Chateau de Versailles - Part 2

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Chateau de Versailles is nothing like our everyday world. It is more picturesque, dreamlike world & every detail exudes opulent splendor. The place is so vast that it would takes more than just one day to thoroughly enjoy it but like everyone else, Chris & I cramped everything we wanted to see in one day. Here's a sneak peek of my favorite part of Versailles.

Let's continue & pick up where I left off shall we?

Having walked through the main palace for a couple of hours, we made our way to the garden outside where the walkways are filled with new & old sculptures - they recall classical beauty.

But not without a pit stop at the petit Angelina for some lunch & pastries.

Afterwards we wandered our way in & out of one of mazes where Chris discovered the golf cart rental & rented one for us to get around & to the Grand Trianon & Marie-Antoinette's maison (Petit Trianon).

Versailles is astonishingly huge & oh boy, was I glad to be riding in the golf cart.
Trust me, you would want to either rent a golf cart or a bicycle if you want to see everything in one day without your feet aching & cursing at you later.
We rode down the tree lined road to the Grand Trianon.

The Grand Trianon is a singled-story porcelain palace built in 1670 for King Louis XIV to escape the pomp & rigid formality of court life with his mistress Madame de Montespan. This little pink marble palace radiates a sense of coziness, sweetness & grandeur all at once. It is famous for its geometrical, orderly French-style gardens filled with green shrubbery & blossoms - which I skipped out on because I was too anxious for Marie's estate.

We rode back to the same tree lined road & went a little further down to Marie's maison.

And through the gates...

And up to the Petit Trianon that Marie-Antoinette called home.

The mini sandstone palace and her gardens (which I'll get to later) were built as a haven for Marie-Antoinette to flee from the rigors of Versailles etiquette, where she could return to the pleasures of simple & rural pursuits.

The inside of her home is quite amazing but not as spectacular as her gardens & hamlet.
There is more than one way to get to the Queen's Hamlet & gardens. The gravel path we took passed through the Temple of love - built entirely with marble in 1778 & the queen can see it from her bedroom at the Petit Trianon.

Where it proudly housed the French masterpiece Cupid cutting his bow from the Club of Hercules by Bouchardon. But this chap here is just a replica, the original Cupid now live in Le Lourve.

 We hopped, skipped & jumped on our shady gravel path along the English garden & finally arrived at the Hamlets where back then nobody could come without the Queen's invitation. It was her own private world.

 Each house has its own garden, planted with cabbage, cauliflower & artichokes, surrounded by a hornbeam hedge & enclosed a fence.

Having soaked in the rustic charm at the Queen's Hamlets long enough, we headed back to return the golf cart & squeezed in what we haven't already visited or seen.

The sheer scale of this place is nothing I've ever experience before. It offers a window into a world which is long gone & will never return. Versailles is a well worth a visit next time you're in Paris.

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