Sunday, March 15, 2009

Hameau de la Reine....

Our day at Versailles was wonderful!! I don't think any one would argue that Versailles is not absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! The "hall of mirrors" is breath taking... the wall panelling, paintings, furnishings, chandeliers ,.etc.etc.. words cannot describe......BUT!!!!

The Queen's Hamlet..."Hameau de la Reine" was I believe the best of all, I loved every part of this beautiful little place. The Queen's Hamlet was built as a retreat for Marie-Antionette, and it is situated in a private area at Versailles.

The 'petite hameau' is meant to evoke a peasant village, created in 1783 it was complete with a farmhouse, dairy and a mill. It was so pleasant to walk through this area, while Versailles was 'packed' with people we basicly had the hameau all to our selves....might have something to do with the long walk to get there....but well worth every step!

Now, don't get me wrong Versailles itself is wonderful, the beautiful gilded fountains, the gardens etc...but this little hameau had a bit of "magic' about it....and it's always nice to find a little magic.

8 comments:

rosanna said...

I still remember the first time I was in Versailles, I was 6 years old but the memory is still strong. Said that I've never been to the Hameau, may be my family was too lazy for a walk. I had difficulties at going to the Petit Trianon. May be next time if I compell them to see Marie Antoinette first as a stimulus. Shall I try?

Debbie said...

The Queens Hamlet is wonderful. I can just see it in Miniature. Thank you for sharing the pictures..

pussman said...

Oh, those really will inspire me making my new dolls house!
It is lovely, I have to visit that place!

SmallBakery said...

Hi! My name is Katerina and I just love your blog and your work!

I'ts Cosmic Rock... said...

Hi! Just like Rosanna, I visited Versailles aswell as a child but I guess my parents were to lazy aswell? Either way, the place is so lovely!! I bet it will be your next project!? ;P Can't wait!

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

Like you, I visited when there were very few people there. I was there in April, at the very beginning of spring, and it was not quite as lush, not as green yet, as in your photos. It was a different sort of breathtaking! It is everything I love. I was mesmerized. I will probably post my photos sometime in the near future. I really love seeing people's different perspectives on this magical place. The buildings are the same but the photos so extremely different.
Catherine

Karin Corbin said...

I have loved this place since I first saw it in a book about follies. I did not have the time to visit it a couple of years ago when I toured Normandy but it is first on my list for my next trip to France.
I have built my own design for a miniature cottage orne and it is on my blog.

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