Today, we spent a lovely day at the Palace of Versaiiles, just outside of Paris. Despite the chill outside, unlike the Loire chateaux, the Palace was toasty warm. Opulent and large, with gilding, paintings, mirrors and gardens, Versailles could not fail to impress.
We treated ourselves to a nice lunch inside the Palace and then later ate a steaming jacket potato as well, to warm us up as we strolled the vast gardens. Being winter, none of the fountains were in use. No-one dared brave canoeing on the lake, either and cyclists were few and far between. Yet, tourists still poured through the gates and marvelled at the wealth that built this palace, before the French Revolution saw it commence its demise.