Three Sites visited in the Paris Region this weekend

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This weekend the weather was beautifully sunny and we took the opportunity to visit three sites in the Île de France (Paris Region): the Queen’s Hamlet in Versailles, the medieval town of Provins and the chateau of Maisons-Laffitte. Here are a few photos…

Versailles, Yvelines

Friday we took the bus to Versailles to wander in the city-centre before heading to the unmissable palace. But our goal was to reach the hamlet of Marie-Antoinette in the domain of the Petit-Trianon. The rustic retreat was built for Marie-Antoinette in 1783 to be a place of leisure for the Queen and her closest friends.


Provins, Seine-et-Marne

Then on Saturday it took us more than 2 hours from our suburb to reach the medieval town of Provins. Once a prosperous town where the popular Fairs of Champagne were held, Provins has been listed as a World Heritage Site in 2001 by Unesco. One of the major landmark is the mighty Tour César, a superb medieval octogonal keep, the only one of its kind.


Maisons-Laffitte, Yvelines

Sunday was a rainy day and we thought it was just better to stay in Maisons-Laffitte to enjoy ‘our‘ château. A visit of the interiors are always fascinating, particularly the grand Guard Room and the Renaissance staircase.

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Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. In 2014 he moved back to Europe from Sydney with his wife and daughter to be closer to their families and to France. He has a background teaching French and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations and a degree of Economics and Management.

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