The Petit Trianon was built between 1762 and 1768 for the use of Louis XV and his mistress Madam de Pompadour, Unfortunately she died in 1764 and it was her successor Madam de Berry who got to enjoy it. Here they could come to get away from the suffocating formality of the French Court. In 1774 Louis XVI gave it to his wife Marie Antoinette and it became her favorite residence. It was turned into a museum dedicated to her memory by the Empress Eugenie in 1867.
Security is high all over Versailles and our bags and ourselves went through metal detectors at every different location. The room you enter into was the former billiard room and after passing security you go upstairs for your self guided tour.
The ante chamber is the first room you enter and the stunning Viger Lebrun portrait of Marie Antoinette with a rose dominates the room. From here you go to the large and small dining rooms. The large dining room has a very pretty bust of Marie Antoinette. The small dining room has portraits of Louis XV and Madam du Pompadour.
My favorite rooms were the bedroom and the private sitting room. I loved the upholstery on the furniture. There is no bed in the bedroom, it has long since disappeared never to be seen again. There is a writing desk that belonged to the Queen though.
There are about 10 rooms in total that you visit. This is small but very charming. Now you wait for the tram or walk over to the Grand Trianon.
February 12, 2002
From journal Paris- Beyond the Obvious