Yesterday's usual Dimanche post has instead given way this week to a Lundi post. Today was spent lunching and wandering around Versailles with Melanie.
After taking the L train, that runs right behind my apartment, to Versailles Rive Droite on other side of the main entrance to the castle, you make your way along the edge of the gorgeous town of Versailles before arriving at some formidable gates, to find yourself in the forest where Marie-Antoinette once frolicked with sheep and Louis XVI once hunted deer. You make your way through the forest, where you are able to wander freely to marvel the Trianon, Petite Trianon and Hamlet, towards the gardens proper, which are fee-free from the top of the Grand Canal, to hire rowboats and bikes to properly explore the whole park. This sneaky, 'back entrance', to the village and castle grounds has quickly become my favourite way to visit the once capital of royalty in France. From St Lazare it's just 30 minutes to Versailles, handy when I live just up the road from the gare
The L train also does a fantastic loop around the western site of Paris, which gives you an amazing view of the city and a certain special Iron Lady.
Melanie has just completed putting together her new social coaching programme on nutrition and fitness - which looks fantastic! If you've been keen to kickstart a new healthier way of living, or have not given it a second thought, but now you are, head over to the progrmme's site and watch her presentation; you will be sold on needing to participating in this programme. There will even be a special guest appearance by Kristen from The Kale Project!
Melanie travels to Paris so often to visit clients and and to catch up with people including, on occasion, me, that it was fun to return the favour! Espcially when Navigo travel is still free until Aug 18! I'll have to get a couple more trips done this week!