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Blue Devils Explore France on Final Day in Paris
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 08/17/2012
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PARIS, France – The Blue Devils had a long day on Thursday which started with a guided tour of Chateau de Versailles from 10-1 p.m.  The palace was just amazing to see, which started as a hunting lodge for Louis XIV.  Today, Chateau de Versailles is a small city and one of France’s most popular tourist destinations.  The palace has 2,300 rooms and the Blue Devils were able to see a lot of them, including the famous Hall of Mirrors, on their tour. 

Following the tour, the team grabbed some lunch before heading back to the hotel for about an hour before heading off to compete in an Amazing Race competition.  The team was split up into four groups and was assigned different tasks.  More information on the Amazing Race to follow so stay tuned.

After the Amazing Race exercise, the team found a good spot for dinner before heading on a boat cruise down the Seine River.  The group sat on the top floor of the boat and was able to see many famous landmarks down the Seine River, including Notre Dame. 

As the cruise was taking place, the sun was setting and by the time it was over Paris was lit up with lights.  The cruise concluded with a great shot of the Eiffel Tower and the once-an-hour light show. 

The Blue Devils walked to the Eiffel Tower after the cruise and were able to satisfy their sweet tooth with the French specialty, crepes. 

Following the visit at the Eiffel Tower, the group headed back to hotel to get a good night’s rest before heading to Normandy and Deauville on Friday.  Duke will also play its second game on Friday evening at 8:00 p.m., against Mondeville.