Versailles Off The Beaten Path

  • along D10 looking at orangerie
    along D10 looking at orangerie
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    passing orangerie on my many rounds
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    perfume of Marie Antoinette

    by gwened Updated Mar 24, 2013
    maison de l'Osmoth��que

    This is it ,it is the depository of all the great perfums that emblem the woman of Versailles and no more personified than on marie antoinette herself.
    A unique conservatory of 1800 perfums including 400 already extinct.
    you have the royal perfum from the 1C, eau de cologne of Napoleon at Ste Héléne, Fougére Royale d(Houbigant (1884), the perfums of Rosine, Coty,Lubin,Piver,Weil,and Patou amongst others.

    Many perfums houses give their scents to be kept here for eternity :!!!!and all is very well conserved in refrigeratted rooms. They have films and presentation onthe art of smells; these last about 2h30 hours and are held on wednesdays afternoons and some saturdays. you need to call and make reservations, the children have their own on wednesdays mornings.

    contact tel +33 (0) 1 39 55 46 99 fax +33 (0) 1 39 55 73 64 or email
    osmotheque@wanadoo.fr

    location is at 36 rue du parc de clagny, you can go on foot from chateau take left on ave de saint cloud, to rue de provence left straight it changes name to rue du parc de clagny, the osmotheque is on your right hand side.takes about 40 minutes on foot. Bu bus you can go to rue de satory off ave Sceaux from the castle and take bus P to gare Chantiers, then bus R to côte de picardie stop, then bus U to parc de clagny about 40 mins too.

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    get rides and tickets

    by gwened Written Mar 24, 2013
    Versailles Events

    to host events, such as birthdays, business meeting, congresses, etc and ride the segway bike tour, and seminars, etc, as well as wine tours, and many other goodies this place at 1 rue de la Paroisse will set you and no need to ask,they will do all for you.

    for the popular segway they have a separate link in English at
    http://www.versaillessegwaytour.com/index.php

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    walk Versailles

    by gwened Updated Mar 24, 2013

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    rue clemenceau
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    yes walk Versailles its easy and plenty of history around it, from being the signature of France support to the American Independance, to the family such as sister Elizabeth of king louis XVI house, to the countess of Provence, to a wonderful library, to the preserve of all perfumes of Marie Antoinette and more at the Osmothéque

    There is a lot more than just a castle even if the best in the world ::)
    webpage below is city of Versailles mayors office or hotel de ville,and the photo is going home in Versailles....where I lived for almost 10 years.grand maisons.

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    Trianons

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Dec 22, 2012

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    Versailles - Trianons
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    Further the way lays near the Big Channel to Big and Small Trianons. These are the small palaces which are being the bottom part of the Versailles park. Usually tourists are left with forces, and they come back to the main building. Don't make it! Go further!
    The Grand Trianon was built in the northwestern part of the Domain of Versailles at the request of Louis XIV, as a retreat for the King and his maîtresse en titre of the time, the marquise de Montespan, and as a place where the King and invited guests could take light meals (collations) away from the strict étiquette of the Court.

    The Grand Trianon is set within its own park, which includes the Petit Trianon (the much smaller château built between 1762 and 1768 during the reign of Louis XV).

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    hotel de ville

    by gwened Updated Aug 10, 2012

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    nightime ready for 2013 year of Le Notre
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    hotel de ville or my city hall, once a nice palace for the prince of Conti, and then the seat of government for the city of Versailles. Once past the staircase with the nice statue upstairs is gorgeous.
    many past by it but dont go in, its a public place. 4 ave de Paris. corner with rue gral de Gaulle. just off your right out of train station rive gauche.

    you know it actually started in 1670 with a nice mansion that extended all the way to where the palace pl d'armes is today! it was sold and eventually in 1723 was purchase by Louis XV to house Louis IV Henri de Bourbon-Condé, duc de Bourbon, Grand Maître de sa Maison. The head master of the house of Bourbons; the city is the owner since 1859, it was completely demolish in 1899 by the then mayor,and was redone a nouveau following the same lines until finally open in November 18, 1900.

    It has beautiful paintings and glorious rooms such as the salle de réception,(reception room), the salle des mariages( marriage room) ,and the hall d'honneur (main honor room)

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    Church St Symphorien

    by gwened Written May 27, 2012

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    a wonderful church in the district or neighborhood of Montreuil a bit up from the castle.
    it is at 2 Place St Symphorien
    it is said that the first church was built here in 560AD,the third church built by the celestins monks was done in 1472AD king Louis XV became owner of these lands and a third church was done in 1754AD This is again enlarged and renovated ,and the church of Montreuil becomes the third parish church in Versailles after the area was finally official annex to Versailles by king Louis XVI in 1787.

    the site of the parish church can show some photos I could not as each time there is in service
    http://saint-symphorien-78.cef.fr/spip.php?article223

    it has two bells, Josephine of 1292 kgs and name by king Louis XV in 1755, coming from the Cathedral of St Louis, and patronised by Marie-Joseph de Saxe, dauphine de France or daughter of the king.

    the other is name Thèrése, 1385 kgs and done in 1781. Coming from the collegiale Notre Dame ,and patronised by Marie-Thérèse d’Artois , wife of comte d'Artois the brother of the king.

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    Grand Commun

    by gwened Written May 19, 2012

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    a beautiful building to the left of the castle when looking it at front, sitiing on ave de l'independance americaine, it used to house the servants of the royal court, was unused for years ,and now a big restoration project is underway for hopefully open it to the public by end of 2013

    I was inside while the project started as volunteer,and it is grand, just cant wait to open another excuse to come back to my beloved city of Versailles. It is 82 x 76 meters.

    It was done between 1682 and 1685 to house the officers's family and courtesans of the court. During the French revolution it served as a weapons factory and then from early 19C the seat of several educational establishments. It became from 1830 a military hospital a function that will conserve until 1986. After this it comes under the protection of the region and it is classify as a historical monument.

    You can see this video of youtube that in French with subtitles in English, show the advancement in the renovation.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gj-8IikVaA4

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    Arboretum

    by gwened Written May 19, 2012

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    welcome center and information to Arboretum
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    beautiful park of ancient and modern trees in what was the Domaine de Versailles of old, in 1927 it was turn into a separate park, updated and renovated after that, it is now a peaceful heaven to picnic and see wonderful trees of old that adorn now or at one time the castle property.

    a nice place on a weekend with the family.
    30 Route de Versailles 78150 Rocquencourt
    from Versailles corner of ave st cloud and ave de l'europe take bus 19 to stop Arboretum.

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    Garden

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Feb 10, 2012

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    Versailles - Garden
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    The southern orchestra of the park which has stretched under apartments of the queen, is decorated by short-haired box trees in the form of pyramids. It is adjoined with an orange and palm grove. Palm trees stand in tubs in summer. 1200 orange trees and palm trees are removing in a greenhouse in winter.

    You can watch my 1 min 42 sec Video Versailles Park part 2 out of my Youtube channel.

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    Huh???

    by garridogal Updated Sep 11, 2009

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    Qui?

    I happened to look out of one of the windows and spied this fake - probably plastic - deer head mounted to an outside wall.

    I know that plastic owls are used to ward off pigeons and other birds. Might the purpose of this fellow be to ward off those pesky flying reindeer?

    I may never know.

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    Queen's Hamlet - All the other buildings.

    by Jerelis Updated Dec 3, 2008

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    The Grotto.

    Marie Antoinette had her own house, which was the only one to be roofed with tiles. The ground floor comprised a single dining room, while the first floor was made up of a guard room, a living room and a games room. Alongside the Queen's House are outbuildings such as the Mill (restored in 1994), the Boudoir, the Warming Room (for the dining room), the Dove Cote, and the Guard's House (now occupied by a grounds gardener). Next to Marlborough Tower (with the finest view of the Queen's House) is a dairy for enjoying diary products, cooled by a stream that runs through it. Too many to name them all ...

    I was trully amazed by all this very special beauty. I never could imagine when I went to the Estate of Versailles that I could end up at a place like this. Once again it's very crusual to take your time to wonder off and go off the beaten path and ignore where all the masses of tourists go. Enjoy!

    Address: Versailles, Yvelines
    Directions: As a part of the Petit Trianon (Marie-Antoinette's Estate) it can be found at far end of the Formal Garden, it's a 10 minute walk.

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    Queen's Hamlet - Around Grand Lac.

    by Jerelis Updated Dec 3, 2008

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    View at the Marlborough Tower.

    When I saw the first buildings I just had to stop and tried to get the correct atmosphere, have a look at it from a distance, before I moved on. Twelve cottages encircled by vegetable and flower gardens were originally arranged around the Grand Lac. A short distance away was the Farm from where the Queen received milk that she served in Paris porcelain in the Refreshements Dairy, which housed a beautiful marble table. This farm was built in 1784 and Marie-Antoinette installed a farming couple from the Touraine region, along with their two children. They were charged with supplying the queen with eggs, butter, cream and cheese, for which they disposed of cows, goats, farmyard animals. Can you believe it?

    I didn't know where to continue my walk, I definately wanted to see all the beautiful houses. The problem was that they were plced in no particular order and sometimes a bit difficult to get to. But anyway ... I just went on with it! Quite obvious to spot is the Fishery, also known as the Marlborough Tower, which was the first construction in the Hamlet (1783).

    Address: Versailles, Yvelines
    Directions: As a part of the Petit Trianon (Marie-Antoinette's Estate) it can be found at far end of the Formal Garden, it's a 10 minute walk.

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    Queen's Hamlet - A Picturesque Little Village.

    by Jerelis Updated Dec 3, 2008

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    The Queen's House at the hamlet.

    This for sure is 'off the beaten path'! I hiked my way around the sites of the Grand Trianon and later on the Petit Trianon. After that I entered the Formal Garden en just kept on walking. It nearly look that there was no end to this ... and all of a sudden I saw this picturesque little village showing up at the horizon. The sky was all blue, there were other people around and I thought that I found my way to this beautiful fairytale wonderland!

    I read the brochure and learned that part of the grounds near the Trianon were chosen by Marie-Antoinette as the site of a lakeside village, a crucial feature of picturesque landscape gardens then so fashionable among Europe's aristocracy. In 1783, Richard Mique built this amusement village where the queen played at being a shepherdess. And an amusement village it was. The houses in this little village were built in the rustic half-timbering seen on farms in Normandy or old inner cities in Germany, but the interiors were endowed with the latest technical and decorative refinements. Just amazing to have come here ... off the beaten path, a long walk to get there ... but worth every step I took.

    Address: Versailles, Yvelines
    Directions: As a part of the Petit Trianon (Marie-Antoinette's Estate) it can be found at far end of the Formal Garden, it's a 10 minute walk.

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    More on the King's Private Apartments

    by hquittner Written Mar 4, 2008

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    The King's Staircase
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    The apartments came about because Louis XV was a very private person. To ensure his privacy, he had a private entrance created. Both he and his son (XVI) were studious and collectors of fine things and their proper decorations, as the objects in the pictures show.

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    The King's Private ("Petits") Apartments

    by hquittner Written Mar 3, 2008

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    Louis XVI Study
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    If you want to spend the entire day at Versailles you should certainly enroll in an additional guided tour of a palace area that is not routinely open to the public. It will probably include a visit to the downstairs of the Royal Chapel and the Opera. Ours was also to the inner private apartments occupied by the King, Queen, older children and other royal consorts. Each occupant remodelled their apartment to their tastes and the present restorations are selectively filled with original (or equal) items. It is quite a display of interior decoration! The room most interesting to us is called the Clock Cabinet. We include also a glimpse of the private study-library of Louis XVI. More pictures and comment are in a Travelogue.

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