les jardins Versailles

I love the order of hedges & gravel paths... lavender, roses, herbs & vegetables, symmetry & scale.

 Walking through the gardens of Versailles gives a good opportunity to walk off all of those calories consumed from too many French pastries...

The gardens are vast & stunning even at the end of winter...

versailles planters

beautiful fountains

the walk to petit trianon

le pavillon fran├žais

bare winter trees

this stubborn swan could not be tempted out of the pond

love the sound of gravel underfoot...

the hamlet

We were lucky to have the hamlet all to ourselves, probably because 
it is such a long way away from the palace and it was a cold day.

The small lake is surrounded by rustic cottage buildings quaintly named - Le Boudoir,
Le Moulin, The Warming Room, The Refreshments Dairy...

I can understand the Queen's desire for a simpler life after seeing the grandeur &
 lack of privacy in the palace.

one of the quaint buildings

potager at marie antoinette's hamlet

 I dream of having a beautiful potager like this...

ready for spring planting

beautifully restored thatched roof

le boudoir

love the worn steps

 We visited the Grand Trianon on our way back to the lake for lunch...

le grand trianon

chandeliers & parquet flooring grand trianon

view from the arched walkway

beautiful french countryside on the walk back to the palace

I would love to visit Versailles again in a different season although perhaps not
with the crowds of summer.

 till next time

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