Walking Tour of Maisons-Laffitte with our friends from Sydney

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We have a French saying: “Après la pluie, le beau temps” that means ‘After the rain comes the fine weather’. This was particularly true today on a walking tour of Maisons-Laffitte with our friends from Sydney, Australia. This morning we met up with Denis and Felicity in our residential suburb under a generous warm sun!


Walking Tour of Maisons-Laffitte

To be honest with you, we had enough of this:

Flooded street in Maisons-Laffitte © French Moments

Flooded street in Maisons-Laffitte © French Moments

and of this:

Paris floods on the 4th June 2016 © French Moments

Paris floods on the 4th June 2016 © French Moments

without forgetting this:

The Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower on the 4th June 2016 © French Moments

The Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower on the 4th June 2016 © French Moments

Today was a special day. After too many rainy days we were blessed with this:

Summer is coming to Maisons-Laffitte from the gardens © French Moments

Summer is coming to Maisons-Laffitte from the gardens © French Moments

Let’s face it, it’s beginning to look a lot like SUMMER!!!

This was perfect to meet up with Denis and Felicity for their first time in Maisons-Laffitte. We started our tour at the RER station and walked up to the entrance of the park.

Pierre with Felicity and Denis from Sydney at Maisons-Laffitte © French Moments

Pierre with Felicity and Denis from Sydney at Maisons-Laffitte © French Moments

We entered the peaceful little streets of the Vieux-Maisons on our way to the chateau.

A secret corner in the old part of Maisons-Laffitte © French Moments

A secret corner in the old part of Maisons-Laffitte © French Moments

Another charming corner in the old part of Maisons-Laffitte © French Moments

Another charming corner in the old part of Maisons-Laffitte © French Moments

A peaceful street in the old part of Maisons-Laffitte © French Moments

A peaceful street in the old part of Maisons-Laffitte © French Moments

Although the inside of the chateau was closed (it always does on Tuesdays), the grounds were opened. We took plenty of photos of the astonishing neo-Classical edifice.

A typical view of the chateau of Maisons-Laffitte we can never take for granted! © French Moments

A typical view of the chateau of Maisons-Laffitte we can never take for granted! © French Moments

The château of Maisons-Laffitte from the gardens © French Moments

The château of Maisons-Laffitte from the gardens © French Moments

The château of Maisons-Laffitte from the gardens © French Moments

The château of Maisons-Laffitte from the gardens © French Moments

The old Romanesque church of Maisons-Laffitte © French Moments

The old Romanesque church of Maisons-Laffitte © French Moments

We continued across the park dotted with magnificent manors and villas.

An Art Nouveau villa in the Petit-Parc, Maisons-Laffitte © French Moments

An Art Nouveau villa in the Petit-Parc, Maisons-Laffitte © French Moments

Beautiful red poppies in the Park of Maisons-Laffitte © French Moments

Beautiful red poppies in the Park of Maisons-Laffitte © French Moments

Astonishing stables in the park of Maisons-Laffitte © French Moments

Astonishing stables in the park of Maisons-Laffitte © French Moments


Great lunch at Les Cocottes de chez Blanchet

And we came back to the centre of Maisons-Laffitte and ate at a restaurant called ‘Les Cocottes de chez Blanchet‘. It is so nice to be served fresh food prepared on site and I can only recommend it on your visit to Maisons-Laffitte.

Poultry dish at Les Cocottes de chez Blanchet in Maisons-Laffitte © French Moments

Poultry dish at Les Cocottes de chez Blanchet in Maisons-Laffitte © French Moments

Homemade hamburger and fries at Les Cocottes de chez Blanchet in Maisons-Laffitte © French Moments

Homemade hamburger and fries at Les Cocottes de chez Blanchet in Maisons-Laffitte © French Moments

Chocolate Paris-Brest at Les Cocottes de chez Blanchet in Maisons-Laffitte © French Moments

Chocolate Paris-Brest at Les Cocottes de chez Blanchet in Maisons-Laffitte © French Moments

Crème Brûlée at Les Cocottes de chez Blanchet in Maisons-Laffitte © French Moments

Crème Brûlée at Les Cocottes de chez Blanchet in Maisons-Laffitte © French Moments

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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. In 2014 he moved back to Europe from Sydney with his wife and daughter to be closer to their families and to France. He has a background teaching French 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.

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