in a few little tid bits of humor as I post the pictures of Norms newest love for an electronic device, how we keep Betsy clean and on the road, and of course the bathrooms.  They are such a delight (most of the time) and we are amazed at the modern-ness (not sure if that is even a word) of them.  One thing we can’t figure out is why on the hair dryers, you have to HOLD down the button on them for the air to blow.  They don’t have an ON/OFF switch.  Crazy!!  We’ve decided that “air-conditioning” is just a word used very casually here and really means nothing other than you have windows that open.  

Please say a prayer for my daughters close friends that lost their 3 yr old son, Hayden,  in a drowning accident this week, he was my grandsons little buddy at pre-school.  It has truly devastated the St. Jude’s community.  

Love and miss you all, 

Rita and Norm 

This is Versailles, 6000 residents, no bathrooms, 370 mirrors in the room called “Hall of Mirrors”,  the Gold Leaf Gate, an original chandelier and an original clock that still works and will until the year 9999.

Front of the Palace of Versailles, 6000 residents, no bathrooms.

Front of the Palace of Versailles, 6000 residents, no bathrooms.

Front gate of Versailles

Front gate of Versailles

Original Chandelier

Original Chandelier

Original Clock, astronomical clock, made in 1749, still keeps perfect time.

Original Clock, astronomical clock, made in 1749, still keeps perfect time.

Here we are in the Hall of Mirrors Room. You can rent this room for 7000 Euros a night!

Here we are in the Hall of Mirrors Room. You can rent this room for 7000 Euros a night!

A sunset picture of Versailles

A sunset picture of Versailles

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