versailles, a step back in time

pia and i arrived at the rive gauche-versailles station and walked to our hotel, the trianon palace. this luxurious treat was a gift from my son-in-law that spoiled us for a night. we stayed in and enjoyed the hotel, had dinner, hit the pool&spa and relaxed for a big day at the chateau de versailles.

this was our second visit to versailles. the first one, though separately, was confined to the palace and its gardens. it was wonderful to see it again and my favorites were the royal chapel, some royal chambers and of course the hall of mirrors, symbolic of power, wealth and dominance. we walked the gardens at leisure and lunched at la flottile. we explored le petit trianon, the residence of the iconic but ill-fated queen, marie-antoinette and visited the queen’s hamlet, a village she constructed.

the grounds of versailles

petit trianon is a small chateau on the grounds of versailles given by louis xvi for marie antoinette to live away from the court. detaching from royal traditions, she reinstated petit trianon as a guarded and preserved place, imposed her personal taste and lived as she wished. petit trianon was a sanctuary for the queen, a convenient escape from the rigors and boredom of royal etiquette.

as if petit trianon was not far enough from the palace’s gossips and ogles, marie-antoinette constructed an extension called the queen’s hamlet, a stark contrast to the grandeur and opulence of the palace. it is a rustic village that offered the charms of country life – houses and cottages, a pond, vegetables and flowering gardens, barn, and an orchard. she also had a farm and livestock directed by a farmer located outside but close to the village. the queen’s hamlet was a place she loved most where she enjoyed simple, rural life far cry from the formality and pomposity of versailles. there, the queen probably was happiest with her children surrounded by her most loyal attendants.

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22 Responses to versailles, a step back in time

  1. Sue Slaght says:

    What a wonderful gift from your son in law! Such a gorgeous setting. Your photos are beautiful Lola. 🙂

  2. Such a treat from your son-in-law! Versailles is a wonderful place. I would love to go back there again one day. 🙂

    • lolaWi says:

      my daughter and i really enjoyed versailles this time. the overnight stay made a huge difference. we had more time. and of course the hotel was a big bonus! we had such a grand time! 🙂

  3. Amy says:

    How sweet and thoughtful of your son-in-law! Thank you for sharing this grand trip and hotel with us! We visited Versailles a decade ago. 🙂

  4. rommel says:

    MAJESTIC! Truly majestic! I love the ceiling and the chandelier.

  5. Imelda says:

    How grand – both the place and the adventure. 🙂 But I say it is grander to have family members who are generous with their resources. Thanks for sharing your photos and experiences, LolaWI. I have only seen these places in books and pictures and it is nice to see them through your eyes. 🙂

  6. prior says:

    you took some excellent pics to share – and instead of just having it feel like a brochure – I love all your personal angles and tidbits – makes the post come alive with all the personal stuff = 🙂 so nice ❤

  7. lolaWi says:

    oh thank you, Yvette! always happy to see you here and i’m glad you like the pictures 🙂

  8. Truly a masterpiece of structural and architectural engineering. Versailles is beyond magnificent! That was a royal treat staying at the beautiful hotel. Simply awesome!!!

  9. arlene says:

    Thank you, I enjoyed exploring the place with you….lovely shots you have here lolaWi.

  10. restlessjo says:

    I so enjoyed seeing Versailles through your eyes, LolaWi! 🙂 You may remember, I was there in August for our Silver Wedding, but we opted just to do the grounds as the queues for the palace were huge and it would have been hard to enjoy and take photos of the Hall of Mirrors. Many thanks for sharing 🙂

    • lolaWi says:

      thank you so much Jo! 🙂 yes, i do remember your versailles post and i was so inspired by the stunning fountain photos you took! you were wise to skip the long queues for the palace. my daughter didn’t stay there long as well 🙂 we truly enjoyed the petit trianon and the hamlet with no queue at all. happy to see you here as always! 🙂

  11. Kamila Pala says:

    Wonderful virtual tour 🙂 Bye. K

  12. angielynn says:

    Yes, Versailles is a great and magical place 🙂 Loved the garden and the palace!

  13. France is so beautiful!

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