Versailles’ Petit Trianon, Grand Trianon, and Marie Antoinette’s Hamlet–proof that the biggest McMansion won’t make you happy! Proof that you will always want more.
I have been to the palace of Versailles a number of times. I even roamed through the infamous gardens and enjoyed my very own Dejeuner sur l’herbe.
However, I had not made it to the Petit Trianon, the Grand Trianon or Marie Antoinette’s Hamlet.
Louis XIV, the Sun King, initially commissioned the palace of Versailles to serve as a getaway from the hustle and bustle of Paris. However, Versailles soon became as busy as Paris ever was–hosting a thousand nobles and their entourages at a time. The King then decided that he needed a getaway from his getaway–so he built the Grand Trianon. The Grand Trianon was a retreat from the etiquette required of Versailles Palace.
It was Louis XV that commissioned the Petit Trianon–another getaway. He of course housed his mistress(es) there. The Petit Trianon has just undergone and total renovation and has been restored to its full glory.
It was Louis XVI’s wife, Marie Antoinette, who commissioned the building of the “Hamlet.” The hamlet was not a palace, but a place for her to pretend to be a peasant. She would dress up in a simple white linen dress and work as a “supervisor” to ensure that the farm tasks were all handled correctly.
No wonder the French revolted in 1789…