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versailles: hameau de la reine

After this post, I promise the Versailles posts will come to an end. It was just completely impossible to cramp everything into one post because there were so many things to admire and an overwhelming amount of Kodak moments. As I mentioned in the previous post, my friends and I were intent on bike riding through Versailles so we were thrilled when we found a bike rental place towards the end of the gardens. Since closing time was nearing, we only signed up for an hour and planned on biking straight to Marie Antoinette’s rustic paradise.

Getting ready for our trip

Once we left with the bikes, our direct trip to Marie Antoinette’s village was quickly interrupted by a poor sense of direction and a field of goats that we couldn’t help but stop to look at. But we successfully arrived!…with only 30 minutes before we had to return the bikes. Let me just say, I am so glad we didn’t freak out about time and head back without stopping by the hameau because it probably ended up being my favorite part of Versailles.

While all of Versailles is obviously very beautiful, the hameau has a different kind of beauty, one that is more quaint as if it came right out of Snow White. During Marie Antoinette’s time, she had the hameau built as a functioning farm which she could escape to when she grew tired of the hectic lifestyle at Versailles. Only a select group was actually allowed onto the property and the citizens of France got really riled up about the place because they thought it just showed off the excess spending of the royal family.

I quickly became obsessed with this pig!

Everything about the hameau was just so peaceful, it was a place a wouldn’t mind spending the rest of my life at and I found it very difficult to leave. Sadly, we had to bring back the bikes so our stay at the hameau remained short but surely memorable.

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