Versailles

This time last week, we were whizzing to Paris on the TGV and then on to Versailles. The rain was lashing down when we left Libourne, but things gradually brightened up as we sped northwards, and the sun came out, although the wind was still cold.
The queue to get in the Chateau was quite astounding, but it is well worth the wait. Although we were surprised how little protection is given to the fabric of the building from the thousands of visitors. The gardens too, were on a scale hard to describe, and we would have loved more time to explore further.
Already it seems a bit like a dream…

Paris trip

On Sunday we went off on the TGV to Paris. This had been planned for some time as I wanted to visit L’aigulle en fete, the French trade show for leisure crafts and G intended to do some sights and take photos.
This was our first experience of the TGV, and we were very impressed; 3 hours to the centre of Paris – it beats flying anyday. The show was on a small scale compared to Birmingham and heavily weighted towards sewing/needlework. I was very interested in the ‘extreme knitting’ specialist, Rachel John and look forward to hearing from her.
When we met up again later in the afternoon, we took in some sights together (hence the photo of me at the Louvre pyramide), and enjoyed a fantastic bowl of French onion soup (at a matching fantastic price) on Bd Montparnasse, before heading home First class. It was a long day but great fun and I will be keeping an eye out for more bargain fares on the TGV.