Before I completely leave Paris, I should mention the gardens at Versailles--don't know how I could have missed that!--the palace was okay, but the gardens were definitely the best part. To be perfectly honest I much prefer English gardens--not nearly so stiff--but for the French these certainly were beautiful. The gardens themselves are expansive, covering a good 800 hectares of land (which is a lot by the way). According to Wikipedia, here are the stats:
|Number of trees:||200,000|
|Flowers planted annually:||210,000|
|Number of fountains:||50|
|Number of jets of water:||620|
|Surface area of the Grand Canal:||23 ha.|
|Perimeter of the Grand Canal:||5.57 km|
|Amount of piping to feed the fountains:||35 km.|
|Amount of water consumed by the fountains|
during the ‘‘Grandes Eaux’’:
Bassin de Latone
Abduction of Persephone: Francois Girardon
Okay, see what I'm talking about when I say stiff and manicured? There's a blasted stencil for the bush for crying out loud!
It is beautiful though.
Heading back to the bus after a sprint through the gardens of Versailles--quite the workout, notice the hair now up and the happy exhaustion in our faces. ;)