Domaine de Chantilly – I
Musée Condé – Château – exterior
Boasting much of the grandeur of Versailles, but without the hordes*, Chantilly is a 30-minute train ride north from Paris’ Gare du Nord. The estate and its grounds have a history extending back to the late 1400s, with the Grand Canal designed by André Le Nȏtre, “future gardener of Versailles,” in 1671-1673.
Watch this space for a future posting with photos of the interior.
* … yet. Chantilly is beginning to see an uptick in tourism, especially with a lot of fairly recent restoration to the château and the grounds, and with the recently completed Auberge du Jeu de Paume, a luxury hotel just inside the medieval town gate.
photos by markcareaga, April 2013