Au revoir Paris – Bon Jour country France

Au revoir Paris – Bon Jour country France

It is Monday in France, and we say farewell to our little rooftop Airbnb apartment.

Now here is a tip a friend just told me when searching on Airbnb.

If you specify a low priced search (e.g.: maximum $100 a night over a maximum $200 a night, for example, there are actually MORE properties.

The lower priced ones get filtered out if you put in a higher amount. Sneaky AirBnB !!!)

We leave the center of Paris and but not until after needing to get fuel.

This two-block journey takes 30 minutes, and when we get there we must prepay on the credit card.

That is fine, except we share with Explorafriend so run a kitty.

So in these circumstances, the idea of a kitty goes out the window, so to speak.

We are 45 minutes from Versailles.  Lovely!  We park (for free in the main street) and walk up.

Oh no! There is a movie being made and we are told Versailles is closed as Mondays are “cleaning day”!


Exploramum and Explorason – Versailles gates # 1

So we stand at the massive gold gates and decide we shall just look around the gardens.


Exploramum and Explorason – Versailles gates # 2

We are glad we did, and we are not alone. There were other tourists all in the gardens below.


Exploramum and Explorason – Versailles gardens – side area

We get to peek through the windows as a pianist tinkles on the exotically decorated piano.


Exploramum and Explorason – Versailles interior #1

Most of the ground floor windows slowly open, and we get a rather good look – for free.


Exploramum and Explorason – Versailles interior #2

We are both pretty pleased about this.


Exploramum and Explorason – Versailles rear yard

There are no dancing fountains, and there seem to be a lot of work crews about.


Exploramum and Explorason – Versailles fountains



We get a feel for the place. I remember coming here on a Contiki tour when I was 21 years old.


Exploramum and Explorason – Versailles light show area

Outside Explorason gets to meet the local firemen – there seem to be a few – and we wonder why they are having a meeting at Versailles?


Exploramum and Explorason – Versailles firemen

I like to drive on the back roads. I hate the motorways, and I think they are a waste of tolls and are boring, with nothing to see.

So our little back road stops us at the windmill.  We go to the restaurant to order coffee, but they tell us it is lunchtime and we can’t sit there.  So we move on and explore the little village opposite.


Exploramum and Explorason – France windmill

And we are glad we did! We stop for a coffee, and the guy is lovely who helps us. The prices are also half of the restaurant by the windmill.


Exploramum and Explorason – French country town bar / café

We then enter our destination in the GPS – avoiding tolls, but it seems the GPS isn’t so wise, and before we can turn around we are on a toll road.

So we stop at an Aire for a toilet break and are impressed at the ingenuity of the barista here. A large cappuccino is six Euro or about ten dollars – not bad for her.

I decline and decide it is time to dig out the thermos flask for Continental Europe road trips.


Exploramum and Explorason – Aire coffee

We exit off the toll road, and the roads wind and twist and we wonder where we are.


Exploramum and Explorason – Busseau church grounds

We find ourselves in a little town called Busseau, and here there is an old church, the walls are covered in intricate wood carvings so we sot and have a look.


Exploramum and Explorason – Busseau church grounds #2

It is free for children again to enter, and only a small price for adults. Inside is very ornate.


Exploramum and Explorason – Busseau church grounds going towards the Roman Bridge

We find a little and very cute cave-like shop on the corner, and we buy an egg-light. It glows all varying colors, and it is quite lovely for a night light.


Exploramum and Explorason – Busseau Roman Bridge

The Roman Bridge is pretty stunning at the start of the town. We might have to come back and explore some more.

We head off and arrive at our house-sit within five minutes of our “ETA” (Estimated Time of Arrival).  Not bad!


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