12/10/2016

♥ A Wander Through the Gardens of Versailles... ♥


Ah, Versailles... I could never properly put into words my love for this place. Some could say it is a place where absolute monarchy, privileges and, to some extent tyranny and pretence grew; but all I can see is the incredible potential of human creativity and skill, the ambitious embodiment of beauty. Versailles is a haven of perfect symmetry, the home of thousands of works of art, the home of several centuries of history and heritage.

I have visited the castle quite a few times already, but only went once this year. We spent the day in the gardens, and I wanted to take you along with me. 


As we went there in the summer (although the cloudy sky doesn't seem like it), the fountains were on. This event is called the Grandes Eaux Musicales, and only ever happen in the summer season at Versailles. From June to September, the fountains and water displays are all lit and baroque music comes from speakers carefully hidden in the well-groomed bushes. The music makes your walk around the garden much more grand and magical, and you just feel like you've stepped into a period film.

As you advance to the left side of the gardens, you'll get a beautiful view of the Orangerie and its impressive gardening design... French gardening at its finest.


I find it very satisfying that the lace collar of my top matches the beautiful spiral designs in the background, hehe.

Go towards the big central staircase directly facing the back of the castle, and you'll get THE view. You probably know which one I'm talking about. The infinite panorama over the whole gardens, that makes you a bit overwhelmed. Imagine Louis XIV going out for a walk with his court, stopping right at the top of these stairs and observing the territory he had built over the years to make it the most glorious royal place there is. 



After having taken in the view, time to get lost in the meander of pathways. Don't forget to get a map of the gardens, it can be very useful when looking for a particular fountain or grove. There are plenty, and all of them are worth taking a look at. My favourite has to be the Bosquet de l'Encelade, hidden in a maze of high vegetal walls on the right side of the gardens. It is rarely open to the public, in fact from all the times I've visited Versailles, this was the only time I had been able to enter the grove itself and look at the impressive fountain under all angles. Follow the signs and they'll lead you to the giant Enceladus, crushed by rocks and turning in what would become the Etna volcano.


I am always amazed by how raw materials can be carved into such beautiful, expressive, moving works of art. You can almost feel the despair of the giant in his eyes, the tension in his muscles, and the inescapability of his fate.

Once you've explored the gardens to your heart's content, there is another place that you may want to see before you return to the normal, twenty-first-century world. When you reach the bassin d'Apollon, turn right on the main big road and follow it all the way to reach the Petit Trianon and Marie Antoinette's Domain. From the awe-inspiring, richly decorated gardens, you'll find yourself transported in a haven of peace, where the infamous Queen, very close to my heart, found her little paradise. I have to say, this would probably be mine too.

Behind the Petit Trianon, follow the stream to stumble upon curious little things, such as the Temple of Love...


Is there a most romantic place for a furtive date with a secret lover than under the beautifully carved temple? 
But wait for it, there's even better. Walk along the little pathways behind the temple, and you'll find yourself in the most curious area of the Domain... The Queen's Hamlet. A dozen medieval looking cottages, an artificial fishing pond, a mill, kitchen gardens... It is fascinating to explore the grounds on which Marie Antoinette escaped the bustle of the Court, which she hated.



As I walked around the area, I could almost feel Marie-Antoinette's presence, I could picture her, ininformal dress, a bunch of flowers in one hand, feeling a sense of freedom in this perfect scenery. 
The hamlet and farm are still used to this day, and if you go a little farther, you'll see chicken, rabbits, donkeys and cows, taken care of by a very privileged team of workers. If I worked in such a place, I would gladly become a farm girl right away!


It took us the whole afternoon to explore the gardens of Versailles, and I still feel like we haven't seen everything they have to offer. It is such a magical place, and it is hard to describe the feeling you get when you are there. You are basically walking in History. Walking in the steps of kings and queens, of favorites, of page boys and gardeners...
I'd like to give credit to all the poor builders, and workmen that made it possible for Louis XIV's incredible visions to become this unique place. Without these people that we haven't recorded the names of, Versailles would have never been. However, they still live in the walls, in the paths and in the statues scattered around the gardens. Trust me, Versailles will stand and shine still, for many and many decades to come!

Have you ever been to Versailles? Or visited gardens as incredible as these?
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24 comments:

  1. I love that place! Looks like you had a good time!

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    1. I always have the time of my life when I go to Versailles haha :P xx

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  2. Gosh, it truly is like no other place on Earth - so luxurious and beautiful in appearance. Oh my gosh, that sleepy bunny rabbit is just melting my heart!

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    1. Isn't he cute? I love that they still have farm animals on there, it just adds life to the place :D xx

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  3. owww marie antoinette was so me!! i definitely would have chosen to stay far away from the court and her little place seems like a paradise to me!! also love the temple of love<3 these two are the things I missed when i visited. my friend was too tired from walking to also get there!! thanks for showing me instead :D

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    1. I understand how you feel! This is the most magical place ever. It's a shame you didn't get to go, but I'm glad you sort of visited through this post :D Maybe next time you come you can go there, Versailles is so big it can't be done in just one day! xx

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  4. Stunning photos :-)
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  5. Whenever I see pictures of Versailles gardens, I always dream to go there! It's such a gorgeous place and I'm sure that I would spend ages in there :)

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    1. Oh yeah you would definitely spend hours there and completely get sucked in the atmosphere in this amazing place! xx

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  6. I have been there a couple of years ago and I want to go back again sometimes! Love the pics
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    1. It's a place you never get tired of visiting, no matter how many times you go! :D xx

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  7. I have never been to Versailles, but I have marveled the gardens and the architecture numerous times. It is on my list of places to visit, and I will try tomato it when the music is playing, as that sounds amazing.

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    1. It's definitely a magical time to visit the gardens when they have the music and the fountains on! xx

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  8. Oh wow it looks so beautiful! I've been to Paris a couple of times but have still never had the chance to venture out to Versaille - I will be making it my mission next time :)

    Jasmine xx

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    1. So you already have a place to go on your list when you come back, that's exciting! :D xx

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  9. This is great! I used to work in the Chateux de Versailles ....gros bisous
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    1. Oh wow lucky you, it must have been such a unique experience! xx

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  10. I so enjoyed seeing these photos! Especially the cottages and farm, I love imagining Marie walking through there as well.

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed, I had fun taking all these photos and walking around the place finding the best ways to transcribe the atmosphere! xx

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  11. Looks like you had a ton of fun! Also, I am currently having a Fresh Sugar Rose Lip Treatment giveaway and will be having a new giveaway every Friday with products from UD, Too Faced, Fresh, Hourglass and more. You should come check it out! :)
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    1. Yes I did! And thanks for the link to your giveaway :) xx

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  12. omg what a beautiful place! want to got there

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  13. This looks so dreamy! You are one lucky girl. I've always wanted to se Versailles
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