Mike and I took a two-week road trip through Italy, Monaco, France, Spain,
England, and Belgium this past September.
You can read our other road trip posts about this trip here.
Or, see all our travel posts here.
This was our fourth visit to Versailles, my absolute favourite place to spend a sunny afternoon near Paris. During this visit we skipped the Palace (been there, done that) and indulged in another truly touristy activity - rowing on the the Grand Canal.
Row boats are available to rent at Versailles for up to 60 minutes for €15. The Grand Canal is deceptively large - its perimeter is 5.6 km/3.4 mi - so you can't do it in less than that. But we weren't rowing for the exercise, exactly. We were rowing to have a picnic.
It sounds romantic, and it would have been, had we not been attacked by rather aggressive, growling swans for our crackers and forced to turn back to shore.
|looks are deceiving. their growls are scarier than our dogs'.|
|see the couple in the background? i was taking photos of the swans with a huge zoom lens.|
they noticed and turned around and grinned for a photo! hah!
Swans really are the meanest. (And they aren't afraid of oars at all.)