{Paris Part 6: Over the top opulence at Versailles, freshly made crepes and street roasted chestnuts..these are a few of my favourite things}

One metro train transfer and a ride on the RER into the western suburbs of Paris and we arrived at the famous Château de Versailles. The centre of political power in France from 1682, when Louis XIV moved from Paris, until the royal family was forced to return to the capital in October 1789 after the beginning of the French Revolution.

We arrived at around 10am to try to avoid the major crowds, unfortunately it still ended up being SUPER packed..especially Japanese tourists..probably because of the feature artist..

The Chateau is currently exhibiting the unique creations of japanese pop artist Takashi Murakami (the artist who is responsible for the multicoloured Louis Vuitton patterned bags and accessories). Murakami follows in the footsteps of Jeff Koons and Xavier Veilhan, both of whom have been featured in the palace.

Quite the contrast to the classical works of art…

Surreal, colourful and playful large-scale sculptures are sprinkled about the different rooms..this one shows off his signature happy flower faces..

even the crown moulding is intricate down to the last square inch..

This was one of my favourite rooms, look at all the detail in the walls and ceiling!

I don’t think they could fit anymore gold into the ceilings and walls if they tried..

Here is a view of the beautifully kept gardens..it’s like a scene from Alice in Wonderland..

the palace gardens seemed to extend on forever..

One of many fountains at Versailles, this one features the famous Apollo in his chariot coming out of the water..

After a few hours of weaving through the thick crowds we were famished, so we sat down at a tiny cafe nestled inside one of the Versailles gardens for a ham and cheese crepe..

..warm gooey cheese and salted slices of pork between whisper thin layers of crepe…oh how I love crepes..I could have them everyday..

After a couple bites, we had guests arrive from the bushes..

…this little guy was super friendly…how could I resist not sharing a few small bits of ham with that cute face of his..

Murakami’s manga style artworks were even bigger outside..

On our walk back to the metro, the boy picked up this delicious mango smoothie, this was one of the best bottled smoothies I’ve tried, sooo good, just like biting into a fresh mango with a touch of passionfruit.

…as well as this tasty salami and cheese sandwich with fresh tomatoes and lettuce..

When we got back into the city, I was craving a coffee pick-me-up, so we made a quick stop of Paul‘s for a freshly made cafe creme

..you can’t have a hot beverage without a nice sweet to accompany it, after drooling over all the delicious sweets, I went with the simple canele. A small pastry with a soft and tender custard center and a dark, thick caramelized crust. Apparently a specialty of the Bordeaux region of France..

I was in love with the tile work of this building..so intricate!

We passed by many fresh market stalls and these beauties caught my eye..

Miniature wild strawberries.. the SWEETEST berries ever! So juicy and fresh, it was like a regular strawberry x 10 in flavour, all packed into these tiny little marble-sized rounds!

We spent the rest of the day exploring the various famous bridges of Paris, like the Pont Neuf, the oldest bridge in Paris (which is funny, because the name implies “new bridge”)

There were a couple of these bridges that were covered in locks of various sizes and shapes. We were told on our bike tour that couples come here and engrave their names onto a lock and close it together and throw the keys away into the Seine river as a sign of the love…how romantic..the tour guide joked that you can put on a combination lock if you’re unsure about the relationship haha..

The locks ranged from tiny miniature luggage locks to GIANT padlocks! The ones that are locked onto each other are couples that return to Paris..

We loved this lock.. HISSSSS…

One of the best things about fall in Paris besides the beautiful changing colours of the trees.. the wonderful smell of roasted chestnuts from the various street vendors along the bridges…it instantly reminds me of the holidays back home..

A giant newspaper cup for 3 euros… tender perfectly cooked nutty nuggets with a hint of sweetness..shared with the boy while people watching along the Seine river.. could there be anything better…

I’m a fan of the Bourne series, recognize this building? Bourne watches from the roof of this store to see if Conklin comes to meet him alone on the Pont Neuf bridge..ah.. I’m such a nerd..

Other highlights…we found a CANADIAN PUB in Paris!! Good ol Kilkenny for me 🙂

…they even had the Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla atop their bar shelf!

After our beers we headed back onto the metro to call it a day.. but not before the boy stopped by my favourite crepe place so far in Paris.. the one at the Odeon metro station..he went with the classic nutella..creamy hazelnut and chocolate.. we both greedily gobbled this up before hopping onto the train back home.

Can I take this booth home with me..

Tune in to my next post when I go to my full day cooking class, creating recipes inspired by what is fresh and seasonal from the market!

4 Responses to “{Paris Part 6: Over the top opulence at Versailles, freshly made crepes and street roasted chestnuts..these are a few of my favourite things}”
  1. foodtable says:

    this post is great too! love all the wonderful pictures. thanks for sharing! i can’t wait to go to paris hopefully next…

  2. Tatiana says:

    Why don’t we have crepes here? Actually other than hot dogs, Calgary’s street food scene is pitiful. I understand in deep winter, but summer? Street food anywhere in the world is better. And strawberries too – I planted some alpine strawberries last year, the flavor is nothing like a supermarket.

    • eatrundesign says:

      Haha yes, I actually bought a french blue steel crepe pan from William Sonoma shortly after I came back from Paris cause I knew I would miss them so much.

      Mmm.. yes, strawberries from the garden are the best! I definitely find the tiny wild ones are much more flavourful than the larger ones you get at the store.

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