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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Chateau de Chantilly - Only a 24-Minute Train from Paris

Here in Paris, the winter is dark, cold, rainy, and windy.  That's why we have to make the most of every sunny weekend day in the fall.  Last weekend was really beautiful weather here, so we had to get out.  We read that the Chateau de Chantilly has huge grounds, with several styles of garden. So, we took the metro to Gare du Nord and then took a real train ride of only 24 minutes to get there.  It's a pleasant 15-20 minute walk to the chateau from the train station.  The chateau also has an impressive book collection, an impressive art collection, a "living horse museum", which is exactly what it says it is - live horses of various types on view in stalls for our benefit.  Here are a few of the sights around the sprawling gardens.  Below is the chateau itself.  

Indulging my creative side a bit in the next two.  But bear with me.  If you look carefully, you'll see they aren't just a mush of colors.  It's trees reflected in the canal, and fish under the water.  Just a photo of what's right there in front of me.  No tricks!  Inspired by Van Gogh and Monet and some modern photographers too. 

The dark gray koi watched us from under the water, hoping we would throw them a snack. Funny to think these fish can watch things outside the water and be smart enough to anticipate that food may be coming their way. 

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