I took a morning excursion to Versailles. One of the most amazing places that I have ever been. I think the palace has over 2000 rooms, but the tour consisted of about 20. But the real attraction was the gardens. Make sure you check out the pictures.
When I got back in the afternoon, I made plans to meet up with Amy; she was the student from Stanford that I met the night before. She had suggested that we go to this Mosque in town that is famous for its Mint tea and baklava. It sounded like a cool place so I met her at the Paris Mosque. As well as operating as a spiritual center it’s now become well known for its restaurant and its tea room. So we sat on a little patio crowded with people who were not Muslim sipping tea and eating pastries. Amy gave me some of the history of the place. It is the oldest mosque in Paris built in the 1920’s. It was built in tribute to the North African Arabs who had given military assistance during the First World War. You buy your pastry at a counter and a guy walks around carrying a tray with glasses of hot mint tea and you flag him down and pay 2 euros for each glass of tea. The tea was really good – I had 4. But they were out of baklava when we got there so I had a really good pecan thing. The place was swarming with birds; I’m going to guess finches. They were waiting for crumbs. Actually, most didn’t wait they just flew onto your table and went after your food; you had to shoo them away. I am not crazy about or good with birds. The people at the tables around me thought it was funny that I was so flustered by the birds, they helped shoo them away for me. I did ok with the finches, but later pigeons started joining in and I was finished. As we were leaving we saw that they replenished the baklava so I took a couple of pieces with me. I had to head back early because I had to meet my transportation to Champagne at 7 a.m. the next morning.