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Our last full day abroad

Time went too fast while studying abroad.  Before I knew it I found myself forced with the reality that we would be heading back home the next day.  We didn’t let this stop us from enjoying the city though!

Traveling on the RER to Versailles

A smaller group of us decided to go see the Palace of Versailles.  It was about a 30 minute train ride on the RER.  We had a little trouble figuring out which train would bring us to Versailles, but jumped on the right one and made it there no problem.  The Palace of Versailles was beautiful and huge!  The Palace itself was guarded by tall gates painted in black and gold.  Behind the Palace were extremely well manicured gardens that stretched for acres in back of Versailles. 

The symmetrical gardens of Versailles

We all opted out of going inside and part of the group walked around in the gardens instead.  The other half of the group left to get something to eat.  We ate outside at a restaurant that had a menu full of crepes and salads with a large section of desserts.  I’ll just say the coffee, caramel ice cream was a delicious treat that I won’t forget anytime soon!

Coffee and caramel ice cream...yum!

Unfortunately, on our way home we were delayed on the RER because of an issue with the track.  It was an extremely hot day to begin with and there wasn’t any air conditioning on the train.  You can only imagine how hot we all were as the full train waited to move again.  Not to worry though, we made it back to our stop and proceeded with our day.

The gates of Versailles

 

Boat tour on the Siene River

Our next adventure consisted of a boat tour on the Seine river.  Our group sat on the upper deck of the boat and enjoyed listening to the guided tour as we made our way up and down the river.  There was a nice breeze on the water which was welcomed after our hot ride on the RER.  While on the boat we passed many famous landmarks in Paris including Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower and the Musee d’Orsay(museum).  It was interesting to listen to the history that accompanies these famous landmarks.  In many places along the river locals sat on the edge relaxing and soaking in the sun.

Locals sit on the edge of the river

After our boat ride we all made our way back to the hotel to change and get ready to go out to dinner.  We walked to a restaurant not far from our hotel to grab a bite.  Good thing we were close to our hotel because by the time we left it was pouring rain!

The rest of the night consisted of packing our luggage to be ready to head back to the states in the morning.

– Jen

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