If you could have one night abroad, where would you go, what would you do, and what would you wear?
My bucket list is far too extensive to pick from right now, so I’m going to choose somewhere I’ve already been–France. Well, more specifically, Versailles. I know, I know, you were all thinking Paris, right? Yeah, well I’ve been there too, but that’s a post for another day.
Versailles is a relatively small town, and not a top vacation pick for a lot of people. But I’m a relatively simple gal with somewhat expensive tastes and a penchant for history, so of course I would want to spend my day in one of the most beautiful homes on the planet and the birth place of the French revolution.
Welcome to Le Château de Versailles.
Being a simple gal, the only way I’d show up to Versailles is in a classic peacoat, crimson burgundy skinny jeans, black slouchy microsuede boots, a knit scarf and beanie. #globalstreetfashion
A girl’s gotta be comfy, right? And let’s not forget warm!
This estate was larger than I originally imagined. There is, of course, the main palace, which houses the famous Hall of Mirrors (see pic below), but there are also the king’s and queen’s quarters, otherwise known as the Grand Trianon and the Petite Trianon. But, to me, the best part of it all was the little village on the estate called the Queen’s Hamlet, or the Hameau de la Reine.
The Hamlet is a fully functioning farm that was commissioned for Marie-Antoinette. The farm is at the very end of the estate so if you manage to make it that far, you’re going to be hungry. And if you don’t take note of all the turns you made, you just might get lost in the vast gardens. Not to worry, there are several vendors scattered around the grounds with fun eateries and, of course, directions. But if you do get lost, you may want to make sure you have an arsenal of language tools in your toolbox before you need directions. A little cultural politeness can go a long way.
For every country I visit, there are essential phrases I make sure to master before I venture out:
- A polite way to interrupt someone’s day for help. E.g., Excusez-moi de vous déranger… [Sorry to bother you…]
- Asking for help. E.g., Pouvez-vous m’aider ? [Can you help me?]
- Finding out prices. E.g., Combien? [How much?]
- A way to verify an acceptable method of payment. E.g., Est-ce que vous acceptez les cartes étrangères? [Do you accept foreign credit cards]
- A cop out. E.g., Excusez-moi, je suis désolé, mais parlez-vous anglais? [Excuse me, I’m sorry, but do you speak English?]
But when all fails, and you just get tongue-tied, I’ve found that sign language (a.k.a. a whole lot of gesturing) is the universal language of understanding (yup, there’s a story behind that one–stay tuned).
So how do you strut your global style? And if you have no travel plans, what’s your Winter-style go-to?
Until next time … au revoir!