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Frankreich besuchte ich mit einem Teil meiner Familie im Sommer 2012. Der Anlass war der Geburtstag meines kleinen Neffens. Ich habe ihn zum 6. fuer 2 Naechte ins Disneyland eingeladen. Es war sein 1. Mal und er war begeistert.
I have visited France for the very fist time in summer 2012 with apart of my family. I have invited my lil nephew for his 6th birthday to Disneyland for 2 nights.It was his first Disney experience and he just loved it.
updated February 11, 2016
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(Castle) Château de Vaux-Le-Vicomte
Von Deutschland nach Paris mit dem Zug / From Germany to Paris with the train...
Ey, was fuer ein Bus? SAUF BUS??? :-)
October 2, 2014
Eglise Saint Etienne,
Die Kirche ist aus dem Jahr 1664. In 1880 wurde das Dach auf Stil aus dem 14. Jh. restoriert. Die Treppe stammt aus dem 12. Jh, Das Portal und der Altar stammen aus der Renaissance.
Die Kapelle und die Fenster sind aus dem 17. Jh.
Leider ist mal wieder auch diese Kirche geschlossen. Von Innen konnte ich es somit leider nicht besichtigen.
(Castle) Château de Vaux-Le-Vicomte
The palace was built from 1658 to 1661 for Nicolas Fouquet, the superintendent of finances of Louis XIV. Foquet for the first time brought together the team of Louis Le Vau, André le Nôtre, and Charles Le Brun to create the palace. This trio started the "Louis XIV style". The king himself hired them to create Versailles.
Foquet was kinda quite dumb in inviting also the king Louis to a big party at the newly built castle. I guess he wanted to show off. The king got jealous as this castle was equipped with such luxury and more prestige than the one of the king. Fouquet was shortly arrested for supposed embezzlement, and was sentenced to life. The house was later owned by Marshal Villars, the family of Duke of Praslin, and Alfred Sommier. The castle was abandoned for about 30 years. Then it was auctioned off to the family of the curren owners Patrice and Cristina de Vogüé, the Comte et Comtesse de Vogüé. Thanks to the recent owners the house and gardens has been restored to it's current beautiful state.
A tip ahead. When you enter the gardens, there is on the right hand side of the castle a place where you can rent a golf cart to drive around the premisses. I would recommend it!
The garden is kinda big and you can also drive to the end and around to go to the other side of the river!
view back from the steps of the front of the castle
Going inside the castle
view out of the window
The castle was also used as a “hospital” in the times of war. There are pictures and other items on display.
Paying an extra 3 Euros to go up the Dome to enjoy the view. As you can see from the pic below, the part above the dome to the tower is made of wood.
The current owner cannot take care of all parts of the castle/house. The current owner’s family lives in the castle. They have their so called appartment here.
As you will see, some parts of the building are still in demand of repair. The family also sells their high priced books from the old library in order to get some money for
restoration of the castle.
most of the ceilings are painted. I would say, all the rooms are a bit too much in my taste.
This big room is in the center of the castle like a welcoming room overlooking the entrance and the back doors to the huge garden.
During christmas time, they will have here a huge christmas tree which you can enjoy during your tour.
as you can see, in the middle is a big screen hidden to show a renaissance “movie”. Looks like the welcoming reception line.
The older brother of King Louis was captured over 30 years!
the back of the castle
Unfortunately, the garden is covered by dump of some sort of animals. The water is also real dirty. All covered by alga. The poor fish in those ponds.
It really looks like that there is not much money to cover all work here. But you can still see some gardeners trying to get the work done.
At the end of the garden you will get to a huge fountain which is only operated on special days. Here, the river crosses the premises. You would be able to drive around and on the other side if you chose to rent the electrical car.
From all angles, you will have such great views and pic opportunities of the castle.
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