Tuesday, 24 August 2010

La maison de la reine et la maison du billard


So, here we are in the heart of Marie-Antoinette's hamlet. This long building with the round staircase used to be her house and snooker room. It was built by Richard Mique in 1783.
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Nous voici au coeur du hameau de Marie-Antoinette avec la maison de la reine et la maison du billard, construites par Richard Mique en 1783.

28 comments:

Regina K said...

Love your photo's and history. de toute beauté, merci!!!

Bob Crowe said...

Something about Marie-Antoinette playing snooker sounds very strange. No one plays snooker in the US. I see it on television when I am in the UK. It is only marginally better than watching a chess match.

bfarr said...

Nice little cottage. Very pretty.

Halcyon said...

I love these shots! The colors are so vibrant. I think there are worse places a queen could hang out.

tapirgal said...

That is amazing. It's so un-what I would have expected. I'm glad you showed the outside staricase. This pavillion is quite a gem.

Woody said...

Well, I learned a new expression today. I've never heard of billiards referred to as 'snooker'. I like the round staircase and what it's attached to is pretty fine as well.

Tracy said...

Boy, now I can see why she was so out of touch with her subjects.

akarui said...

Jolies photos sur cet endroit tres paisible. Peut etre un echappatoire pour la Reine et ses obligations mondaines.

Paulie said...

Didn't know what snooker was until I read other comments. Beautiful staircase!

T. Becque said...

Beautiful colors, very saturated - nice. It is a "hamlet" isn't it? It's small (for her scale I'm sure) and again, quaint.

Olivier said...

superbe cette maison, le style fait tres maison normande

Randy said...

Amazing place. Wonderful photos.

Lynette said...

The building and grounds are so lovely, but I especially like the look of that sky overhead, sort of a juxtaposition of real life and fantasy life.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

Beautiful place. I have seen the room that they say was her last place that she stayed in the Conciergere in Paris, where she was confined before she lost her head. What a difference that her earlier dwellings. I wonder how she looked back on her life of luxury while awaiting her fate.

Dina said...

This is such a beautiful picture!
And those stairs!

She had a snooker room??

Small City Scenes said...

I would not have expected Marie-Antoinette to have such a charming hamlet. The grounds are beautiful. Thanks for the series. MB

Malyss said...

La dernière fois que j'ai vu l'endroit en vrai, c'etait dans un sale etat. Très belle restauration! par contre, avec le billard, j'apprends un truc! Moi qui associe toujours ça avec des mecs qui fument un cigare ou qui boivent des bières...:)

Kaori said...

How lovely! It looks like a house just happened to grow in the garden :D

VP said...

A Queen playing snooker? The place is so natural and at the same time gorgeous... with an amazing sky!

Cezar and Léia said...

I would not imagine the Queen among this atmosphere of this game, mainly in that time!Very impressive!
Léia

Mo said...

So easy to see why she lived in a fantasy world

brattcat said...

It's so easy to imagine her ascending and descending that staircase in her gown.

B SQUARED said...

I haven't seen a snooker table in years. Would be fun to play a game with her.

cieldequimper said...

@ all: billard or snooker was quite the thing, as was tennis (though of course it wasn't yet called tennis).

Loree said...

I did not know M.Antoinette played billiards. I am sure she had plenty of time on her hands to do so though. A beautiful photo of her little hamlet.

Petrea said...

I enjoy seeing your photo of this. One of my favorite pictures of our trip to France is of my husband sitting on that bench at the foot of that winding staircase.

Cergie said...

C'est vraiment coquet, et bien vert. Au printemps il y a un rosier superbe, un 'Veilchenblau' d'obtention allemande.
La photo du dessus est magnifique : la lumière après ou avant la pluie magnifie la maison de la reine...

James said...

Beautiful! I want to take a picture here. Or several pictures. :)