How cute and French country are these little cottages at the Palace of Versailles? Doesn't it just make you want to open a glass of French wine and read a good ol' French novel? No? Just me?? Well, it sure does encourage me to make the walk up from the palace to Marie Antoinette's old stomping grounds the next time I'm in Paris. To be honest, I didn't even know this place was still able to be viewed until my mom came back and showed me her photos.
What was once the Queen's private retreat, this tiny village was built as an idyllic escape, stocked full of simple people who pretended to live there, for Marie to essentially play house in. The farm, vineyards, and orchards were fully operating and Marie often joined in on the daily chores. However, many people looking in didn't think highly of the fact that she was, in essence, making a mockery of peasant life in France at that time. This anger helped lead the way to the French Revolution and we all know how that turned out. None the less, the restoration of these buildings and the lands in which they sit is a true historical wonder, in my opinion. Everything about these cottages screams historical France. And that just makes my history lovin', wanderlustin' heart happy.
**Photo cred, my mom!