Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Castles near Paris: Barbizon, Fontainbleau, Vaux-le-Vicomte

Head south east for a day trip to the charming village of Barbizon, an artistic centre since the 19th century, and then on the forest to the Castle of Fontainebleau, favourite residence of French kings and emperors.

You can then head to Vaux-le-Vicomte. A masterpiece of unrivalled modernity and elegance in the 17th century, Vaux le Vicomte even inspired the young Sun King to build Versailles! It features richly furnished and decorated state rooms and private apartments, a formal garden designed by André Le Nôtre, and a superb collection of vintage cars and carriages in the superintendent's stables.


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