Rambouillet is sort of ‘Camp David’ for the French President; it was the summer house for Kings of France, and much loved by Napoleon. Much of his decor including his tiny tiny bathtub is still in evidence. Now the French head of state uses it as a summer house and as a place to entertain foreign dignitaries. Because of its current use, while one may tour when the President is not in residence, it is not possible to take photos inside.
Like most great chateau it has elaborate parks and gardens.
It would be about half an hour from Paris but we missed the fast train and so decided to take the local — spending our waiting time sitting and reading on the slower train rather than hanging around the station.
The chateau and park are about a kilometer from the train station; it is a pleasant stroll through town.
The grounds are lovely
and well used by locals to picnic and fish.
It is a pleasant natural space filled with coots (yes an interlude for ‘bird pictures’ an E-W tradition)
In the English garden this ‘playhouse’ was created for one of the princesses of France. Louis the XVI who preferred Rambouillet also built a play milkmaids barn here for Marie Antoinette as he did at Versailles in hope of assuaging her boredom.
While I was rambling I spotted several interesting game birds — one black bird with a tail much like an American Thanksgiving turkey in white escaped my lens and I have no idea what it was. I did almost capture the pheasants.
Rambouillet is a short trip from Paris– many Parisians live here and commute into town — and offers a pleasant park far from tourist crowds — my chateau tour in French consisted of me and one elderly French couple. A beautiful and peaceful place.