Amelia slept through the morning when we visited Vaux-le-Vicomte. That stroller must be really comfortable! She woke up in time for lunch and to pass through the gift shop, where she found a ridiculous princess gown. It will be her Halloween costume this year and she has already requested some add-ons: a carriage and an unicorn with rainbow hair to pull the carriage of course!
To create this masterpiece, owner Nicholas Fouquet brought together France's best architect, Louis Le Vau, best painter, Charles Le Brun, and best landscape gardener, André Le Notre. It took 20 years to complete then on the night of August 17, 1661, Fouquet hosted a lavish soirée to honor Louis XIV at his new estate, Vaux-le-Vicomte. Three weeks later he was arrested by the King's musketeer d'Artagnan because of a conspirancy and sent to prison in Pignerol, where he died in 1680.
So stunning! Walking up to the front steps, you can see through the entrance hall and get a glimpse of the garden beyond.
This chateau and its garden are immaculately tended, and the estate extends well beyond what we see. Having no "neighbors" nearby makes it feel special and creates the effect of going back in time.
Perfect place to promenade, n'est-ce pas? That small speck near the statue on the left side of the photo below is me pushing Amelia's stroller.
Woke up in time for lunch.
Things to know:
- Strollers are not allowed inside the château, only on the gardens. However, pushing a stroller on a rock path is harder than tilling earth. Because Amelia was asleep, my mom and I ended up taking turns. She went through the château first while I walked the garden, then we switched. It was actually nice doing that garden first because no one else was there. It was a great opportunity to fantasize what life there was like in the 1600's.
- It is an additional fee (I think 3 euros) to go up the top dome for 360* views.
- You can rent a golf cart for 20 or 40 minutes to drive around the gardens, which goes beyond the hill in the photos.
- Plan for a bit of shopping. It has the best gift shop out of all the places we visited. They carry too many things I actually wanted, like handmade soaps, local candies, and excellent books. The children's costumes are incredible too :)
Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte
77950 Maincy - France
Tél: +33 (0)188.8.131.52.90
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Dr. Ricci Sylla is an ObGyn by profession and avid, snap-happy photographer at all other times. She likes taking pictures mostly of food but since the recent population explosion in her family, cute nieces and nephews show up much more frequently in her Picasa files. She hearts cake, ice cream, macarons, cotton candy and fancy desserts.
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