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Day 32

Versailles

sunny 24 °C

An early start in Dijon today to travel to Versailles and beat the crowds to the Palace of Versailles. We achieved that and managed to enter the Palace fairly quickly but it was still pretty crowded. The palace was a bit of a disappointment, partly because we had been there before and partly because of the other tourists. With everyone carrying a camera of some sort and the craze for taking selfies in front of every attraction, it is almost impossible to view anything and difficult to get quality photos. I actually only wanted to go for the gardens which we didn't really look at last time as it was winter and the gardens were not enticing at that time. The gardens are spectacular and huge and we spent quite a bit of time exploring them. But again this experience was spoilt by the "art" that is currently on exhibition in the gardens. The artworks, by Anish Kapoor are large and totally incongruent with the palace and gardens (apparently that's the point) and to me destroy the symmetry which is the outstanding feature of the gardens. I think people go to Versailles to see it as it was and this modern art spoils it. Others might disagree but the fact that one of the works, "Dirty Corner" has been vandalised 3 times since it was installed says something.
Versailles is quite a nice city with a strong French feel and again, the architecture is almost all old and attractive. The restaurants are everywhere, as in most French cities, and good. We actually ate lunch today in a brasserie/pub and we had dinner in a very nice small family owned creperie.
Tomorrow is our last day in France and we are sad to leave France and our friend Vianney. But we go to Scotland tomorrow and we are looking forward to that.

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Posted by John McReynolds 13:28 Archived in France

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