Today we visited one of the most touristic, yet beautiful places you can find
near Paris: Versailles.
We went by metro, but had to go by bus for a few stops due to constructions on
the metro lines.
I didn't mind though because it gave us a spectacular view of the Seine and
the Notre Dame Cathedral.
Due to long lines, we skipped the Château
(which we've already seen a couple of years ago)
and went straight to the gardens.
The incredibly beautiful garden (which spans 800 hectares) left me hungry,
so we stopped for a French onion soup and tarte tartin.
The Grand Trianon.
At the Grand Trianon there was a gorgeous exhibition held, featuring costume
masterpieces from such brilliant designers as Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld,
Vivienne Westwood, Givenchy by Alexander McQueen, Maison Christian Dior
and many others.
Unfortunately we were not allowed to film or photograph, but I saw some of my
favorite haute couture pieces, all fitting in the Marie Antoinette theme,
such as this one:
Christian Dior Haute Couture, Fall 2007
The Petit Trainon:
Saving the best for last, here are some of my pictures from Marie Antoinette's
farm, the Queen's Hamlet.
I took many more (95 to be exact), but I will upload those later on as I'm pretty beat.
Walking through the queen's hamlet took me to another world.
I could so see Marie Antoinette enjoying her life here, away from the pressures of court.
I particularly loved the little farm with the goats, swans, peacocks and pigs. So cute!
When we got back from Versailles, we were both craving ice cream and since
the famous Berthillion closes it doors in July and August we went to another
famous ice cream shop, just a street away from my apartment, Deliziefollie.
Jamie Cahill writes in 'The Patisseries of Paris' about Deliziefollie:
"Deliziefollie's luscious gelato has won over Parisians to Italian-style ice
cream. Ever conscious about overindulging in rich treats but not willing to
sacrifice taste, Parisians love gelato, perceived as Italy's lighter alternative to
Pineapple & salted caramel - delicioso!