Out the back of the main palace at Versailles there is a large man-made lake and strange, obviously newer, archway.
From that vantage point you can see about a third of the way across the property, to the next large body of water–this one with a statue of Poseidon.
Instead of walking straight down the middle, we opted for the “scenic” route, through the hedge not-actually-a-maze area.
By the time we made it half way through the hedges we were already a little turned around.
At the end of the hedges you can look back up the hill to the palace,
or to the left to see the lake where you can rent a rowboat, if you’re so inclined.
We didn’t stop, but kept walking down to the Grand Trianon, which is about half way up the huge T-shaped canal.
But since we were looking for Marie Antoinette’s cottage, we took a right and kept on walking.
We found this nice little place, which might have been in the Petit Trianon, but I’m honestly not sure anymore. There are a much of confusingly-similar looking buildings, and they’re all very nice.
In any case, it was not Marie Antoinette’s cottage, so we kept going.
After walking for a while we stumbled upon this little place,
which turned out to be part of the Queen’s Hamlet, a quaint little village and farm modeled in the English style.
After a while we found this building, but couldn’t figure out where it was on the map.
So we kept walking.
Then we came to a big road, which seemed promising, and took it in what was probably the right direction.
But then we just ended up here.
We found this pretty little house, but it also wasn’t identifiable on the map.
Eventually we found this other big building, which we were really hoping was the cottage…
but it wasn’t.
It was just the back of something we’d seen before.
Moral of the story: If you go to Versailles, bring a print-out of google maps satellite view with all the main bits marked. And consider shelling out for one of the little tourist trains to cart you around.