Most of our time in France was spent in Paris, but my Mom and I were destined to make a few day trips out of the city to explore more of the beautiful country (like here to Chateau Fontainbleau and here to Reims/Champagne). The last day trip we had planned was to the Palace of Versailles. Before I get into the gorgeousness of the palace and grounds; I wanted to share all about the hamlet of Marie Antoinette aka ‘The Queen’s Hamlet.’
Marie Antoinette was named the Queen of France in 1774 (after being Dauphine of France since 1770), and was known for living in luxury all the while the citizens of France were starving. She was the last Queen of France before the outbreak of the French Revolution. One the extravagant things Marie Antoinette funded was the development of the Trianon Gardens into her own little French countryside village. This reproduction of a Country Village (the Hamlet) was filled with farm animals, windmill, fisherman’s cottage, stables, etc. Marie Antoinette explained that she needed this getaway as an escape from the hard work of being royalty. She would often spend an extended amount of time in her little village and away from the Palace
The Hamlet of Marie Antoinette is located in the far back of the current Versailles visiting grounds. My Mother and I opted to walk (versus take the little shuttle trolley) to The Hamlet which turned out to be quite the trek but with beautiful landscapes, lakes and scenery- the long walk was worth it. Although we could not go inside many of the Hamlet buildings, this was my favorite part of visiting Versailles. I hope find the Queen’s Hamlet just as adorable as I did! Enjoy!
Looking for more on our trip to France? Check out our hotel here, our tour of the Louvre with Walks of France – here, some Post Cards from Paris- here and the beautiful Cathedral in Reims- here, some fine dining at Le Foch in Reims- here, a Visit to Paris’ Arc de Triomphe- here, recap of Climbing the Towers of Notre Dame, Paris’ Love Lock Bridge- here, The beautiful stained glass of Sainte Chapelle – here , Champagne Pommery with Tastyside to Life Tours- here, Montmartre’s Sacre Coeur- here, Paris and the Eiffel Tower at Night- here, Part 2 of my Tasty Side to Life tour at Champagne Bernard Pertois- here, the Pantheon in the Latin Quarter of Paris (here) and the Enchanting French Chateau Fontainbleau- here.