We took a day trip to the palace of Versailles by train. The town of Versailles is a half hour southwest of Paris. Rick Steves' guidebook had the warning, "Assume pickpockets are working the tourist crowds." Of course we did not expect to have personal experience with this but we did. After we got off the train, we had to go through the turnstiles. I guess we thought we needed to put the ticket in to get through but we had some trouble. Soon a couple of people tried to help us. While they were distracting me, one of them had managed to unzip my bag that Jackson was holding. He felt some tugging and saw that the bag was unzipped but they did not have the chance to actually remove anything. At first we thought they got our camera but everything was still there. It was a shocking thing to have happened but it could have been worse. Needless to say, I was careful with the way I held my bag for the rest of the trip.
We had to stand in line for quite awhile before we got into the palace. There was a guy behind us who read a guidebook to his friend in Italian the whole time. It was a nice sunny day though. It is quite a beautiful palace and the gardens are just gorgeous. I have already posted quite a few pictures but here are some more.