July Love Bugs | Marie Antoinette's Gossip Guide to the 18th Century: July Love Bugs

July 08, 2009

July Love Bugs

In the summer of 1774 Antoinette and Louis were often found together, outdoors, talking, walking and hanging out. Antoinette was recently in receipt of the Petit Trianon, a place she wanted "to do just what I like in it."

That summer the couple enjoyed, with a bit more freedom, the relaxing pleasures of an ideal rural lifestyle. When it was warm and breezy they would be found wandering through the terraces at Versailles and all the while arm in arm.

They would sit out of doors in soft grass together, yes, Marie and Louis! They loved this stuff! There they would talk about things...from whatever Marie wanted to talk about I'm sure, but also about France and political work. I imagine being away from the desk and outside in a beautiful area is rather good grounds for gaining a fresh perspective on work at hand. Sometimes they would eat strawberries with cream and talked about building a dairy near by!


  1. It is so fun to think of them sitting in the grass, eating strawberries and cream! I am so jealous! I wish we had a lawn to sit on (*sigh*)!


  2. I love these two! There's been way too much bad rap on them. They actually loved eachother so much- strong relationship despite the gossip and hatred of others. Beautiful post and photo:) Thanks Lauren:)

  3. It's refreshing to think of them in happy times. Thanks for the reminder.

  4. Wouldn't it be fun to dress up in 18th century fashions and stroll about Versailles...now that would be a dream come true for me!