Visiting Versailles – The Queen’s Hamlet

Visiting Versailles – The Queen’s Hamlet

“Little town, it’s a quiet village. Ev’ry day, like the one before. Little town, full of little people waking up to say… Bonjour!”

The Queen’s Hamlet is something you would say has come out straight from a post card. According to history, the construction of the hamlet was ordered by Marie Antoinette in 1783. It was there that she played out the simple country life, away from the eyes and ears of the court in Versailles.

hamlet1You can get from the main chateau to the Queen’s Hamlet by going on the Petit Train. Get off at the second stop which is the Petit Trianon and then from there, walk through the gardens and follow the path to the Queen’s Hamlet. Use the map that you got from the entrance to guide you on finding the hamlet.

The Versailles map showing the path from the Petit Trianon to the Queen's Hamlet

The Versailles map showing the path from the Petit Trianon to the Queen’s Hamlet

It might look confusing because of the sheer size of the Estate but you’ll find your way. To guide you, here are some of what you might see on the way to the Queen’s Hamlet.

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After you’ve feasted your eyes on the gardens, take a deep breath because you are going to be awed some more. Presenting, the Queen’s Hamlet!

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There are eleven houses surrounding the Big lake. Five of these houses were reserved for the use of the Queen and her guests: the Queen’s House, Billiard Room, Boudoir, Mill, and Refreshments Dairy.

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Four of the houses were reserved for use of the peasants: The Farm and its annexes, the Barn, the Dovecote, and the Preparation Dairy. One of the houses, the Warming Room, was for domestic use and this was where dishes were prepared for the dinners given at the Queen’s house or at the Mill.

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We all know about how extravagantly Marie Antoinette lived. All the balls, dresses, wigs, and shoes were expensive. The French court was so isolated from the realities of the poverty in Paris, living in their own little world of luxury in Versailles. But the Queen’s Hamlet somehow shows the other side of living luxuriously. You will want to get away from it at some point. It shows that despite having everything, Marie Antoinette wanted to get away from it all, away from the gossip and intrigues of the French court where privacy was unheard of. She wanted to play the part of a simple person, living a simple life and having the hamlet was the closest she can get to such a life.

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Seeing the Queen’s Hamlet gave me another chance to see Marie Antoinette in a different way– a sad, pretty fool, trapped in a world of gold.

To visit Versailles, check out the chateau’s website: Chateau de Versailles

kristine

8 Comments

  1. We didn’t get to reach this part of the Chateau. We tried to walk our way from here but got lost in the Gardens. Hoho.

    Lovely pictures!

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    • Oh. You got lost from the Petit Trianon or from the main Chateau? I almost got lost myself if i had not followed other tourists who were walking ahead of me hehe

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      • We got lost in the gardens, we tried to follow the mini cart thingy instead of going via the walk path as indicated in the map. Haha.

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        • Mini cart thing? The Petit Train? Haha or the mini cart ng orange juice with the cute orange juice vendor?

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          • It looked like a golf cart that you can rent and drive around I think. Is that the mini train? Haha may juice vendor pala don.

          • Ah, they do have golf carts for rent din but the Petit Train is different. Para talaga siyang choo choo train na color green. Uu. May nagkalat na juice vendors dun, ung isa nga na nakita ko parang si Jake Gyllenhaal eh (sana tama spelling haha)

          • Wow ang gwapo! Ang haba kasi ng pila sa train. We really wanted to rent a bike pero wala kami nakita.

          • Hahaha iuupload ko rin picture niya! Kakalkalin ko lang. :D

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