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.