Our third day in Paris was perhaps my favourite. We visited Château de Versailles in the morning and in the afternoon, strolled along the Champs-Élysées where we shopped 'til we dropped. I've been fascinated with French history for the longest time and visiting Versailles had always been a dream of mine since I saw Marie Antoinette, in which the palace was so beautifully depicted by Sofia Coppola. Of course, with the mass crowds of tourists and scaffolding in some parts of the palace, it obviously takes away from its beauty, but you do still get that sense of grandeur and just how opulent and excessive the lives of the monarchy were.
Our tour of Versailles was our last walking tour on our Europe trip and as interesting as it was to learn about different aspects of European history, I was so glad we wouldn't be going on any more and battling the crowds. They can be really tiring and they really do get to you. You have to listen quite carefully and try not to get lost amongst all the other tourists! From floor to ceiling, each room was covered by the most immaculate detailing and the paintings really were incredible too. My favourite part of the tour was seeing Marie Antoinette and Louis XVII's bedroom, which of course, gave me flashbacks to the film.
After the tour of the palace, April and I went out into the gardens where we had fun taking photos and admiring its pristine condition. The water fountains, the music, the perfectly kept hedges and all the colourful flowers were just all so beautiful. About an hour later, it was time to get back on the tour coach and be taken back to city.
By this time, we were starving, so we just got McDonald's for lunch, which definitely isn't the most exciting place to eat in a city like Paris, but hey, it did fuel us for the energy we needed while shopping! We visited Marks & Spencer for a bit, but we by far spent the most time in H&M and Sephora! We both definitely went nuts and bought an excessive amount of clothes and makeup. The way I justify it though is that we don't have H&M in Australia (yet) and the price of cosmetics is just ridiculous. Carrying a tonne of shopping bags in the hot Parisian heat did tire us out, so we stopped by a little crêpe stand and enjoyed our sugar and lemon crêpes sitting on a bench nearby. It was the first time I saw a lot of litter in the city, but to me, Paris is just so charming and beautiful and there is nothing that could possibly spoil that image for me.
Once we had refuelled, our next stop was YSL where I wanted to get my hands on an Arty ring. They closed at 7pm and it was almost 6:45pm by the time we caught the train to Saint-Sulpice, so I was panicking! When we arrived, we couldn't find the store, not even after wandering around and asking people. Just as I was about to give up, literally at 6:58pm, we found YSL and the saleswoman kindly let us in and have a browse around. I knew exactly what I wanted so I didn't waste her time. Not knowing whether they had the ring or not, low and behold, they had the exact ring I was after and it was like, some kind of miracle and it was meant to be! I was so happy and I thanked April because after being out eleven hours in the heat, we were both exhausted.
I can't even remember what we did for dinner that night (mind you, it has almost been a year since I was in Europe!), all I remember is passing out at the hotel for the evening. Overall, it was a lovely girly day with my best friend and I wish I could just go back to that day and do it all over again. One day when I go back to France, I'd really love to visit Versailles at night to see the fireworks! I miss Paris and I miss summer so damn much. This rainy winter weather is bringing me down!