With many of you planning to visit Paris over the summer, I thought you may like an idea for an easy day excursion, with something to please everyone in your group of family or friends.
Of course we all love Paris in the summer, the temperatures are pleasant without being too hot or humid, conditions are ideal for sitting outside a café or bistro and watching the world go by as you enjoy a long and lazy meal. But now and again it’s good to leave the city and search for a dose of culture in a more rural setting.
Last week, as part of my floral tour, we spent a day at the Château de Chantilly, it’s less than an hour from the center of Paris but I hadn’t been there for years, and frankly had forgotten just how wonderful it is.
The medieval château (that was rebuilt after the revolution by the Duc d’Aumale) appears to float upon its own lake. The park is huge and includes a fantastic classical French garden designed by André Le Nôtre; a beautiful park with century old trees; stables that you and I would happily make our home, and a full sized racecourse, that hosts horse races through the spring and summer.
The Duc d’Aumale rebuilt the château to house his astounding collection of artwork and books, and as he died without an heir, left it open to the public as the Musée de Condé.
Today you can visit the living apartments in the château, the stables and the grounds, and if you visit in May as we did, you even get a beautiful plant fair as a bonus!
And if you’d like to stay a little longer, maybe linger over dinner, or stay the night and explore more of the area then there is even a hotel that is part of the Château domaine, the Auberge du Jeu de Paume, with a fine restaurant and beautiful rooms.
And the best way to get here? …. well, I can help you here too. When we travel it is good to have a little help from someone reliable, with local knowledge. I am happy to recommend the services of Michel, who drives for all my tours and who as well as speaking good english, being incredibly thoughtful and a true gentleman, is also a pretty snazzy dresser!
If you are looking for reliable chauffeur driven transport for you or your family on your next trip to France, then send Michel an email HERE, or check out his website HERE. His prices are reasonable and his service faultless. With Michel everything becomes easy to organise as he offers a conciergerie service as well as that of chauffeur.
Whether you want to visit a château in the Loire valley, buy champagne in Reims, tour Paris or come out to see me in Normandy, Michel is the man to turn to. Happy planning!