Come in and have a seat, ladies and gents…
Here we are inside the Petit Trianon for your greatest pleasure.
This palace was originally constructed from 1762-1768 by Louis XVI’s grandfather, Louis XV. It was interesting to learn that not only did grandfather use this as a retreat at the time, but also intended le petit Trianon for his “favorite” or Mistress, who was named Madame de Pompadour.
Louis presented the Petit Trianon to Marie Antoinette after Louis XV’s passing. She was free to decorate and furnish the petit Trianon to her taste.
I was quite taken away by this cozy palace. The petit Trianon was simple yet refined. It is an easy visit; you will have discovered the marvels of this palace is less than an hour, with time to spare for the gardens and the queen’s hamlet.
Going up to the salons and bedrooms on a gilded stairwell:
Lights, please. One of the chandeliers in the dining room:
The salon de compagnie or salon de music (receiving or music salon), was where Marie Antoinette would spend time with friends. I rather like this red and cream salon.
We now pass into a more private space. This is a part of the queen’s cabinet. The color scene is less lively, cooler and more sober in blue-grey.
This bed was not Marie Antoinette’s but the furniture was apparently what she had ordered for her apartment. It is an adorable bed but, probably way too short for the modern people that we are. Though, I might be able to fit if I took out the pillow bolsters!
Finally, the queen’s bedroom window overlooks this sight:
Le temple d’amour or temple of love.
This is going to prepare us to go out and enjoy walking through nature on the way to the queen’s hamlet.
See you soon!