Monday, July 18, 2011
I don't know if that amazing house up there has WiFi. It might. It has just about everything else you could ever want.
Except for central air conditioning.
That's the Grand Trianon, the smaller palace just down the road from the monstrously big Versailles. It was built for Louis XIV's secret wife.
I'm telling ya, Henry the VIII of England, he of the multiple wives~head chopping~annulment fame has got nothin' on the French kings. Now there's a reality show for you.
Back to Louis the XIV's secret wife. Her name was Francoise d'Aubigne. Her life story is quite fascinating, even before you get to the part that she married one of the most influential French kings. Their marriage was not officially recognized because she was of much lower class rank. But married they were and the Grand Trianon is the home Louis XIV built for his wife, an exquisite piece of architecture just a short walk from the enormous and gilded walls of Versailles.
I'm nothing if not practical when choosing my chateaus....