This being my last week in Paris, Patrick and I have been spending a lot of time hanging out with his extended family and friends he's made here, which amounts to many home-cooked meals in Parisian apartments with good wine and good company. I finally got to meet Patrick's aunt and uncle who live in an incredible apartment on the Ile de la Cité, which has been passed down to them from generation to generation. It is filled with old books (Patrick's uncle was a book publisher) and old paintings (the above portrait is of Patrick's great-great aunt, who lived in that very apartment). Here are the views from their living room:
Not too bad, right? Then yesterday we went to Versailles, which both of us had been to when we were kids, but wanted to see it together. The castle itself was so packed with tourists, that I sat down and protested the tour, but once we went out to the gardens I cheered up again.
We spent six hours walking the garden of Versailles, stopping often to lay down and read in the grass.
We finished the day at Marie Antoinette's Estate that is near the castle, but which she used as her little rural oasis. It is incredibly picturesque, filled with farm animals and vegetable gardens, and was my absolute favorite part of Versailles.