The Queen's famous portrait
Another new portion of the Petite palace open to visitors is the warming kitchen. This kitchen was used to warm the food brought from the main kitchen. The food was not prepared here as to not let the smell of cooking food permeate the Trianon while Her Majesty was enjoying her day. The executors of the grand refurbishment wanted to show the stark difference between the Noble Floor and the servants areas.
I was very lucky to meet a curator who was heading into the theatre, visitors were not allowed in at the time and my Mom & I were invited in. To see him unlock the great gate with his old keys and to be inside of that precious jewel box, virtually alone, was something I will never forget! I was allowed in the back of the stage and got a wonderful private tour *sigh*. These pictures do not do justice to the gorgeous shade of Blue this theatre is decorated in. To be inside is truly like being inside of a jewel box. Lush Velvet and yards of luxurious fabric sweep you up into another world. We sat on the very benches Marie and her friends may have sat on and looked onto the very stage Marie~Antoinette performed her much talked about plays! It is breathtaking. Luckily the Theatre was overlooked and untouched by the throngs of people looking for "the walls of the whore, plastered in Gold and Diamonds" during the Revolution as it is tucked away. It is in the exact condition the Queen left it in. You can also see an original backdrop displayed on the stage.
I may be mistaken but I do believe that it is here in the theatre that a grand reception was held for Louis & MA after they were married. The floor can be raised level to the stage floor and thus create a large room for a grand party!
The Garden of the Trianon. "A furious Duc de Croÿ exclaimed in 1780 that 'the large green-house [the most costly and scholarly in Europe] has been replaced by tall mountains, a large rock, and a stream. Never have two acres of land been so totally changed, nor cost so much money.' In order to create her landscape garden, Marie-Antoinette changed everything. Between 1776 and 1783 architect Richard Mique built her a Chinese tilting ring, a Temple of Love, the Rock Pavilion, a theatre, and then the Hamlet. Receptions and nocturnal celebrations followed one after another, restoring to the Petit Trianon the spirit of the festivities that marked the early years of Versailles".
~From the official Versailles website
The view of the Temple of Love from her bedroom window.
There is so much one could write about the Petite Trianon alone, not to mention the other sites related to it. I could spend a week exploring everything! So I will leave you with this, a few morsels of information about this magical place.
Bisou Mon Amis!
Photos via flickr