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Let Them Eat Cake

We visited Versailles in all of it's grandness. The palace is breathtaking and the gardens that surround it are even more so.. King Louie was truly a baller and a shot caller. It's hard to believe that while peasants starved in villages throughout France, Marie Antoinette commissioned the construction of the Petit Hameau, a utopian hamlet with lakes, gardens, cottages, watermills and a farmhouse on the palace grounds. The queen and her ladies-in-waiting dressed up as peasants and pretended to be milkmaids and shepherdesses in their picturesque rural retreat. Marie Antoinette’s elaborate spending on frivolities such as the Petit Hameau infuriated revolutionaries and earned her the moniker “Madame Deficit.” [...]