|Subject: Re: Giverny vs Versailles|
I just returned last night from 10 days in Paris. I took a bike tour out of Paris to Giverny and thoroughly enjoyed my 7 hour tour. We rode the train to Vernon to pick up the bikes and purchased picnic items at the market. After picnicing along the river 13 of us rode the short easy ride to Giverny along a mostly flat bicycle path. The ride was through a very quiet area with only the sounds of birds singing. After the noise of Paris, the silence was a treat. The gardens and house were extremely busy with tourists but everything moved along quite well and we had two hours to enjoy. On our arrival back in Vernon we stored the bikes again and caught the train back to Paris. Biking was a good choice for me as I enjoyed the ride and the group as much as the destination.
I enjoyed the first bike tour so much I also took the one to Versailles. We pedalled the bikes from Fat's shop in Paris to the RER and loaded them on the train. Biking in Paris is not for the faint of heart but it took only about 10 minutes. We again spent about 45 minutes in Versailles purchasing picnic supplies and stopped along the way to visit the Hameau before having our lunch with a perfect view of the palace in the distance. Our small group of 8 only spent about an hour going through the palace but it was very crowded so that was enough for me. This was a purely magical day for me and I felt very happy about my choice to visit these sites by bike tour, especially as I was travelling solo.
Just another option!
Marlene Johnson Vancouver BC