Tuesday, 14 January 2014

French Château of the Month - Vaux le Vicomte (Part II)

Following on from my last post, here's a mini tour of the interior of Château Vaux le Vicomte. Think high ceilings, roaring fireplaces in stately ornate baroque-era rooms and glittery overwhelming Christmas displays that will leave you feeling just slightly dizzy. 



Where's the actual tree?







The Grand Salon


The dome





When you walk through all the different rooms and salons, you feel transported back into the 17th century. You realise that the steps you are taking are perhaps similar to the ones Louis XIV took (although he was a king), or maybe the ones that D'Artagnan took (although he was about to arrest Nicolas Fouquet), or maybe more like famous poet/fabulist Jean de la Fontaine's steps. Yes, more like a poet's steps. 



I got a bit snap happy with this room. I blame those alluring Ladurée macaron towers..

And now we move onto less fancy dining for the staff. Much simpler and much more humble but for some reason I love this dining area in the kitchen just as much, if not more. 



Maybe it's the hexagonal tiling that I'm drawn to. 


Or maybe it's those shiny pots. 


Lastly before we left the château, I noticed this sign: 


Totally explains why there were loads of cute little kids walking around the château in 17th century ball gowns and suits and hats and accessories that I had to refrain myself from photographing! Partly because I'm sure their accompanying parents wouldn't appreciate a complete stranger taking photos of their children, but also partly because I was a tiny bit jealous I didn't have my own costume. 

Château Vaux le Vicomte is definitely up there with my favourites. It's more intimate than the larger castles with hordes of tourists shuffling through from room to room like Versailles, it's very informative and meticulously restored, there's even a candle-lit evening tour available and at Christmas it's a real feast for the eyes. 

Best of all, if you're a kid, you get to wear COSTUMES..!


PS Random trivia about Vaux le Vicomte:
* Vaux le Vicomte was used in the film "The Man in the Iron Mask" with Leonardo DiCaprio, "Marie-Antoinette" with Kirsten Dunst and an old Bond film "Moonraker" with Roger Moore
* The castle is available for hire (think the wedding of Eva Longoria and Tony Parker)


9 comments:

  1. Hi Nhan,

    You've made Château Vaux le Vicomte look amazing though the lens of your camera. It's brings a smile to my face enjoying France vicariously through your blog. Looking forward to the next one. The French have amazingly timeless style.

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    1. Thanks Daniel, I'm glad you enjoyed this post! It's one of my favourite castles, if only I was allowed to wear a costume..

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  3. These photos are amazing! I too love the staff dining room much better - great minds think alike.
    Thank you for taking us on a journey through this beautiful chateau.

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    1. I KNEW you'd prefer the rustic looking second dining room!

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  4. Hi Nhan! I'm an American Hmong-Vietnamese girl living in Paris. Would love to meet up if thats ok with you and chat about what you know and your experience here. The expat experience is so different and varies, its really interesting. Please email me if you'd like to grab a cafe daisybelle.nguyen@gmail.com

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    1. Sounds great Daisy..! Will definitely send you an email as I'd love to hear about your expat experiences too!

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  5. Hey Nhan, Your blog is fantastic. I'm an American of vietnamese-hmong ethnicity living in paris. would love to meet up for a coffee and hear about your expat experience. if you're interested shoot me an email! daisybelle.nguyen@gmail.com

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    1. I love how the two comments are slightly different :) looking forward to meeting you in person!

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