i recently came across the picture when i was browsing on the net (in the few spare times that i have) and i instantly fell in love with this picture. the girl’s gorgeous, but i’m more attracted to the blurry rows of neatly squared trees that were in the backdrop of this picture.
the whole setting reminds me of Pemberley, Mr. Darcy’s home, in the movie Pride and Prejudice. however, after further ‘research’, i found out that the picture was not taken at Chatsworth house… this is the Grand Trianon in Versailles. but i could’ve sworn there was something that, at the very least, was very similar from both architecture.
that on the above is the picture of the Grand Trianon. it was built by request from King Louis XIV as a retreat, and a place for the king to invite guests for light meals (oh gosh, light meals? when we’re talking about a 5-course meal?) basically, a recreational ‘house’ (palace more likely) for the king. it was then used to house the various dukes and duchesses and now is a residence to ‘visiting foreign dignitaries’– what that means exactly, i don’t know… but i guess, simplified, it will read: ‘important foreign people’. shall google it.
this on the other hand, is the Chatsworth house (what is with all these understatements? this is seriously not a ‘house’ -_-). Located in Derbyshire, this house was the home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, a title long held by the Cavendish family which is deemed to be one of the richest and most influential aristocratic family in England since the 16th century.
one in France, one in England, but both very very beautiful architectures. i shall go there someday.
but the thing about traveling is that you don’t just need the guts. you need the money.