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Let them Eat Cake - Versailles

Written on: Sunday April 22nd, 2007

A journal entry from: Rouen Exchange

Versailles blew all my soso expectations out of the water.  I was, in no way, expecting an estate of this size.  Yes, the castle is impressive but it was what was behind it that really impressed me.  First of all is the canal that they personally dug. They also have an Orangerie (yup, in France.  They put the trees in a greenhouse in the winter).  Then there?s the Grand Trianon that was the ?getaway? of the royalty.  As you?ll see from the pictures (I hope they do it some justice) this getaway is much larger than most people?s normal homes.  Unfortunately, the Petit Trianon was closed when I was there so I can?t report on it ? although I?m sure it was just as impressive. 

By far, my favourite part of the whole place was Marie Antionette?s gardens. Just prior to visiting, I had watched the movie ?Marie Antionette? and it made me wish I was Marie Antionette.  After walking through her gardens, it turned into a full on obsession.  There are the manicured gardens close to the Petit Trianon and then the wilder ones spreading out for quiet a distance.  It was fun to just wander the paths, finding new little treasures every once and a while.  Like the little rock waterfall, Belevedere as well as the Temple of Love.  Marie Antionette also had a Hamlet built for her.  It was a full working farm (there are still animals there today) where she could pretend she was an everyday peasant.    

I picked a great day to go.  The sun was out, it was almost too hot and there were no too many people around.  I wish I could have stayed longer. 

The general gardens are free so there was lots of people running and biking around the canal which looked like fun.  I had to get back to Paris though because it was Ben and Jerry?s free cone day and I didn?t want to miss out.

Oh, by the way, no sources have ever been able to prove that Marie Antionette said "Let them Eat Cake."  (and by cake, that phrase would mean bread crusts).