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Cottages at the Beach

I'm unpacking and catching up on laundry since returning from  our annual vacation with my husband's family. We always have a great time and I love that we have this tradition. It's such a cute little beach town and I always enjoy taking long walks and looking at the charming houses. Want to come along?

The house above has its red, white and blue going on  all ready to celebrate. Adirondack chairs always look great and I think they look very inviting on the front porch.

I like how neat and tidy this pretty blue house looks. The landscaping isn't anything extravagant but it looks great. In the picture below you can see the pretty, soft light green on the screened door and the same color is on the door to the house as well.

Here's another screened door that is just so charming. The little spindles in the center are painted the two  colors of the house - such a great idea.

The red door on this house really stands out. A lot of the houses have screened in porches on t…

Marie Antoinette's Hamlet at Versailles

One of my favorite days from our trip to Europe last summer was the day we went to Versailles.
The royal castle and gardens are truly magnificent and beyond anything you could imagine, but
they were not the thing I enjoyed the most.

The part I enjoyed the most was a little ways beyond the main castle.
It was down a quiet and peaceful meandering path.
It's the place known as Marie Antoinette's Hamlet.

The hamlet was a small farm built as a rustic retreat for Marie Antoinette.
It is made up of several buildings and cottages which surround a small lake.

This is where she could escape her responsibilities and the strict confines of the palace.
It was a place where she could act out her fantasies.

Every cottage is surrounded by beautiful flowers and perfectly manicured gardens.

Picket fences and little gates just added to the charm and quaint feeling of the farm.

The weather was perfect that day with warm temperatures and a pleasant breeze.
I could have stayed there all day . . . or longer even.

Walking around that day felt so calm and peaceful, like I had been swept away to the
most charming farm in the beautiful countryside of France.

If you ever have the opportunity to visit Versailles, be sure to make your
way to The Queen's Hamlet.  I just know you will love it.

If you would like to read more about The Hamlet, visit Magali at her blog,
The Little White House On The Seaside.  You see, Magali actually grew up near
Versailles, so she is definitely more of an expert than I. 
 You can read her fun and interesting post HERE.

Thanks a bunch for visiting!

- joining -


  1. What a wonderful place to retreat! I can only imagine what a special place you found there. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  2. What a magnificent place! :)

  3. What a beautiful place. I love the stone that they use for their homes and cottages. What a fun trip you had. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Wow, so charming! What a beautiful place to visit.

  5. Wow, so charming! What a beautiful place to visit.

  6. Thank you so much for mentioning my post on the Queen's hamlet. Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous!

  7. Absolutely beautiful! I've always wanted to go to Paris and see things like this. I'm also having a good time on your Kitchens button at the top. Some great eye candy there and many wonderful ideas!

  8. Well just dang. I went there in 1995 and didn't even know about this then. WELL I just have to make a trip to go back now, eh? This is just the sweetest - that thatched roof cottage is what dreams are made of, oui?

  9. Such lovely photos of a magical place! I follow Magali and have read her posts about the history of this hamlet and it's a place I would love to tour! Thanks for sharing your photos with us!

  10. This is a beautiful post...the photos are amazing..a beautiful trip..

  11. These photos are absolutely beautiful!!! I hope to visit there someday. Definitely on my bucket list!! : )

    ~ Wendy


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