travel theme: broken

my entry to ailsa’s travel theme: broken

the unrestored winding wood staircase of the main house in the queen’s hamlet, a rustic retreat built for marie antoinette in the park of the chateau de versailles.

unrestored winding staircase

unrestored winding staircase

here’s full view of the house; the winding staircase in far left

main house

main house

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10 Responses to travel theme: broken

  1. This house must have been really gorgeous in its heyday. Good one for the theme, Lola. 🙂

  2. bebs1 says:

    I wonder why they didn’t fix it. It is a beautiful house! But of course.

    • lolaWi says:

      Have the same question. Everything was fixed except the staircase. The queen entertained her closest friends in that house so it must be really beautiful back then.

  3. Mabel Kwong says:

    Great shot, Lola. That winding staircase still stands after all these years. Doesn’t look like anyone lives inside that house anymore. Looks spooky 🙂

    • lolaWi says:

      thank you, Mabel. the houses/cottages have long been closed; one can only peek through by the gates. these were built in 1783 and now being restored in early 2014. history tells us that this was such a joyful place for the queen, her children, close friends and selected helps. so being there, up close and personal, only evoked positive and happy thoughts.

  4. rommel says:

    Fascinating. I’ve been seeing posts about marie antoninette. Never really knew how familiar marie antoninette is. It looks like someone had an accident on that frail stair. 😀

    • lolaWi says:

      it truly is fascinating. marie antoinette and the colorful albeit tragic history surrounding her and france add to the hamlet’s present charm. 🙂

  5. Anonymous says:

    Must be a grand beautiful house in its heyday, wonder if Marie Antoinette still walk the unfinished stairwell, kinda spooky thought….Lovely, awesome pics.

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