Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune

Sue and I didn't have time to spend at either of the Trianons. We made a bee-line to the hameau (hamlet) at the far end of the park. First, we took a walkway that led to the farm. The animals were all in their pens: cows, goats, sheep, and chickens. I read that the farm was restored to its original state between 1992 and 2006. Still, some of the buildings had sections of their roofs missing and some were protected by tarps. I wonder if they were damaged in the recent spring storms?

The farm seen from across the cow pasture. There's a vineyard parcel just visible on the right.

Next to the farm is the actual hamlet where Marie Antionette enjoyed time away from the château and her responsibilities as queen. The buildings in the hamlet have just undergone a very thorough renovation. Ken and I saw a television program about the Petit Trianon and the hamlet just a few weeks ago that showed a little of the renovation, inside and outside of the buildings. I saw on the news the other day that the main house in the hamlet, called the queen's house, is getting its finishing touches, but the interior will only be open to guided tours.

The hamlet itself from across the artificial lake, the queen's house is the building on the right.

We spent some time walking around the impeccably maintained vegetable and flower gardens that surround the hamlet buildings. We saw the observation tower, the gardener's house, the dairy, the mill (with its fake water wheel), the queen's house, and others, all only from the outside. We could have spent a lot more time, but we were on a mission. I'll tell you about that tomorrow.


  1. Do geese see God? Is this one from Canada?

  2. Quitte famous then as a place where Marie Antoinette visited often.

  3. LOL chm. I see Canada geese everywhere, maybe they are keeping their eyes on us.

  4. chm, a palindrome! As opposed to a sarahpalindrome, which makes no sense whichever way you read it. I didn't check the gander's passport.

    andrew, yes.

    evelyn, honk!

  5. Walt, the Sarah Palin(drome) doesn't work because she's not an oie blanche or, in other words, a snow goose!

  6. So beautiful. I could live there (for a week or two... no cafes or restaurants within walking distance)!


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