Sunday, July 11, 2010

Marie Antoinette's Hamlet

Vienna’s most famous daughter, Marie Antoinette, was especially fond of her rustic Normandy-style farm built in a corner of Versailles’ spectacular formal gardens. With its mill, dairy, houses, animals, ponds and vegetable gardens, the Queen’s Hamlet provided a relaxed, bucolic contrast to the formality and duties of Versailles. Today the old houses with their thatched roofs, trellises, wildflowers, kitchen gardens and hornbeam hedges still appear as an idyllic, romantic settlement. It was a pleasure to visit this charming enclave.

Irises grow on the ridge of the thatched roof:

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