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...
|the walk to petit trianon|
|le pavillon français|
|bare winter trees|
|this stubborn swan could not be tempted out of the pond|
|love the sound of gravel underfoot...|
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.
I dream of having a beautiful potager like this...
We visited the Grand Trianon on our way back to the lake for lunch...
I would love to visit Versailles again in a different season although perhaps not
with the crowds of summer.
till next time
till next time
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