Back in november 2006 , I landed in Paris for a couple of days. Stayed by a friend of a friend in St Germain en Laye.
After a good night of sleep, my host said ” We`re actually pretty close to Versailles. Would you like to visit it?”
This is what I first saw – allée St.Antoine .
There are several entrances to the gardens of Versailles. We went to porte St. Antoine next to the cottage of queen Marie-Antoinette, called “Hameau de la Reine”. It occupies a tiny part of the gardens and is well hidden so you can easily miss it. Marked with red arrow on the map below.
The farm, aswell as the whole hamlet were designed and constructed by Monsieur Richard Mique between 1784-88.
Built aside of the hamlet, the farm was back home for eight cows and a bull, ten goats and pigeons. The farmers provided the queen with milk and eggs.
There are still mini goats and a four horned male, a colorful fazan , pigeons and other animals that are taken care of by fondation Assistance aux animaux.
Around the corner is the queen’s hamlet – a hobbit village on royal grounds.
At the left – The mill.
The weather was very moody on that day. We had rain, we had sunshine. Everything was constantly changing because of the light.
La Tour de Pecherie / Marlborough Tower was the starting point of boat and fishing trips.
A magic place. Definitely worth a visit.
The rest of the gardens – in another post.