My blogging has got less frequent due to crazy midterm schedule. However, I managed to take one small trip to the beautiful Versailles gardens and estates.
So for the last 3 weeks it’s been a madhouse. I have had 12-14 hour long school days. Yes. Every single weekday + Saturdays. Combine that with multiple research essays, a babysitting job, running the Sciences Po Refugee Help, and, I also accepted a teaching job at the Estonian School in Paris. My mum says that I have issues with applying everywhere and trying to do everything. I can see now that she has a fair point cause 1) mother knows best and 2) last week I almost passed out due to all the tiredness. Multiple days in a row I only had time to have lunch around 1PM and that was the last meal of the day. LUCKILY my timetable will be more relaxed next week onwards, and, even though I already have to study for my November exams and essays, autumn holiday is just behind the corner. I will be spending it in the Irish nature again. I hope it will be super relaxing.
Last week my Slovenian friend Nina (who I know from my time in Bordeaux) decided to pay me a surprise visit, so I took a day off from studying to show her around Versailles and its gardens. Versailles was crowded as usual (it has 6 million visitors each year), so this time I decided to spend more time exploring the gardens and other estates there. I hadn’t seen much of it because the complex is huge! The gardens cover some 800 hectares of land. We walked about 15 km that day. Next time I will surely be taking the small train instead.
So a little bit of history as well. The buildings we visited besides the Versailles château itself were the two Trianons, English gardens and the Queen’s hamlet. The Grand Trianon was built at the request of King Louis XIV of France (1643–1715), as a retreat for himself and his chief mistress at the time. The Petit Trianon was built by the next king, Louis XV, for his mistress. However, it was Marie Antoinette who made the Trianons famous. Upon Louis XVI accession to the throne in 1774, he gave the Petit Trianon château and its surrounding park to his 19-year-old Queen Marie Antoinette for her exclusive use and enjoyment. I really enjoyed the Trianons because there were hardly any tourists there, the interior was bright and colourful and the environment was peaceful and relaxing. I liked it much better than the Versailles château itself.
Behind the Trianons are the English gardens and The Queen’s Hamlet which Marie Antoinette asked to be built for her to escape the luxurious courtyard and enjoy the simple countryside life instead. It became a working farm, directed by a farmer, whose products supplied the kitchens of the Palace. I found it simply beautiful. The houses were the cutest Northern-French style cottages, everything was a bit old but had the perfect amount of character, there was a medium-sized vineyard and all sorts of animals eating the grass that had changed to autumn colours. I can’t wait to visit it again. A nice escape from Paris city-maddness.
A plus tard !