Thursday, February 11, 2010

Marie Antoinette's Hamlet at Versailles

After traipsing through the over-the-top opulence of Marie Antoinette's main residence in Versailles it was a pleasure to walk down the steps and stroll across this amazing historic property over to the charming hamlet she created as her escape from the formalities of Louis XVI's court.

Here she created her own world...

It was so serene, right out of a story book,
it felt a bit surreal to be exploring, and snapping photos to share, with almost no one else around, just the farm animals who didn't seem to mind at all.

Here is my thought as I write this post...
about a woman who lived over 200 years ago.
It seems to me women have been creating their own realities for years,
knowing their own well being and that of their families depended on it.
Charles Lindbergh's wife, and mother of 5 children, Anne Morrow Lindbergh comes to mind and the beloved book she wrote in 1955 the "Gift from the sea".

She understood the need for balance in our lives and time to one's self.
She took herself off to the seashore every year to replenish and nurture her soul.

May we learn from their lives, and enrich our own.

1 comment:

  1. I never knew of her little cottage behind Versailles! My husband says he knew she liked going there a "playing poor." I had never heard about it. I found Versailles austere but next time I go back to Paris I will make a trip there just to see this lovely home.