The previous posts about our Humphries Holiday covered our Europe vacay up to our time in Paris and our experience with our rental car. So, we were planning to make our way to Lyon, but decided to take a detour to check out the Palace of Versailles and grab lunch. Then, we made a straight through drive to Lyon where our next AirBnB apartment was located.
Louis XIV outside the Palace of Versailles
The palace was gigantic! I don't think any of us knew what to expect and we were all in awe. It was beautiful with tons of rooms, vast landscapes, and a beautiful golden gate.
We decided to get the whole admissions package, which in hindsight was not necessary. We barely had enough time to get through the main palace before we needed to get back on the road! All four of us had completely underestimated the time we'd want to spend in Versailles.
The view from our apartment
Our AirBnB was incredibly adorable and relaxing. Had we had more time, we would have stayed longer. Unfortunately, we only had time to have dinner the night of arrival and enjoy breakfast the next morning before driving toward Apt, Provence. It was a quick turn around, but well worth the stop.
On our way to Apt, my sister and I were really looking forward to stopping in Chateauneuf du Pape. She had been there before and had told me dreamy stories about how delicious the wine was and about the beautiful scenery. Well, as you can imagine, I was only able to enjoy the landscape... but it didn't disappoint!
While my sister and mom did some wine tastings, dad and I went exploring. We walked through rows and rows of grape vines, where I saw the deepest purple-colored grapes I've ever seen in my life, and we also strolled through a cemetery. It might seem bit weird and it kind of is, but we could tell it was a really old one and we marveled at the years on the tombstones.
After leaving Chateauneuf du Pape, we stopped right outside of Gordes to take some photos. It's nearly 1,000 yrs old & has a reputation for being one of the most beautiful villages in France. Now, after some serious real estate spikes, it's a neighborhood for the rich and famous!
Gordes was our last stop before arriving in Apt and it was definitely one that left a great impression. It was so gorgeous!
Apt and the rest of our Provence adventure is up next and it's a must read!