I went out to find croissants for breakfast and found the crew up and ready for their trip to the Chateau Versailles; a half hour ride by train outside of the city. The segway trip last night was successful. Others had gone to the local park to listen to the music until they closed the park. Can’t believe the energy they all have!
At 9:30 am we met Mary and Tushar in the lobby and headed for the train station for our trip to the village of Maisons-Laffitte just outside of Paris to meet our Parisian friend’s Nicolas and Maeliss. A short twenty minute ride with only one transfer and we were transported to a delightful village; small enough that we walked everywhere.
They met us at the train station with their little girl, Nine…fifteen month’s old…in the stroller. Off to the twice a week market for shopping, then a quick look at their new home that will close escrow in a few months that is just across the street from the market. Soon we were on our way to their third floor flat for lunch so that Nine could take her nap while we enjoyed a delicious lunch prepared by Maeliss.
The time flew as we shared stories and information about many thing but mostly babies as Mary and Tushar are expecting their first and were excited to learn about the raising of Nine over the past year! We enjoyed a gourmet lunch from soup, green beans, new potatoes, pork roast, a selection of cheeses and salad followed by a delicious dessert!
Nine woke and we were soon off to the local Chateau that dates back to 1636. Designed by Francois Mansart it was a model of classical architecture. Over the years much of the land surrounding the Chateaux has been sold but there is still a sizable estate. The building is exemplary of classical French art, paving the way for Versailles with its symmetry, majesty and use of spaces. It’s not as grand as Versailles but beautiful and very interesting.