After viewing Versailles, we made the long trek past the Grand Canal, Orangerie, gardens, parterres and basins to the Trianons. See that long canal in the distance? We had to walk a little over half way up it and take a long walk to the right. There are several restaurants along the way, so no need to pack a lunch.
First we went to Marie-Antoinette's escape, The Petit Tranon.
And climbed the stairs to Marie-Antoinette's sleeping chambers.
Originally built by Madame de Pompadour, who did not live to see its completion, Marie-Antoinette used this manse as an escape from court. It is surrounded by sheep farms where she would delight in dressing as a shepardess and roam the countryside.
Here's a room I bet Marie didn't know existed:
The kitchen. Surprise Marie-Antoinette!
But I bet she frittered away many a delightful afternoon is this one:
Her ginormous portrait says it all.
As well as here in the gardens.
My favorite folly of the Trianons is the Hamlet, just past the Temple of Love.
If you could plop Schyterbolle anywhere, it would slip in seamessly here.
Twelve houses (six remain) surround an artificially made fishing weir filled with descendants of the queen's original carp.
The Queen's house was the largest and attatched to the King's billard room. From her chambers she could watch the men working in the fields.
They made cheese in this building with the turret.
Oh! It is charming. I want to live there. But the afternoon was dwindling, so off we went, back throught the gardens, past the Petit Trianon, to the Grand Trianon.
Louis XIV's escape from court life. It's a little more grand than the Queen's.
If my house were open fromthe third floor to the basement, you might be able to hang that chandelier. But you couldn't walk uder it. So I suppose I'll have to pass on it. Quelle dommage.
Proof of our existance in the Mirror Room at the Grand Trianon:
This chamber belonged, in later years, to the Empress Marie-Louise. All of it is decorated as Louis XIV left it, but the furniture has changed over the years. The original furnishings were sold during the revolution. The bed here, was Napoleon's, brought here from the Tuileries Palace.
Every room has a view of the formal gardens. It was said of the King that he enjoyed "bullying" nature. Heee.
The Grand Peristyle And its view of the gardens...
Years ago, I had a black and white checkerboard floor in my kitchen. This makes me want to put it back.
Everything is just soooo, I don't know. Understated. Yes, that's what I'm searching for...
Even the floors.
The Gaming Room. As you do.
This is the bedchamber of the Oueen of the Belgians. Louis-Phillipe tranformed it for his daughter and son-in-law. The bed was Empress Josephine's from the Tuileries.
Louis-Phillipe's family room. So cozy and informal, no?
The Malachite Room. Named after the the stone gifts from Tsar Alexander I to Napoleon.
I've never seen so many little movable seats in all my life. They must have had an overflow of guests at all times.
The Cotelle Gallery. Yeah, I'm guessing intimate dinner parties went on at the Petit Trianon.
These large marble troughs were for cooling the wine. It was in the Cotelle Gallery that the First World War was ended when a peace treaty with Hungary was signed.
The chapel wing built by Louis-Phillipe for the wedding of his daughter in 1837.
It was getting late in the day and we had a long train ride back to the Etoile, so we stepped out into the rain and trekked back for Versailles.
Out to the busy streets and onto the Metro.
Bon nuit, Versailles! Bon nuit, les Trianons! Je t'aime beaucoup mon Hamlet!
What will tomorrow bring?