An extraordinary palace and grounds. We traveled there via a clean and modern bus; the countryside was beautiful.
The lawns and water features of this fabulous place are awe-inspiring. We rented a golf cart to see it all, saving our legs for the huge chateau itself. We bought a nice lunch at the cafe next to the coach house, which contained many restored carriages from centuries gone by. A wonderful day trip.
Everything was as planned, from the easy-to-follow instructions to locate the departure point (we did not choose hotel pickup) to the champagne at Moulin Rouge. Dinner at the Eiffel Tower was delicious, followed by a cruise of the Seine. I'd recommend dinner first, as the cruise departs at 9 p.m., the time when the amazing sparkling lights dance throughout the tower for five minutes, as they do again at 10 p.m. upon return to the base of the tower. Our guide/driver was very knowledgeable and accommodating.
Finally, the 11 p.m. (second) show at Moulin Rouge was extraordinary! Extravagant costumes, lighting and choreography, plus a magician and a man-woman balancing act of strength and beauty. There's not a bad seat in the intimate, 850-seat venue. The show lasts about 100 minutes without intermission -- not for youngsters, unless you don't mind the kids seeing dozens of beautiful, bare-breasted young women.
A memorable evening indeed.
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