Saturday (and Sunday) strolls continued…

Yesterday I decided to make the most of what looked to be an otherwise dreary day in the capital and ventured out to the town of Rambouillet. Making the most of my free transport within the Ile de France during weekends and bank holidays, I did some research and found an alternative to Versailles in the Chateau de Rambouillet. Although, nowhere near as grand as the Chateau de Versailles, the Chateau de Rambouillet suits anyone looking to avoid the masses and take in the naturous surroundings whilst discovering what is frankly a hidden treasure. Rambouillet is only 40 minutes from Paris Montparnasse (if you get a train with no stops throughout, an hour if you don’t) and boasts a 13th century manor, formerly home from home to Louis XVI who came here mainly for hunting. The grounds are huge and are home to forests, lakes and even sheep! Louis XI had a dairy built here specifically for Marie Antoinette, which she didn’t use that often but all the same, is beautifully decorated with “medallions” of cow inspired illustrations. The chateau is the summer residence of the French president and it’s not hard to see why.

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About mizzdublin

Originally from Dublin and living in Paris just over 6 months now. I'm a free spirit, have a contagious laugh and love sketching and writing and hope to do more of this in the months to come

3 responses to “Saturday (and Sunday) strolls continued…

  1. Love your pictures and your idea. I wondered if Versailles was too crowded and “touristy”…and I had considered Rambouillet or Saint-Germain-en Laye as an alternative for a “day trip very close to Paris.” Have you been to both? Do you like Rambouillet better?

    • Hey! I haven’t been to Saint-German-en-Laye but I think I will put it on my to go list! I would recommend definitely recommend Rambouillet as a day out of Paris, step back in time, walk around the grounds as the kings and queens once did. It’s also so peaceful and it’s refreshing to visit somewhere and feel like you have the place to yourself 🙂 Versailles, is great, I wouldn’t knock it but like most of the big attractions in Paris, you gotta be patient for the crowds!

  2. Lovely photos! We used to stop at Rambouillet for a picnic in the chateau grounds on our way south – it always seemed to be lunchtime when we reached the town…now we press on, and eat in an anonymous aire somewhere south of Paris!!
    We spent a couple of days in Fontainebleu, exploring the chateau, but also the forest – though maybe that’s not so easy to get to without a car.

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