Petit Trianon, September 2007.

16 August 2009

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Peering through the gates towards the front façade of the Petit Trianon.

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The elegant staircase that leads up from the entrance vestibule to the first floor.

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Me looking rather thrilled in the upper vestibule. I can’t wait to go back!

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The famous portrait of Marie Antoinette by Élisabeth Vigée-Lebrun lives in the Petit Trianon. Words cannot express what it feels like to be actually standing in front of it.

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Of course I made the most of the opportunity and took some good shots of my own.

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There is always something faintly unreal about standing in front of a painting that you know so well and see all the time. It is almost overwhelming.

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I think this is my favourite picture from that day. I love the way that it shows up the exquisite panelling.

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A beautiful Sèvres dish. Marie Antoinette loved their rose patterned pieces, especially when incorporated with her favourite cornflowers.

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A bust in the corner of the vestibule.

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Bust of the young Marie Antoinette in the dining room.

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Another view of the music room, showing the gorgeous balance of colours, gilt, exquisite woods and panelling.

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The lovely sitting room with its Quality Street wrapper pink brocade upholstery. You can really imagine Marie Antoinette, the Duchesse de Polignac, the Princesse de Lamballe and their young men lounging around in here munching on cake.

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Another view, highlighting the beautiful colours that Marie Antoinette loved to surround herself with.

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Marie Antoinette’s bedchamber, view of the bed. It is a huge contrast to her over the top bedroom in the palace of Versailles with all of its gilt and gold and peacock feathers and glitz and, well frankly, bling. This room is full of light and clarity with simple patterns and an atmosphere of freshness and elegance.

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Another view of the bed.

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Another view of the bedchamber, showing the simplicity of the white panelled walls, the beautiful wooden parquet flooring and the pretty and cheerful fabric used to upholster the furniture. I would love to have a bedroom like this: it looks like it smells of lavender and roses and fresh, clean cotton.

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The Queen’s boudoir, with the famous, ingenious mirror that could be raised up to cover the window.

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The upper vestibule. A huge two year restoration project was completed in 2008 and I am really, really looking forward to going back and seeing how it looks now as it sounds like there have been a lot of changes and, of course, there are even more areas open up to the public!

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