The last palace of Paris
Last week I went to Paris for an amazing event with my company. However, one place impressed me more than the others: it was the Grand Trianon, built in 1687 for Louis XIV. The interior was truly fascinating. The apartments opposite the gardens have white wood panels, easier to maintain all for insulation. During the time of Louis XIV there were apartments for him, the queen, his favourite Madame de Maintenon, his granddaughter, Duchesse de Bourgogne, and a Salle de Theatre. The king often changed apartments. The visit includes rooms on both sides of the courtyard, and while the decoration is largely Louis XIV, the rooms are richly furnished, mainly in 19th-century pieces. Empress Josephine’s Boudoir contains a gondola-shaped sofa, and next to it is the mirrored Salon des Glaces. The Salon des Colonnes is one of the most beautiful rooms in the Trianon, and contains Napoleon’s bed (1809) from the Tuileries. The Antichambre de la Chapelle was transformed in 1691, but still contains a small sanctuary. Beyond the peristyle in the north wing, the Salon Rond contains paintings entitled Flowers and Fruit of America by Desportes. At the time of Louis XIV, this served as a vestibule opening onto a theatre which stood here until 1703, and the apartment was further transformed in the 18th and 19th centuries. The Salon de Musique and Grand Salon precede the Salon des Malachite, with a malachite bowl given by Alexander I of Russia after the Treaty of Tilsit in 1807. The Salon Frais was built to protect fragile blooms in the upper garden, and has four Views of Versailles, by J.-B. Martin. The Gardens of Versailles and Trianon at the time of Louis XIV, most by jean Cotelle (1645-1708) and his brother, in the adjoining gallery, were valuable documents for the restoration of the bosquets. The Salon des jardins faces the Grand Canal and the Salon des Sources has Views of Versailles by P-D. Martin (1663-1742) and Charles Chastelain (1672-1740). The Appartement de l’Empereur (guided visit only) at the time of Louis XIV was used by Mme de Maintenon, and in 1741 by Stanislas Leszczynski, and subsequently by Mme de Pompadour, and Napoleon with Marie-Louise. It’s funny, thinking about all these celebrities who lived in the place. Sometimes during the visit, you feel thrills at this idea. Finally, one word about the DMC agency who organised our event: it was perfect. If you’re looking for a MICE agency, I recommend you this one that you can find on our list of websites we like.