October 16, 2013

Versailles and a frolicking donkey


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After a little break from Versailles (for the Ten on Ten and Photo of the Month projects), here is part 2 of my trip to Versailles.

Marie Antoinette’s Hamlet (aka play farm)

Not only did Marie Antoinette like her privacy, but she also really liked to play dress-up. She actually built a little hamlet, complete with a barn, a dairy, a mill and a few other country buildings sprinkled around a lake. Apparently, she liked to dress up as a young shepherdess (without the unglamorous work of course) and live a simple “country” life in this little part of the Versailles estate.

Chateau de Versailles France

Chateau de Versailles France

The Hamlet still has a functioning barn with animals, including Bobby (that’s what I named him), the frolicking donkey.

Chateau de Versailles France

The Gardens

The gardens of Versailles are enormous, so I was actually rushing around a lot trying to get from one place to another (the cobblestone doesn’t make things easier). One of the most famous parts of the garden is the Fountain of Apollo, which, to be honest, is not that impressive in person when the fountains are off (they only turn them on for a few hours a day). I also thought that it would be covered in bright, shiny gold, which wasn’t the case. I guess it was copper? It was sort of orange-green-reddish. So instead, here’s an illustration:

versailles apollo fountain bassin

Chateau de Versailles France

Chateau de Versailles France

Chateau de Versailles France

Chateau de Versailles France

Chateau de Versailles France

Chateau de Versailles France

Chateau de Versailles France

It’s also Travel Tuesday (ok, well, Wednesday in some parts), so you can see other participant’s photos on Bonnie Rose’s blog here.



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4 Comments

  1. Elle

    October 23, 2013 at 10:10 am — Reply

    i LOVED versailles! I’ve seen it twice now and the second time (this August) I got to see the Queen’s Hamlet… My favorite part of the day! It was such a stark opposite from the grand palace, and so quant! Loved it after touring the regal rooms of the chateau

    • Lisa

      October 23, 2013 at 2:15 pm — Reply

      Isn’t it just the cutest? It’s also great because there aren’t as many tourists wandering around. I actually spent a good 10 minutes trying to figure out how to get inside the buildings until someone finally told me that they’re closed :)

  2. Divya

    October 23, 2013 at 10:35 pm — Reply

    Wonderful pics ! It looks like a beautiful place to visit. :)

    • Lisa

      October 24, 2013 at 2:36 pm — Reply

      Thanks! It really is…especially the less touristy parts because there’s actually room to move around and take photos.

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