A tale of two royal towns ,Versailles and Saint Germain

Saturday went for a ride into my town, Versailles, a bit. Then went over the neighboring favorite Saint-Germain-en-laye. Both royal towns of France and full of French history.

One ,Versailles very well known, the other a lot less, and it needs better recognition.  At 38 rue au Pain you will have the tourist office for Saint Germain and webpage here http://www.ot-saintgermainenlaye.fr/

This has the second best market in the area at the old vieux marché plaza by the post office , its packed. Place du Marché Neuf : Tuesdays and Fridays from 8h30 to 13h, and Sundays from 8h30 to 13h30. Then , you have the galerie Saint Germain with great shops and selection ,built in an old school of boys from 1907, now stores adorned it, open Mondays to Saturdays from 8h30 to 20h ,and Sundays from 8h30 to 14h ! the boutiques open Monday from 12h to 19h30 and from Tuesdays to Saturdays from  10h to 19h30 ,Sundays from  10h to 13h. restaurants are open from Tuesdays to Saturdays from  8h30- 19h30 ,Sundays from  8h30- 13h. You can walk in to the gallery by 13 rue de la Salle, rue des Coches,and  rue au Pain. A shopper paradise. The city center of SGL has over 700 shops so its one of the largest city centers for shoppers in the area.

Then, of course, the castle with its magnificent antiquities museum as it is known today ( Louis XIV was born here in the older castle ) already discussed in previous post on my blog, see webpage,http://www.musee-archeologienationale.fr/   and the easy RER A connection to Paris, makes a town to be visited. see webpage www.transilien.com

then you have my Versailles, many posts on it of course. The wonderful flower market or marché au fleurs by ave st Cloud just north of charles de Gaulle and ave de l’Europe ,open from  Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 8h to 19h and the Sundays mornings. The great transport by phebus ,and the TRI buses linking all train stations with the castle and the Trianons. working from April to October, webpage
http://www.phebus.tm.fr/?q=tourisme-tri Indeed one of the best bus public transport systems in France, YES. My kids enjoy it to go to school these last few years…

The best market in the area at the place du vieux marché Notre Dame, bustling as ever these days, and the place de la loi for my kids to change buses to school in Le Chesnay. its wonderful monument to the gendarmerie and the fallen in WWII. You can see the church of Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue built in 1910, right in between the memorial monument, the church being in Le Chesnay.
The coming and going of folks to the wonderful castle, now still in transition to move, will missed its silouette as I passed by it. The collegiale Notre Dame, with it s Place d Hoche, wonderful area.  The wonderful Hôpital Mignot, where my father soon will have its last care there on a check up end of June. The kids school across the street, and the wonderful parly II mall or shopping center, all A/C with all the leading stores from Paris at our fingertip. All will never be forgotten, it has been a wonderful experience,and I am already missing it just thinking I have a couple months before I leave permanently for Brittany and another adventure in my life.

Yes nostalgia is sitting in, you can tell, I wont cry, I know, but its strong indeed. See some photos,and enjoy them as I do ::) Cheers.

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