A Day in Versailles

Versailles Gardens:

Versailles Gardens

For our 2nd day in Paris, we decided to visit the Palace of Versailles.  It was truly an incredible place to visit, we were there all day!  Before heading on the subway to Versailles, we decided to get breakfast in Paris.  Our hotel’s breakfast was very expensive so we found a small cafe around the block.  There was one option for breakfast – eggs, baguettte, juice & coffee.  The waiter immediately put a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice on our table, it was about 4 oz (served in a small wine glass), I’m not a huge juice drinker as I would rather eat the fruit but there was no option for fresh fruit here and it was delicious!  I asked for my omelet plain and had 2 tiny pieces of baguette, maybe 1 ounce in total.

Breakfast in Paris

As for my coffee, I got the cafe au lait, and this time asked for low fat milk and I was surpirsed that they had 2%.

Cafe au lait

This was not my typical breakfast, since I would normally eat whole grains (not white), fresh fruit (instead of juice), and 1 egg plus whites cooked in cooking spray (the omelet was probably 2 eggs and cooked in some butter).    But since the portions were very small, I felt satisfied after the breakfast and it held me for about 5 hours.

We stopped midday to eat at the cafe in Versailles.  Most options were very heavy (think pasta, quiches, etc).  During this trip I tried to keep breakfast & lunch on the lighter side so that I wasn’t eating heavy foods all day long.   There was one entree size salad, they called it a chicken caesar salad, I asked for my dressing on the side (at this point I figured out how to ask for it in french!).   It was a simple romaine salad with grilled chicken, tomato, a hard boiled egg, anchovies, and croutons.  I used a little of the vinaigrette they gave me on the side.  It wasn’t a typical caesar salad: no cheese and no caesar dressing.

Lunch in Versailles

This is what was left at the end:

Lunch in Versailles

Clearly I don’t like anchovies (but they are healthy for you)!  I also left the egg yolk, my husband helped me with about half of the croutons.

We spent the rest of the day walking around the Palace and the gardens, some how we ended up walking 10 miles!  We were exhausted when we got back to the hotel.

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