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…
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.
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.
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.