From Place To Space: Château de Chantilly

28 July 2014 1


A few weeks ago I traveled to Paris not to stay in town. From Paris I headed north to the Picardy and – more precisely – the Oise department. This region is just about 35 kilometers north of Paris but you will find yourself in the middle of a beautiful countryside, far away from the bustling city life in Paris. Wide and golden cornfields, little villages and towns scattered along the Oise river, sunny glades and a gem of the French nation and its history: the Château de Chantilly.

Many insiders claim that it is way better to go and visit the Château de Chantilly than the over-famed and tourist-drowned Versailles. Now since I have never been to Versailles (so far), I can not confirm or neglect that stance, but I can surely recommend a trip to the beautiful Chantilly castle. The château is not too big thus a pleasant sight to visit without being overwhelmed by endless rooms and exuberant decor. The Château de Chantilly is interesting in different aspects: first of all it is magnificent as a sight itself including its vast gardens and stables. It also hosts a rich collection of art, ceramics, decorative objects and it showcases many important moments of the French history. Plus the castle is located just at the outskirts of Chantilly town, a charming little town, somewhat sleepy but nonetheless quaint. 

After the visit to the Château de Chantilly I continued on a little road trip around the Oise department. Little villages like Ermenonville look so peaceful and give the impression as if time has stood still for a while. You can wander around and discover lots of beautiful nature, charming cafés, old abbeys and romantic churches. Who knew that the countryside is just a 40 minutes drive from buzzing Paris? Even though I am a city boy, I really love countryside escapes from time to time. And after this one I know I need more French countryside escapes in my life. Let’s make it a mission and – as always – I will take you along. If you like of course. Happy Monday, friends!

Photography by Igor Josifovic

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  • Reply Judith 28 July 2014 at 09:02

    Hahaha I still can’t believe you were at 5 minutes from our home! Next time you should definitely pop over. Your comment about Chantilly made me laugh: yes, it’s a little sleepy here 😉

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 28 July 2014 at 09:32

      Merci & avec plaisir! It was really a tad sleepy, plus it was Sunday do everything was closed apart from a few restaurants. Very different from Paris, quoi!?

  • Reply Lisa Hjalt 28 July 2014 at 13:11

    I knew there was a reason why I made coffee before opening your blog today 😉 The scenery is stunning, the halls are gorgeous, and let me just add that I love the copper saucepans hanging on the wall in the restaurant.

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 28 July 2014 at 14:26

      Ah I knew you gonna appreciate this little travel post, Lisa! And what’s better than a coffee to accompany a little virtual voyage to a château. Well in this case, maybe a dollop of chantilly in the coffee LOL

  • Reply Kasia Pohl 29 July 2014 at 06:09

    Das ist eine tolle Abwechslung von Paris:) Auch wenn man ein Stadtmensch ist, genießt man das Land sicherlich einmal;)
    Es sieht nach einem wunderschönem, entspanten Tag!:)

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 29 July 2014 at 07:05

      Das stimmt Kasia! Außerdem hatten wir so gutes Wetter, das war ein echt schöner Ausflug aufs Land!

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