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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

About the author

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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