Palace of Versailles

Driving up to the Palace of Versailles had us all wondering with excitement.  Would it at all be like Hearst Castle which we had visited earlier in the summer?  Well, not at all, the Palace of Versailles makes Hearst Castle look like a guest house, albeit an amazing guest house!  The grounds where the Palace of Versailles sits are enormous.  The formal French gardens were originally designed by Andre Le Notre and took forty years to complete.

Hard to imagine what life must have been like for the royal families who lived in the Palace before the French Revolution, but what a spectacle it must have been.  Complete opulence. 

Every turn of the corner brought another incredible priceless wonder.

What a treat to see this treasure of France!

Au revoir!

And the California road trip begins…

First stop Solvang. Located in the beautiful San Ynez Valley, Solvang is a quaint (yet touristy) Danish-like village complete with aebleskivers!

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Just outside of Solvang is a miniature horse ranch named Quicksilver where American miniatures roam freely in picturesque pastures.

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Back on the road to feed the ostriches in Buellton, right off the 101.

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Next day we head to Cambria with a walk along Moonstone Beach.

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Incredible Elephant Seals.

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And of course no trip to the central coast of California is complete with out a stop to the fascinating Hearst Castle.

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Finally, we found a last minute fireworks show in Paso Robles!

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Next stop, Sacramento!