Category Archives: Chateaux

Montferrand du Perigord and its 12th Century stone church St. Christophe

I love the Dordogne region for the exquisite beauty of its honey colored towns.  We spent a week in September 2016 in the Abbey village of Cadouin and wanted to explore some of the towns nearby.  Always on the lookout … Continue reading

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Perfect Place for Murder – Commarque Chateau

Martin Walker writes mystery books set in a fictional town in the Dordogne called St. Denis featuring local police chief Benoit ‘Bruno’ Courreges, perhaps modeled on Le Bugue  and its police chief.  I had read several of these books before … Continue reading

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Rambouillet – Summer Palace for the President of France

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 … Continue reading

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Sceaux — Off the Tourist Track

I love cascades and fountains — still have a snapshot of Versailles gardens through the spray of its great fountain taken 20 years ago — and so when I learned of the cascades of Sceaux and that they were running … Continue reading

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Going Medieval: Chateauneuf-en-Auxois

We visited Chateauneuf-en-Auxois because we always liked the gorgeous view of the castle from the toll road. We went there on Fete National – July 14th, which the French do not like people to call Bastille Day — and we … Continue reading

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Vaux-le-Vicomte – Our Last Chateau

Vaux-le-Vicomte is our last chateau — oh I am sure we will stumble across another on our travels and look in, but we will probably not again build a day around seeking out a chateau to visit.  We have driven … Continue reading

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An Hour from Paris -Ecouen – France’s Rennaisance Museum

Annabel Simms wrote a lovely little guide to day trips on public transport near Paris.  She includes instructions for visiting 20 interesting small towns, parks, chateau in easy range of the city.  Chartres, Fontainbleau, Giverny, Chantilly, Versailles and similar well … Continue reading

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