Versailles #4

IMG_6244Back in the golf buggy!!! Off to Le Grand Trianon after the joys of Le Petit Trianon.

IMG_6245This 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.

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From memory, this is where Napoleon’s mother, Madame Mére, had her living quarters.IMG_6249Look at the shutters…. I love the shutters that the Europeans have. These are doozies.

IMG_6258IMG_6260Someone was clearly a fan of yellow.

IMG_6253IMG_6252Others prefer red; a bit racier.

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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.

IMG_6266The big hall… or whatever it’s called. I took a closer look at the picture frames lining the walls.

IMG_6267Not bad, hey? This was NOT an isolated case… there were many of them.

IMG_6276This is a portrait of Hortense de Beauharnais…. Josephine’s daughter. You know, Josephine – Napoleon’s first wife. She of, “Not tonight, Josephine” fame.

IMG_6272Here’s Madame de Pompadour. Now there’s an interesting woman.

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Here’s Marie Louise, aka Mrs Napoleon Bonaparte.

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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.

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This is only one section of it. It’s really very large.

IMG_6339Permaculture insists on a water feature somewhere in a garden to increase biodiversity and give birds and insects a ready supply of drinking water. It seems that Louis XIV was ahead of his time.

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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.

IMG_6295Here’s a close up.

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They had a goodly row of hothouses, though at this time of the year, their summer, nothing much was going on in them.

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See what I mean about fruit trees? This garden wasn’t mucking around; there were hundreds of them.

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They had different ways of espaliering them.

IMG_6335I found this one particularly interesting. This is one tree, but look how the gardeners have trained it along the wires and teased it out.

IMG_6329Here’s a different way again.

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And again…

IMG_6305As I got further into the garden the espaliered trees were being used not just as gardens on their own, but as borders to the vegetable beds.

IMG_6330IMG_6332This is out of synch but I like the bright splash of colour.

IMG_6324IMG_6326There was a great sense of order here. IMG_6338IMG_6337There was a section of raised garden beds, instead of the usual beds cut straight into the soil.

IMG_6336IMG_6303To be honest, I was a little surprised that the garden should be so…. relatively unkempt. Compared to the palace, there were a lot of raggedy edges and watering that needed doing.

IMG_6307IMG_6310It wasn’t just fruit trees that were the borders of the garden sections; here some beans are espaliered.

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Asparagus!!!! There was heaps of this; like me, the palace evidently requires lots of this when it’s in season.

IMG_6315I found this interesting… I don’t know anyone who would willingly put black plastic down in their garden. Yet here it is around the tomatoes and the strawbs.

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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.

 

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2 Responses to Versailles #4

  1. Thank you for sharing, loving your photos.

  2. Lucinda Sans says:

    I don’t remember any of this so I clearly have to go back.

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