Versailles’ gorgeous atmosphere and strict etiquette exhausted The Queen and she requested to build a small village near the Petit Trianon with a farm, a mill, a dovecote, a pond, and a house that was way cozier than the castle. The atmosphere reminded Marie of her childhood where she’d spent time playing with her family and pets in the garden.
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In her own village, The Queen enjoyed dressing as a young shepherdess or milkmaid and taking strolls with her children and closest friends. We presume this made her really happy. After the French Revolution, the village was abandoned. Today, it is renovated and open to the public.