Château de Vaux le Vicomte

Should you find yourself visiting France someday, I highly suggest you put this pretty high on the ‘must see’ list.

Château de Vaux le Vicomte was simply breathtaking. And that’s saying a lot, since by this time in my travels in France, I had already seen quite a bit. Paris never really seemed crowded (except for the Mona Lisa – whoa.) but it was constantly full of people. Speaking anything but English. Château VLV on the other hand…

Not only were Timothy, Christina and myself pretty much the only people there, the grounds are so very vast the place could have thousands and thousands of guests and still have room for thousands more. I’m talking about acres and acres of beautifully manicured gardens, ponds, flowers, statues, and the like.

I highly suggest reading this Wikipedia article about the Chateau.

We ended up meeting Ashley and Cory (and their parents!) at the Chateau for early morning photos in the gardens. When we first arrived, the place was so huge and so few people were there, we actually thought the Chateau was closed and we were REALLY bummed when the taxi dropped us off and disappeared into the horizon. Convinced that we would be exploring a castle today I prepared to climb one of the tall fences and find a way in. Thankfully, just before I made the climb, I saw some construction workers inside! After yelling some broken english, and a few French phrases, we found out where the REAL entrance was (not the front of the chateau… like one would think…) and entered.

Here are a few photos from this epic day. Seriously, the photos don’t do it justice. You’ve got to plan a trip here in person, asap. Also – check out their facebook page, they’re always posting really cool events there!

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