Versailles (Part III) The Trianons


Visiting The Trianon and Petite Trianon

There’s a saying that Louis XIV built Versailles for his court, Marly for his friends and the Grande Trianon for his family.

Would I like to live in Versailles? Um, no. Would I like to live in the Grande Trianon? You bet.


And Galina loved the royal garden with its explosion of summer flowers.


We found this peaceful little corner on the way to the Petite Trianon. and spent a few minutes lying on our backs in the grass staring up through the trees at the blue sky.


The Petite Trianon was started for Madame Pompadour (although she died befroe completion) and was finally finished for Marie Antoinette. The architecture of the Petite Trianon exemplifies that transition point from the rococo sytle to the neoclassical of the 1760s.


This is where Marie Antoinette came to get away from the stultifying formality of the court. In her bedroom there are mirrored panels that come up to obscure the windows from prying eyes. She also planned for dining tables that came up through the floor from the kitchen below, fully laden, too minimise interaction between servants and guests.

This is a girl who liked her technology and was really serious about her privacy…


You can see the transition from the rococo to neoclassical here in the use of rounded windows.


Having explored the neoclassical and With the afternoon sky breaking up, we headed outdoors on our final adventure of the day, exploring the English Garden of the Queen.

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