Our trip to France this year was a week in length, and we wanted to visit two areas: Paris and Nice. We spent three nights in each city, and our days were full from morning to night. In Paris, we wanted to see the main monuments, many of which I had not seen in many years.
On our second day, we were up and at ’em early to catch a train to Versailles. We spent the full day at the Palace of Versailles, and it was great. The palace is incredible. It’s so opulent, and there’s design inspiration in every corner. While we bought tickets in advance, the palace was so busy, and each room was quite crowded (but maybe not even as crowded as it is in peak travel seasons). On a future visit, I would try to get a private tour, which would take us into less-frequented rooms. I downloaded the audio app to learn about the history in each room.
We splurged on a lovely lunch at Angelina, right within Versailles, which was fun. I opted for the quiche lorraine and lemon tarte, and both were excellent.
While every bit of the palace took my breath away, my favourite part of our visit was wandering around the gardens and renting a row boat.
We spent our last half-day walking to the Notre Dame and exploring the area around it, including a visit to the well-known English bookstore Shakespeare and Company. The bookstore was a big hit with my travel companions!
I’ve been to Paris dozens of times, but each time brings something different. It’s such a magical city to get lost in! I’m always happy to offer recommendations, so if you have any questions, please ask!
We spent a week in France recently, and, of course, had the greatest time. The week was short, yes, but we maximized our time, and enjoyed every gosh darn minute. I’m already eager to back – no surprise there! I will share a few more photos and details of our itinerary in the coming days and weeks, but I thought I would start by sharing some information about where we stayed
The apartment is in a secure building with an elevator, and it has all the conveniences needed for short- and long-term stays (e.g., fully functional and equipped kitchen, laundry facilities). When I made the booking with Pick-a-Flat, I was also able to book an airport shuttle. Communication with the company was clear from beginning to end.
I booked this one bedroom apartment on Pick a Flat, and the company has so many incredible apartments for short- and long-term stays. On a future trip, this will definitely be a top site to consult. Apartment sizes and prices vary. Here are a few others I’d love to stay in.
I’ve got my travel bug back, which means I’m dreaming and scheming, and coming across so many incredible places to stay. Wow. Jaw dropping interiors! Here’s a peek into a modern and elegant home in the South of France.
I realized earlier this week that I have been featuring hotels in this hotel to home series weekly since March 2016. That’s over a year’s worth of hotels! Isn’t that wild? There have been so many beautiful hotels that I’ve drooled over, and I certainly cannot pick a favourite! Can you?
I’m debating bringing this series to an end and starting something else (I have a few thoughts), but I’d love to have your input. Do I keep going with “Hotel to Home” series? What else would you like to see here on White Cabana? What would you like me to write about? What would you like to learn? What stories can I share?
While we’re all thinking about our next steps…
Let’s head on over to Nice, France, to look at the Boscolo hotel.