Paris, Day 4: Versailles

Tired again! Versailles was lovely. Tomorrow is a free-for-all day; if I go to bed in the next few minutes (it’s 10:15 pm local time), maybe I’ll be able to write a bit tomorrow about yesterday and today before going out to visit a museum or two. Cheers!

Seamus with his literary hero, Jean de La Fontaine, in the Palace of Versailles.

A spaniel in a painting in the Palace

Seamus with his new buddy Cornelius (Jack got him at the Middle Ages Museum yesterday) hanging out together at Versailles. All the dots of colour in the background are people sitting on the steps waiting for the fountains to start spouting.

Dry fountain turtles and lizards. Ready, set…


There were these areas called bosquets — I’m not sure if the word refers to the neatly fenced-in woods or the circular clearings in them, like the one where we had our picnic lunch on a curving wooden bench. The woods were thick and dark and full of songbirds: Greenfinches, Bluetits, (European) Robins, Magpies, and Blackbirds were the ones I could name. At one point a piece of the fence was broken. Seamus said that if he were a tortoise, he would love to live right here.

4 Responses to Paris, Day 4: Versailles

  1. jamesviscosi says:

    I don’t know, that bosquet looks kind of dark and spooky! Seamus must be a very brave turtle!

  2. lavenderbay says:

    Not so brave, James, just a little introverted. The spookiness is offset by two things: all the birdsong, and the short distance from fence to fence. The weather was room-temperature with 94% humidity yesterday, and the woods made the air deliciously cool and damp instead of warm and sticky.

  3. goodbear says:

    so weird that my previous post didn’t show up. i wondered if cornelius was a unicorn.
    i love your selection of pictures!

  4. lavenderbay says:

    Your comment wasn’t in my e-mail inbox either, Goodbear. A WordPress hiccup probably — a few of the comments last week arrived in triplicate!
    We all thought the unicorn was very a propos.
    Some of the photos are mine, and the rest are E.g.’s. She’s managed to post five on her Flickr site so far, too.

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