The anticipation of our visit to the Chateau de Versailles was big! We got up early, had breakfast, showered and left our studio to catch the RER C train from Saint Michel to Versailles at 10:12.
We rushed, as we were a little late. But as we got there, the station was closed ‘due to renovation’. No big deal we thought. We would take the next train at the next stop.
Little did we know this was the start of an odyssey through Paris.
So, we walked 20 minutes to the next station musée d’Orsay.
However, that one was closed as well. We found out it wasn’t due to renovation but because of the high water level of the river Seine. All stations were closed up to Javel, which would have been a 90 minutes’ walk from where we were. We looked for underground connections to get there.
The next underground station that had a metro connection to Javel was another 15 minutes’ walk. We got here only to find out there isn’t a ticket machine at the stop. As none of us had tickets, we had to look for another station. We walked another half an hour to the Concorde stop, where there wasn’t a machine either.
By that time, we were a little frustrated, so we gave up on our idea of visiting Versailles and went to a nearby Starbucks to calm down. We there planned the rest of our day.
We headed back to our studio, passing the Louvre and the Notre Dame, where we had lunch. The afternoon was very nice whatsoever. We went to the Panthéon again and from there walked down to the Jardines de Luxembourg, which we enjoyed very much. We toured through several shopping streets and bought supplies for our last dinner in Paris.
Also on our afternoon walk, we checked if our nearby metro station has ticket machines since we have to get to the Gare du Nord tomorrow. Luckily, it does. Back in our studio we cooked our dinner and started packing our backpacks again.
So tomorrow at 13:04, the Eurostar will take us from Paris to London.
We will leave Paris with mixed feelings. Even though sights like the Notre Dame, the Louvre or the Eiffel Tower are impressive, the traffic density is really unpleasant. It’s not easy to walk from sight to sight without having to stop every 20 meters and have hundreds of cars passing by. Also coming here in off-holiday-season is definitely recommended, since even now, there are a lot of tourists.
But all in all, we had a great time and Paris was an ideal start of our Interrail trip!