They had no Cups! Shocking really, but pure Chantilly whipped cream on home-made(fait maison) melon ice cream can not be passed up on a gorgeously sunny day at Chateau de Chantilly right?
Go to Gare du Nord.
Then try to find the special train to Picardie. It will be upstairs in the main hall for the Grands Lignes.
Do not bother with the RER - double the time and complicated.
Chantilly is the second stop and takes around 25 minutes (costs about 8,50 euros). There is a shuttle bus in the bus parking lot nearby. Follow the crowds.
Why didn't I buy this divine mouse pad with an overview of the chateau?
One can go for a quiet contemplative visit at Chantilly.
Or attend the 3-day huge gardening event, Les Journees des Plantes de Courson a Chantilly. For someone who does not have a 'Green thumb' I go to lots of gardening events in France. But they are spectacularly beautiful. Has anyone been to Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire Festival International des Jardins? I'm thinking of going..
I would love to paint these shaped hedges.
And I definitely need Champagne tables made from pitchforks too. Who doesn't?
Attendees were carting off loads of gorgeous plants. Love this event description: Pour perpétuer la passion du jardin et de la diversité végétale.
On inside the chateau surrounded by lakes.
I don't think I've visited since 2008.
The theme of Chantilly is La Chasse.
Décor is stunning.
The world famous art collection belonging to the Prince de Condes is nothing to sniff at either.
Crowded as the event was, there are still many rooms to explore in peace, You can easily imagine yourself a princess-in-residence at Chantilly.
Views out the windows are enthralling.
A grand library.
Full of flower prints.
There were certainly plenty of peonies on offer in the tents.
You can see more of my chateau pictures on Flickr.
Chantilly info is here.
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