View from bus out to Versailles
Alors…… Today was All At Versailles which includes the Chateau, the extensive gardens, and the Petit Trianon.The Château de Versailles, which has been on UNESCO’s World Heritage List for 30 years, is one of the most beautiful achievements of 18th-century French art. The site began as Louis XIII’s hunting lodge before his son Louis XIV transformed and expanded it, moving the court and government of France to Versailles in 1682. Each of the three French kings who lived there until the French Revolution added improvements to make it more beautiful. After spending an hour or so there we had an hour out in the beautiful gardens and fountains. We met for lunch with our tour group at a restaurant on the grounds and then walked over to another part of the vast Versailles property to see the Petit Trianon. The Trianon was built in 1762 as a place for the private use of Louis XV and Madame De Pompadour. It was inaugurated in 1769 with Countess Du Barry his next mistress. In 1774, Louis XVI gave it to Marie-Antoinette when she bore his son and it became her favorite place to stay.In another posting I will have pictures of an area close by that she turned into an English style park with follies and hamlet (pronounced “omelet”).
- Louis XVI was short so he wore these red heeled shoes. “Platform shoes on his nasty little feet” Right Maddi?
The Countess Du Barry (Louis XV mistress)used the Queen’s bedroom before Marie-Antoinette occupied it from 1777 to 1789.
Marie-Antoinette WITH her head