A trip to the south

Where: Hérault, France

I have seen many gorgeous sceneries and places as I travel to one location to the next during my trip to France, and I have to say, it has been wonderful every single day. Many of those days would be considered as being some of the best days of my life.

One day, I woke up feeling happy and excited as ever ready to explore. But what to do? I eventually decided to take a short trip to Minerve. I can recall feeling a bit tired, and I wasn’t really in the mood for walking.

But I have read that Minerve is a small and old village, 21 kilometers away from where I was staying in La Redorte. So, getting to Minerve was rather simple, and as I was driving, looking outside my windshield, there were kilometers of mountains and greenery everywhere.

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Anyways when I arrived, I was very shocked to see how small but beautiful the village was. I’m guessing a few families were living there, but otherwise, it was mostly a tourist attraction. However, on that day, there weren’t that many tourists…Thank God! As I explored the village, I saw a small bakery, a couple of restaurants (straightforward), an ice-cream shop, and a few small boutiques selling their goods.

What I found the most surprising was, many people who came to visit Minerve left pretty early, maybe they had already visited the entire village or perhaps they had places to go. Regardless, I enjoyed it.

I recall the weather being partly sunny with many clouds in the sky and a crisp breeze.

The best part of the day was exploring a whole new area of Southern France, an area in which I didn’t even know existed. I sure was glad to visit it. A very memorable trip.

 


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Walking in a Palace

Where: Versailles, France

When you hear the word palace, what are your immediate thoughts? Just take a moment to think about it, and I’ll get back to you in a few seconds.

So what was it? Did you immediately think of royalty, or perhaps a King or Queen? And if you did, that’s exactly what I first thought when I visited a real royal palace.

Before I talk in detail about my visit, I think it would be important to talk a little about the history of the Palace of Versailles, aka Château de Versailles.

The Palace of Versailles was first built in the year 1623 by Louis XIII, made of brick and stone, and it was then enlarged by Louis XIV into a royal palace. During the French Revolution, the royal family was forced to leave, three years before the fall of the monarchy. Much of the palace was destroyed and a lot of furniture had to be sold. After many years, they rebuilt the palace and still to this day remains intact along with the furniture belonging to the Royal Family. Today there are over five million people who visit the Château, and over ten million people visit the garden every year.

Now hopefully that gives you a little insight of the history of the Palace.

So, my visit to the Palace of Versailles, well, I can sum it up in three words: stunning, gorgeous, and amazing. This is because when I first saw the outside of the palace, I was amazed of how beautiful it was!

Now, before visiting the interior of the palace, I decided to see the gardens located to the west of the palace, because I’ve heard it’s one of the most beautiful gardens in the world! And when I got there, it was most certainly true.

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This fantastic garden covers around 800 hectares of land with over 200,000 trees, and around 200,000 flowers are planted every year, it also has 50 beautiful fountains and 620 water jets! When you walk in the Gardens, there are seating areas located almost everywhere, so you don’t need to worry about finding a seat. And if you want to relax in front of an amazing view, I suggest bringing a good book, some snacks, and sunscreen, because it does tend to get a bit hot especially in the afternoon.

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After my visit to the Gardens, I took a private tour of the Palace, which was great because you avoid the public and you can see parts of the Palace that the public can’t have access too. And gosh, the rooms in which I visited was gorgeous!

In this picture down below, I had the chance to visit the Royal Opera, a beautiful room with crystal chandeliers, wall art, stone floor, and marble pillars.

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If you ever have the opportunity to visit Versailles, take it because it is an unforgettable experience! And to finish my private tour, I had the chance to see many other rooms such as the royal library, dining rooms, piano rooms, and royal bedrooms…

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Just having the chance to see this wonder, I couldn’t help but imagine how much time and money it takes to maintain the entire palace.

Overall I had a blast, I got the chance to see most of the inside, and outside of the Palace, not only that, but I learned a lot about the history behind all this, so I had a truly fun and amazing experience.

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Seeing the Eiffel Tower

Before I get on with this post and show you the incredible Eiffel Tower, can we just take a moment to admire or at least appreciate this amazing landmark? I managed to take this picture on the famous Bâteau de Mouche, a boat ride that shows you different landmarks, which was great.

Anyways, back on to what this post is really about – Eiffel Tower, aka the Iron Lady – Paris’ most famous landmark!

It was my first time in Paris, and I must say I enjoyed every second of it, I mean, what can you not love about it? From the culture to the architecture, to the beautiful language and its exquisite French cuisine… Sounds like a dream, right?

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I always wanted to visit Paris and see its famous landmark, because first of all, it’s always on social media and magazines, not to mention how my friends and family are always telling me their wildest stories about their trip there, so my curiosity grew even more. But when you’re actually there in person, it’s a whole different story.

If you’ve ever been to the Eiffel Tower, you’d know that there are different entrance fees. The prices vary depending on what part of the Eiffel Tower you wish to visit, which means it would cost less to use the stairs to the second floor than using the elevator. However, if you would like to use the elevator all the way to the top, it’s quite expensive. But don’t let the price discourage your decision, because when you’re either on the second level or the top floor, the view is simply breathtaking.

Here is a picture from the amazing view I got from the second floor! This picture was taken by my sister Jasmine.

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Here is another example of the gorgeous view of the city, but now from the very top of the Eiffel Tower. First, I must quickly mention that there are thousands of tourists daily wanting to see the Eiffel Tower and its view, so I suggest going in the early morning when there are fewer people. It’s less of a hassle time wise, but also there isn’t a big crowd blocking your view, and if you love taking pictures, assuming you do, it would be much easier and you’d enjoy it more.

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The Eiffel Tower is undoubtedly beautiful, and if you ever are in Paris – it is definitely worth a visit.

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Remember: Bring your camera – or else you will regret it!

Overall, my trip to the Eiffel Tower was incredible! I loved every second of it.

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