I had previously visited the Grand Trianon and the Petit Trianon but this time it was very different. We had as our guide Deborah Anthony from French Travel Boutique. Deborah is an Australian with a love of all things french. After studying french history in Paris, she started French Travel Boutique and now offers an extensive range of fabulous and different tours.
Listening to Deborah relate the history of life at court offered a rare insight and together we unravelled the history of the Louis XIV, XV and XVI and their wives and mistresses.
The Grand Trianon was built during the reign of Louis XIV as a retreat for the king and his family, a place to escape the pressures of court. Using stunning pink Languedoc marble, the two sections are connected by an beautiful open colonnade. The rooms were altered by Louis XV and again remodelled and renovated by Napoleon after the revolution. It is this renovation and subsequent changes made by Louis-Philippe that we see today.

Empress' Bed Chamber at the Grand Trianon, Versailles
Empress' Bed Chamber

Louis-Philippe family room at the Grand Trianon, Versailles
Louis-Philippe family room

Napoleon's Malachite room at the Grand Trianon, Versaille
The Malachite Room where the malachite presents Czar Alexander 1 gave to Napoleon are displayed

Colonnaded walkway at the Grand Trianon
Colonnaded walkway

View to the Garden Room from the walkway at the Grand Trianon, Versaille
View to the Garden Room from the walkway

View of gardens from the Grand Trianon
The gardens as seen from the Grand Trianon

The Grand Trianon, Versaille
View of The Grand Trianon

Outside the Grand Trianon, Versaille
Our guide, Deborah Anthony, leaving the Grand Trianon

From here we walked through the beautiful gardens to the Petit Trianon
Gardens of the Grand Trianon, Versaille
The beautiful gardens

Arbour in the Grand Trianon Gardens, Versaille
Arbour in the gardens

Marie Antoinette, who loved to perform, had her own theatre built a short distance from the Petit Trianon. It’s a small theatre, in fact the stage is a lot bigger than the seating area but here she organized plays and recitals for those privelaged guests who had received a coveted invitation. Most of the decoration seen here is trompe l’oeil- the statues are pasteboard and the marble is painted wood.
Marie Antoinette's Theatre in the grounds of the Grand Trianon
Marie Antoinette

Another view of Marie Antoinette's Theatre
Another view of Marie Antoinette

For me, the most interesting part of the history is that of the Petit Trianon. It was originally built  for Madame de Pompadour in 1761 who died before the interior was finished so it was given to Louis XV’s next mistress, Madame du Barry. When the king died, his successor, Louis XVI  gave it to his wife, Marie Antoinette, as a private residence, which was unheard of for a French queen. Marie Antoinette made it her own personal playground.
The Petit Trianon, Versaille
The Petit Trianon

View of Petit Trianon facing the French Garden
View of Petit Trianon facing the French Garden

The French Pavillion in the gardens of the Petit Trianon
The French Pavillion in the gardens of the Petit Trianon

The French Pavillion in the gardens of the Petit Trianon
The French Pavillion

The best is yet to come!
 
 
 
 
 
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