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Paris and Versailles as a Day Trip

One day between trains


View 1964 Ship Follower on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

===August 8, 1964 - Saturday===

Dear Mother,

Well I am in Paris. I had a nice night on the train with a whole compartment first class couchette to myself. It is chilly in Paris this morning. This evening I take the train to Nuremburg so I suppose I'll mail this at my sisters.

I am about to take the Cityrama Paris tour,
Brochure for tour

Brochure for tour


Bridge and Notre Dame

Bridge and Notre Dame


Gardens from the bus

Gardens from the bus


Louvre from the City tour bus

Louvre from the City tour bus

from the bus 1964

from the bus 1964


Place de la Concorde

Place de la Concorde

Gardens from bus window

Gardens from bus window

Bridge

Bridge

Bridge

Bridge

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower from the bus

Eiffel Tower from the bus

Champs Elysee

Champs Elysee

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

Garden and building

Garden and building

Statue

Statue


Louvre

Louvre


2264-00480017.JPGRhino statue

Rhino statue


Arc de Triumph de Carousel

Arc de Triumph de Carousel

L'église de la Madeleine

L'église de la Madeleine

Latin Quarter

Latin Quarter

Windmill

Windmill

Cafes near Sacre Coeur

Cafes near Sacre Coeur

Horseman on Sacre Cour

Horseman on Sacre Cour

Tower

Tower


Sacre Coeur

Sacre Coeur


Sacre Coeur from steps

Sacre Coeur from steps

Paris from Sacre Coeur

Paris from Sacre Coeur


City from steps

City from steps


Panorama of Paris (point of interest chart)

Panorama of Paris (point of interest chart)


Colonne Vendôme

Colonne Vendôme


park

park

and maybe this afternoon I'll go to Versailles. I have also an invitation to eat for 6 F at a department store and also free tea, so if I can shop there I will and buy something and have it shipped.

I have just discovered that the customs rule reads that one person is not supposed to receive more than one package a day and how you know that I don't know. Especially if you have someone else do the mailing.

This a.m., I mailed two packages from Galleries Lafayette. A dress for the baby and the other one with gloves for us all. I bought a dress for D. in Marseille, which Bob has and also some soap. Some in shapes as mice and ducks, and some perfumed. I also got myself another washcloth.

I am now on the Versaille tour.
Postcard

Postcard


Card to my Daughter:

Dear Daughter

Look in the back on the right and you will see Mummy. This is the group picture they took of our guided tour in Versailles. When this was taken I was changing film. The lady on the left with the raincoat and rolled up newspaper was the guide. Tonight I go to see your Aunt and Uncle and cousin again.

Love Mummy
I WAS HERE (portion of the photo of the tour group

I WAS HERE (portion of the photo of the tour group

I wrote to my mom later: My seatmate was high as a kite before the tour even started. It started to rain lightly and was slippery as we went out to Versaille. My seatmate and I were directly behind the driver on the bus, so we could see both to the front and to the side, unlike the people in the back who were kind of entombed in their seats.
Building from bus window

Building from bus window

Group entering Versailles

Group entering Versailles


Cobblestones - court to servants quarters

Cobblestones - court to servants quarters

Wet sideyard

Wet sideyard


Wet courtyard

Wet courtyard


The driver applied the brakes, and the bus skidded on the cobblestones. It turned 180 degrees and hit the curb on the other side of a four to six lane road. Fortunately the streets were deserted because of everyone being at lunch and because of it being rainy.

I could see what was happening (as could my seatmate, and I was really afraid that she would throw up). The other people felt the spin, but couldn't really see what was happening.

We went on an did the tour (although my seatmate sat in the cafe and did some more drinking instead of the tour),

Chapel

Chapel

Ceiling painting - painter later committed suicide

Ceiling painting - painter later committed suicide

Gardens out the window

Gardens out the window


Fuzzy wall paper

Fuzzy wall paper

Inlaid clock

Inlaid clock


Gardens from window

Gardens from window

Gardens from window

Gardens from window


View from the window

View from the window


Selfie in hall of mirrors

Selfie in hall of mirrors


Garden out the window

Garden out the window


Tapestry- silver furniture

Tapestry- silver furniture


Gardens

Gardens


Statues

Statues

Statue

Statue

Trefoil gate-may be from 1950

Trefoil gate-may be from 1950

Looking back toward the palace

Looking back toward the palace

Tourists at Versailles

Tourists at Versailles

Canal

Canal

Fountain

Fountain


Garden

Garden


00480021.JPGGardens

Gardens

and I've got a postcard taken of the group in which I am a tiny face in the back.

Postcard of Versailles mailed in Nuremburg August 9th

Postcard of Versailles mailed in Nuremburg August 9th

Dear Daughter

Today I saw your uncle at the train station, and he was a sight for sore eyes. I leave for Naples on Wednesday.

Next: visiting my sister in Nuremburg

Posted by greatgrandmaR 10:34 Archived in France

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