Back in the golf buggy!!! Off to Le Grand Trianon after the joys of Le Petit Trianon.
This one was much bigger, as you’d expect by the name, and was covered in pink marble. The middle part is open to the elements as a patio and the two ends are stuffed to the gills with luxury and history.
Look at all the marble and the tiling… the scale is incredible. The pink marble isn’t just here; it goes all around the palace.
This is a portrait of Hortense de Beauharnais…. Josephine’s daughter. You know, Josephine – Napoleon’s first wife. She of, “Not tonight, Josephine” fame.
Here’s Madame de Pompadour. Now there’s an interesting woman.
Here’s Marie Louise, aka Mrs Napoleon Bonaparte.
They really landscaped in terms of vistas, didn’t they?
Then we drove back, dropped off the buggy and then walked to the Potager du Roi, or the KIng’s Veggie Patch. Once we found that it wasn’t covered by our Museum card (what an outrage) Scott decided to go for a drink and I went in.
This is only one section of it. It’s really very large.
Espaliered fruit trees were everywhere. Indeed, for a while I didn’t think there were many veggies at all, because all I could see where literally hundreds of fruit trees.
They had a goodly row of hothouses, though at this time of the year, their summer, nothing much was going on in them.
See what I mean about fruit trees? This garden wasn’t mucking around; there were hundreds of them.
They had different ways of espaliering them.
Asparagus!!!! There was heaps of this; like me, the palace evidently requires lots of this when it’s in season.
I can’t fault their fondness for strawberries though… there’s enough here to sink a ship.
My battery gave up the ghost then, so I wandered around for a little while longer, popped into the gift shop attached to it and bought my Versailles souvenir – a wooden scrubbing brush to clean my root veggies with… I know everyone gets one of these from Versaille (such a cliché!) but I couldn’t resist t.
Phew! Versailles is finally finished!! What a day. I loved it.