French elegance in Chantilly

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Like a fairytale castle, Chantilly is surrounded by a vast garden, similar to those of Versailles and Vaux-le-Vicomte but smaller in size. We visited Chantilly back in 2009 and kept an excellent souvenir of the estate. Despite its royal appearance, Chantilly never belonged to the kings of France, but rather to famous noble families that were often related to the monarch. Chantilly is the quintessence of French elegance, revealed by some of our black and white pictures…


French elegance in Chantilly

Originally taken in colour, I thought it might be a good idea to convert some of my photos taken in Chantilly in black and white… Maybe – just maybe! – it will give them a special elegant French touch…

Doing what I love to do with my camera!

Town of Chantilly © French Moments

Me in the town of Chantilly © French Moments

Before heading to the chateau and its domain, we had a little stroll in the streets of the town of Chantilly.

Town of Chantilly © French Moments

Street signs in the town of Chantilly © French Moments

Chantilly © French Moments

Fleur-de-lys railings in Chantilly © French Moments

On our way to the chateau, we couldn’t miss the monumental building of Les Grandes Ecuries (the Great Stables).

Grandes Ecuries, Chantilly © French Moments

Les Grandes Ecuries, Chantilly © French Moments

The domain of Chantilly is accessed via a wrought-iron railing. Check out the fleurs-de-lys at the top:

Chantilly © French Moments

The fleurs-de-lys above the entrance’s railings © French Moments

At the chateau’s entrance:

Chantilly © French Moments

The entrance to the chateau of Chantilly © French Moments

The chateau looks like a romantic castle from a fairy-tale don’t you think?

Chantilly © French Moments

Detail of the chateau © French Moments

We visited the inside the chateau, its library and its fine rooms. There were so many beautiful chandeliers like this one:

Chantilly © French Moments

Chandelier inside the chateau © French Moments

The vast garden of the chateau is divided into several parts: the formal garden, the Norman village, the English garden, and the anglo-chinese garden.

The formal garden was designed by the famous garden architect Le Nôtre.

Chantilly © French Moments

Chateau of Chantilly: the garden © French Moments

The Anglo-Chinese garden includes a little hamlet with timbered houses typical of Normandy.

Chantilly © French Moments

Norman timbered house in the garden, Chantilly © French Moments

The English garden is adorned with the graceful Temple of Venus.

Chantilly © French Moments

Temple of Venus, Chantilly © French Moments

Chantilly © French Moments

Temple of Venus, Chantilly © French Moments

We really enjoyed discovering the gardens and its follies.

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Flower in the garden of the chateau of Chantilly © French Moments

Chantilly © French Moments

A swan in the garden © French Moments

Chantilly © French Moments

Butterfly, garden of the chateau of Chantilly © French Moments

There are magnificent views to the chateau.

Chateau of Chantilly © French Moments

The chateau of Chantilly © French Moments

Chantilly © French Moments

The chateau of Chantilly © French Moments

 


Chantilly: Find out more!

Here’s a short list of websites about Chantilly:

You can easily reach Chantilly by train from Paris Gare du Nord. There is a direct train to Chantilly (Travel time is approximately 25 minutes). On your arrival to Chantilly’s train station, you can either call a taxi or take buses to the site of the castle if you don’t fancy walking across town.

 

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Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. He has a background teaching French, Economics and Current Affairs, and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations, and a degree of Economics and Management. Pierre is the author of the Discovery Course on the Secrets of the Eiffel Tower and the Christmas book "Voyage au Pays de Noël".

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