Before we really get into the meat of this post, I want to give you fair warning. In the just over a week we spent on this trip we took a total of almost 800 pictures. So, narrowing it down was difficult. By such, there are 71 here to go through. Hopefully you have some time to sit and look. We also took a bunch of video, but have not been able to go through that yet, so that will be at a later post. Anyway, on with the post...
Adri and I have been planning a trip to Europe for some time now, as we wanted to celebrate our 1st anniversary overseas. In talking to friends and family about things they had done that was a lot of fun, and looking at cost of tickets, we settled on a few days in Interlaken, Switzerland and a few in Paris, France.
We flew directly into Paris overnight and got right to work on eating French food. Here we have our first meal, quiche and a chocolate filled pastry (for Adri's sake). Quite good, and worth the price hike in food since we were now using Euro's instead of dollars.
Up the next morning and off to Switzerland. We rode the train from Paris to Basel, then Bern and into Interlaken. We arrived at about 12:00 noon on a Sunday, and come to find out, our hostel wasn't open for check in until 3:00 PM. It was still raining, and a bit chilly, so we found a little alcove in and alley way and sat and waited there for about 2 hours. The entire town was shut down, so there was no where to go except this alcove. Finally, someone showed up and let us in for the last hour until we could check in.
Our first day in Paris was a day to see as much as we possibly could. After 9 1/2 hours walking around Paris, navigating the subway and seeing as many sites as we could, we were spent. We visited the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysees (even found an H&M and Zara there).
Versailles was enormous. I've never seen a house so big, with 40 acres or so of land. According to the tour information, it takes 60 minutes to go from the back of the chateau to the back of the property by foot. We didn't make that journey, but we still did a fair amount of walking. Sadly we weren't able to see all of the interior of the building, but it was still stunning and immaculate. We were able to see enough to get an idea of the scope of what had been constructed here.