Versailles Day Trip, then last half day in Paris
Versailles (let’s picnic in the gardens!), famous food shrines of Paris, then enjoy a nighttime jazz swing dance club after dinner.
Pack breakfast (that you've bought the day before from the food emporiums or bakeries) to eat on train, and pack picnic lunch (store the food in security check at château)
Take metro to any RER-C Train station to Palace of Versailles (the ride is about ~1hr; try to arrive early, say about 08:35 before 09:00 open; music in the gardens “Les Jardins Musicaux” on Tuesdays but need extra ticket 8.50 EUR pp, 7.50 EUR <18 yrs); rent a small golf cart (34 EUR / hour, 8.50 EUR / 15 minutes after that, 4 people per cart); you will easily spend a half day here, walking through the palace and gardens.
Take the reverse train back to Paris, and enjoy your last day here with some food and souvenir shopping at famous Le Bon Marche and Le Grand Epicerie de Paris, you are also close enough to drop by Hugo & Victor to buy beautiful pastries.
Tips and Suggested food souvenirs by brand:
- jams by Christine Ferber
- mustards by Edmond Fallot
- strong mustard Amora
- mustard-based spread “Savora”
- fleur de sel (esp by Guerande)
- lentils from Puy
- Jean-Yves Bordier butter, which is a great salted butter in blue and white wrapper and “aux cristaux de sel de mer”, or “with sea salt crystals"
For dinner, if you are in a steak mood: The Butchers of Paname; otherwise enjoy a French bistro dinner at Au Bougnat, known for duck and steak, close to Notre Dame on the Ile de la Cite
[21:00-02:30] Le Caveau de la Huchette, to end your trip with Jazz and swing dancing in a small club; 13 EUR, 10 EUR for <25 yrs with id, buy tickets at the door and dance your evening away - spot the poster for La La Land who briefly referenced this spot in the movie!
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