Sunday, 22 March 2009

Le Petit Trianon, acte II, scène II

This, to me, is one of the most beautiful staircases I've known. Easy going steps "à l'italienne", i.e. quite flat, a simple design yet striking with Marie-Antoinette's initials on the railing. It's probably its simplicity that appeals to me! The floor is beautiful marble, but though I did wait for a lull, it never came! Le Petit Trianon's architect was Ange-Jacques Gabriel.
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Ceci est pour moi un des plus beaux escaliers que je connaisse. Des marches faciles "à l'italienne", une rambarde superbe avec les initiales de Marie-Antoinette. C'est sans doute cette beauté toute simple qui me plaît tant ! Le sol est un très beau marbre, j'ai attendu en vain qu'il y ait moins de passage... L'architecte du Petit Trianon fut Ange-Jacques Gabriel.

18 comments:

Dusty Lens said...

An ornate and beautiful staircase you have showm us. Timing is everything with the crowds of tourists. Wonderful photos!

Juergen Kuehn said...

Thank you for these great shots of a grandiose internal staircase.

Guy D said...

That is a gorgeous staircase, awesome photos.

Cheers!
Guy
Regina In Pictures

Jacob said...

There is just something about staircases - I like them all (well almost all). This one is truly special for several reasons, not the least being that Marie A herself used it. And, of course, it is truly magnificent.

Again, thanks for showing us these special photos!

PERBS said...

You have captured it so well also. I, too, enjoyed seeing it.

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Frankie / Nick said...

Agreed, absolutely gorgeous, such fantastic photography from your part of the work.

m_m said...

It is beautiful! I like your perspective!

Small City Scenes said...

Beautiful, as is the whole series so far. MB

Babooshka said...

It is such a beautiful staircase

George Townboy said...

Gorgeous!

And a great thing that Marie Antoinette's initials survived the revolution.

Petrea said...

These are a treat! I wasn't able to visit the Petite Trianon when I was there. Thank you.

Dottie Jo said...

Beautiful, as always!
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Fabrizio - ikol22 said...

I agree. I really love its simple, light design

Clueless in Boston said...

Beautiful iron work on the railing; it is really magnificent.

Cergie said...

C'est vrai qu'il est beau l'escalier "à l'italienne".
Et il est bien ce personnage, il donne l'échelle avec beaucoup de sobriété.
La reine n'a pas été très heureuse dans ces appartements, elle s'en est échappée.

JM said...

Fantastic compositions! Wonderful perspectives!

Virginia said...

You did a grand job photographing this beautiful staircase!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Yes, I like the simple lines too. But some of the decorations are a bit too ornate for me. But that's just me...and I'm a mere peasant. ;-)