16 Days in France (Day 13, Part 1)

Hey, Francophiles, we’re baaccckkkkk!  This was Tuesday, June 17.  This was Versailles day.  The palace and grounds are 12 miles outside of Paris, about a 20-minute train ride.  But we had concerns because some of the trains were on strike.  When we arrived at our station that morning, the ticket office was closed and there were no signs that anything was running.  Undaunted, the supervisor climbed over the ticket turnstile – I did not take photos of that lest I be called as a material witness.  Then suddenly someone in the group decided to try our subway tickets – they worked!  So off we went . . .

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[On the walk to the train station, we passed this building a few blocks from “home.”  It’s an embassy, though I can’t remember whose?  Unique design that’s tucked back off the street.]

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[We’ve arrived – the palace is about a 1/2 mile walk from the train station.]

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[We were greeted at the entrance by Louis XIV.  Contrary to some published reports at the time, we did not stand in front of his statue singing, “Louie, Louie!”]

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[A representative sampling of American tourists.]

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[Would not sell in our neighborhood . . . like so many things of some degree of antiquity, undergoing renovation.]

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[Inside, shooting back outside, in line waiting to get inside inside.  This was our one mostly gray day in Paris.]

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[The vestibule?]

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[Where we were by architectural model . . .]

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[Where we were by oil painting.]

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[A Louis?]

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[I don’t know what it is, but it looks complicated?]

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[Reetz, what are you doing way up there?]

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[A statuary hall.]

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[Across a crowded room . . . an organ player.]

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[Are you starting to get the idea this place is just a tad pretentious?  And this is just the guest bedroom!  😉  ]

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[I believe this may be called the red room – but that’s just a guess?]

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[The super and I shoot at cross purposes.]

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[Check any list of the most delightful things on Earth, a cherub’s butt is gonna rank right up there!]

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[A view of the gardens.  Thankful for open windows as it was a rather tight squeeze going through the living quarters.]

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[Bill checks with his broker to determine whether Versailles is for sale?]

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[The supervisor accidentally “captures” a guy who prefers to remain anonymous!]

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[Yet another grand display of ostentatiousness!  😉  ]

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[The lady of the house.]

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[It’s like the media covering a breaking news story.]

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[Well, the grandness of the place is magnificent.  Anne and The Biddies soak it all in.]

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[Keep looking at the floor and you’ll get seasick!]

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[And now we’ve reached the hall of busts you read about in your history books . . . well, not about the busts, but about the people who became the busts . . . well, you know what I mean.  Voltaire leads off (he has good speed and will take a walk).]

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[Dag Obert?  I knew it!  We’re French?]

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[There were more, but I’ve been accused of overexposure in the past.]

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[We’ll end Part 1 with The Biddies on the tram ready for a tour of the gardens (Part 2).  Did I mention we ran into a couple we met on our river cruise here?  Amazing!  As I recall, they were a part of the fun-loving French-Canadian group.  There were times I felt a tad hot and claustrophobic on the palace tour – it’s basically wall-to-wall people and I presume that is just the standard way it is.  If I had to do it again, less time inside the palace and more time out in the gardens.]

I don’t know what it is about the french language, it seems to be scared of coming out of the mouth so it comes out the nose instead.  ~  P.D.Q. Bach 

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The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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