Today, we headed back to London. Our train left at 8:31, so we were going to leave the hotel at 7. But wait! We discovered that on the weekends, breakfast isn’t served at the hotel until 7:30, so we decided to leave at 6:45 instead, to find food on the way at Gare du Nord station. After what seemed like forever, we walked into the train station at 7:30. I pull out my paper to see if it has a platform number, and it didn’t, but what I did see was a train that left at 8:13, not 8:31. Not quite panicking yet, we picked up the pace skipping breakfast and heading to the checkin line. We got a stamp on our form that said “Boarding not guaranteed” because it was less than 30 minutes until take off. Starting to panic, we rush to the border control. The line is taking forever and soon we only have ten minutes left. Everyone is taking at least five minutes and we’re two people away. The guy calls us forward and two minutes later, we’re running to the train. We made it, but literally as soon as I sat down, the doors slid closed.
We started today with breakfast at the hotel. I had ham and yoghurt. We also met a French family near the elevator. The guys sons took the stairs, but the father stayed at the elevator. He asked where we were from and when we said Texas, he got excited and told us how he lived in San Antonio for five years. He said he was taking his kids to visit later this summer. When we got downstairs, he called his sons and said “Boys, these people are from Texas!” It was a nice start to the morning.
A spur of the moment decision was made the night prior to this day once we realized we were an hour ahead of schedule. We decided to cram as much as possible into Paris Day 1 as we could without feeling rushed. By doing so, we were able to visit the location I wanted to see the most: Versailles. It was about a half hour train ride and it was a full train. Everyone was visiting that day. We arrived around 11 and entered the castle a little after noon. We only bought a ticket for the palace, so I’ll go back someday and visit the gardens, but for yesterday, the palace was enough.
After they fed us, I fell asleep for at least an hour. It was really nice.