Monday, 4 May 2015

Château de Sceaux - A Well Kept Parisian Secret

France is home to countless beautiful palaces, châteaux and perfectly landscaped gardens stretching out into the distance. However the majority of them happen to be a little further out from Paris. A well kept Parisian secret I recently visited was the Château de Sceaux, located in Parc de Sceaux, south of City of Light. 

It's a perfect little getaway not too far away from Paris and a stunning place for a picnic and leisurely stroll, (or a 5km run and then an espresso shot at one of the kiosks on site if that's more your thing!).

Surrounding the sumptuous château grounds designed by talented landscape architect André Le Nôtre is the Parc de Sceaux. It's a day trip or even an afternoon trip you can easily incorporate into your Parisian sejour. Best of all, the entry fee into the park is free and the RER train ticket will only set you back a few euros.  

Le Nôtre was the landscape architect behind several other famous French gardens namely: the Tuileries, Versailles, Vaux le VicomteFontainebleau (my other two 'off the beaten track' recommendations). While Tuileries can feel a little urban being based smack bang in the centre of Paris, Versailles a little touristy, crowded and pricey, and Vaux le Vicomte and Fontainebleau just a little too far, Sceaux is the perfect combination. 

Easy to get to, free to get in, relatively close to Paris, way less crowded and much more authentic in effect. 

You'll get a nice taste of what it feels like to be wandering around your private 181 hectare French estate when you stumble across scenes like this..  

And this..

Not to mention this.. 
(that's me pretending to walking around my private French estate!)

Best of all, if you drop by during the month of April, you can head to one of the two cherry blossom gardens located at Parc de Sceaux to witness scenes like this.. 

And indulge in a little bit of this..!

Château de Sceaux
Parc et Musée d'Ile-de-France
Domaine de Sceaux
Sceaux 92330

Phone 01 41 87 29 50

How to get there - hop on the RER B (direction Robinson) from Denfert-Rochereau for about 20 minutes - it will take you to the Parc de Sceaux station which is a 10-15 minute walk to Parc de Sceaux. You can also get off at Bourg la-Reine station.

For more information concerning the opening hours of the museum, art gallery, boutique, restaurant click here.

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