I have been three days stuck at home with a very bad cold :S But since today I have worked from home I thought I could also enjoy myself going virtually outside in the good weather sharing with you the last chapter of our Paris trip. I believe this post can be a good healing remedy, right?
After the refreshing boat ride in the Grand Canal, we were ready to visit Marie Antoinette’s Petit Trianon and farm lodgings.
The house was so very nice, I was able to see how she considered it a cozy retreat after seeing the size and magnificence of the palace. One fun fact (yeah! I am such a lady version of Ted Mosby) is that as soon as she moved in she ordered to destroy the king’s stairway; she decided that he won’t need it anymore and she could use that extra space in the rooms (quite a character!)
The Trianon is surrounded by the most delightful English gardens that lead you to Marie Antoinette’s farm lodgings called le hameau de la reine. I think it is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited and we were both smiling so hard and almost dancing instead of walking.
The cottages which resemble a rustic french-flemish village, were constructed as a refuge for her when she decided to live a more natural idyllic life. In Sofia Coppola’s film this village appears towards the end of the movie when she is with her daughter taking care of a veggies garden and farm animals.
Each building in the village had a purpose: a mill, a dairy, a barn, a lighthouse, a dovecote and a boudoir. In fact this last one was the biggest building because it also included the playroom. We learnt that Marie Antoinette was quite fed up with not being able to sleep in Le Trianon because her room was attached to the playroom (she loved to play) and her guests playing billiard until late with the balls smashing were too loud for her. In the village she decided to also have the playroom in the same building as her bedroom but constructed a bridge to have enough distance and thus avoid the noises. The result is a very charming building with two separate wooden spiral stairways on both sides.
The village is even more enchanting because there are farm animals such as rabbits or cows hanging around just like it was back in the late XVIII. Luckily there were some fences to protect the cute animals from a crazy lady trying to pet them, which I have not the remote idea who might be…;P
I think we couldn’t be happier than being in le hameau, but you know what? we will be when you follow us along the pictures. Grab a cupcake first!
** This post is part of our Paris series **
Can you tell that I was as happy as a clam after our boat ride. Excited to see the Trianon? I am!
The Trianon rising behind Le Belvédère and the gardens.
Look we are in Marie Antoinette’s chamber.
Marie Antoniette was very matchy matchy :) but can we blame her? Beautiful pattern! Do you think I will be able to engage Dani in this wagon?
At first we thought this was the kitchen, but we learnt that in fact it was a room to keep the plates warm after taking them from the kitchen and before they were requested in the dining room.
We were alone almost all the time, which increased our curiosity of what we will find at the end of the path.
A huge rock in a pond in the middle of the gardens.
Dani insisted me very firmly to take him this picture. I guess I was not the only one too excited with the colors :)
A little otter, adding more bucolic charm.
Dani can we move here? Yes, please!
The spiral stairway (what it remains of that) to the playroom in the bridged building.
The dairy building attached to the lighthouse to guide the boats in the pond :) the lighthouse doesn’t look as an essential piece but a fun one!
The crazy lady moving quickly towards the animals to pet :) Vineyards are very French, right? :)
Dani making fun of me stealing my hat, oh my! :)
You will find me wherever there are red flowers.
Going back to the entrance my excitement brought me to throwing leaves in the air.
Back in the fountain the nicest girl asked us to take a picture of her, so we ventured to ask another one of us in return. This was the first take :)
After a few more tries (that girl was persistent, we were lucky to find her!) we finally have a picture of us together to end this amazing getaway to Paris. I could not have wished for a better anniversary!