Finally back on track with posting about my layovers (rather than our epic holiday that has taken me two months to documents (so so worth it but!). My “top bid” was in July. This means that my group, ideally, gets the flights or days off that they bid for. I Bid for the 48 hour Paris, Rome, Geneva and Lisbon. I was lucky enough to facilitate a few swaps and managed to get the exact roster I wanted “Taylor Made” 😉 Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, I was unable to go to Rome, and I swapped the Geneva and then became ill and missed my long awaited Lisbon flight 🙁 I’m all better now, and I think things worked out for me in the end 😉
After quite a hectic flight (and some awkward moments, the passengers didn’t realise that although my French speaking skills aren’t great I can understand quite a bit of what is going on!) we arrived in Paris at around 11am. Some of the crew that I had flown with before organised a tour around the city. I have “been there, done that” all before, but I really could’t see a reason not to explore further! I don’t think I will ever get sick of Paris 😀 We got picked up on our private bus, and headed in peak hour traffic to the city. I wish someone had told me how hot it was! My outfit was decidedly more “spring” than “summer” and as a result I ended up fainting in Montmartre at Scare Coeur. At least the setting was amazing and I was surrounded by crew 😉 We took photos of everything, and it was lots of fun. One of my favourite films of all time is “Amelie” and this is where it was filmed, so I soaked it all in! The next stop was L’Arc du Triomphe where we took some more photos and even stubbled across a French memorial day ceremony complete with traditional dress in 35 degree heat. Poor guys! They still didn’t mind posing with us, though 🙂 Last but not least was the eiffel tower. I have been to Paris 4 times now (twice for holidays and twice for work) and the city itself never ceases to amaze me. Maybe I just have an overly romanticised view of the place, but I love the city, from the towering bronze domes which have since turned turquoise, right down to the haphazard cobblestones that are so quintessentially “French” what are your thoughts?
The day ended with a long hot bath and a cup of tea for me (standard!). The next day I had my heart set on Euro Disney, but the rest of the crew backed out. I was not going to go to Disneyland alone, how can anyone visit the happiest place on Earth with no one to share it with?! Next time 😀 In the end a Brazilian colleague and I navigated the metro system (this proved more difficult that usual due to the fact that half of Europe is under construction during the summer. WHY?! In Winter, when no one visits, everything is untouched!) and we headed to Versailles.
Versailles is a town (and a palace) located a short train ride away from the centre of Paris. It is where King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette lived for a period in their lives. Ever since seeing Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette, I fell in love with Kirsten Dunst and Versailles simultaneously. Everything was so vivid and opulent that it is hard to imagine how such unhappiness could’ve occurred in such a beautiful setting….I digress (again). Once we got to the Versailles metro station, we walked to the palace, bought an all day ticket and then decided to walk the gardens and visit Marie Antoinette’s trianon before the castle itself, as the line went for AGES. It was so long that I had to take a panoramic shot just to fit all the tourists in to show you all! The gardens were amazing, exactly how I imagined, if not better. There were row boats in the Grand Canal, ice cream stalls, couples having picnics and people simply reading in the sun. I felt like I had died and gone to Taylor Heaven. Everything was so green and beautiful, like a fairytale. Marie Antoinette’s quarters were gorgeous too, everything was dainty and girly, but not so much so that it didn’t look regal. It was breathtaking!
After leaving my hat in the gardens, and then later finding it again (the magic of Versailles, maybe THIS is my happiest place on earth, not Disney) we trekked back to the palace, had a quick look around (my favourite was the hall of mirrors) and grabbed a baguette for the ride back to the hotel. All in all, a jam packed 48 hours in the city of Love and Lights! More updates to follow 😉 xx