{travel | château de vaux-le-vicomte, maincy, france}


. . . just 55 kilometres southeast of paris, near melun, and in maincy, lies a baroque french château, vaux-le-vicomte, one of the places shall always love best; a favourite parisian cousin drove us there one magnificently cloudy day, past tree-lined and winding country roads, old stone churches and fields of crimson poppies, past tiny cafés in picturesque villages, and when we finally arrived, it was utterly breathtaking . . .


[as always, more below] x


. . . built by nicolas fouquet between 1656 and 1661, le château de vaux-le-vicomte includes the work of three artists: louis le vau as architect, charles le brun as decorator, and andre le notre as landscaper; as the story goes, the château's magnificence was said to have incurred the jealously of the king louis xiv, who built the château de versailles to be even grander, although it is believed that his inspiration was based heavily on vaux-le-vicomte . . .


. . . and since our photographs still lie trapped in a camera somewhere, was positively thrilled to happen upon these and be brought back to that beautifully cloudy day in june, just outside of paris . . .




{p.s.} more images : the grand salon or rotunda // the gardens // salon d'hercules

{images: all photography by ♫ ♪ zoomy on flickr; extra images via paris1972}

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Anonymous liisa said...

Such beautiful visual architect!love france

February 06, 2012  
Blogger Design is... All in the Detail said...

Just found your blog and it is love at first sight! Beautiful - I am your newest follower! Have a lovely Monday. See you soon!

February 06, 2012  
Blogger The enchanted home said...

Wow. Just wow. Totally breathtaking, makes me weak at the knees, could hit me over with a feather kind of beautiful.

February 06, 2012  
Blogger Whitney Cosgrave said...

wow, so beautiful. I have the travel bug BADLY!

February 06, 2012  
Blogger Karena said...

Such a wondrous site to behold. I would love to see images of the interior as well.


Art by Karena

February 06, 2012  
Blogger Ann On and On... said...

Just the idea of my feet some day walking on that ground makes today brighter. Dreaming big...ending up in wonderland.

February 06, 2012  
Blogger SoulsFireDesigns said...

Oh my goodness, what a breathtakingly beautiful place! Thank you for sharing!

February 06, 2012  
Blogger Rachel Marlena Stevens said...

So beautiful - I love it!

February 06, 2012  
Anonymous Stacee at Darling Kichaa said...

Could it be anywhere but France?! So gorgeous.

February 06, 2012  
Blogger Aja Lake [the gold hat.] said...

beyond beautiful! xx

February 06, 2012  
Anonymous Lauren said...

Makes me want to hop on a plane and head to Paris tout de suite! What lovely images to take me away from my desk on a Monday!

February 07, 2012  
Anonymous Beth from Trés Bien Ensemble said...

So very lovely! It's on our list of possible wedding venues for this year :)

February 07, 2012  
Blogger Makeup Morsels said...

Hm, I think I can see why King Louis XIV would have been jealous :) I hope I can visit one day.

February 07, 2012  
Anonymous Iconiclook.com said...

Wish I could live there for a summer...

February 07, 2012  
Anonymous Mavie said...

This was fantastic. The photographs captured the beauty of the chateau beautifully.

February 07, 2012  
Blogger Alexa said...

Oh my goodness...it's so incredibly elegant!

February 07, 2012  
Blogger Niki MyScandinavianHome said...

How beautiful and romantic! I have just found your blog and will definitely be stopping by regularly from now on! :)

February 07, 2012  
Blogger The Caledonian Mining Expedition Company said...

How intensely glorious...

February 07, 2012  
Anonymous christina @greige said...

I am putting this on my list for next time! It looks so beautiful!


February 08, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just adore this old castles ... how romantic! x

February 08, 2012  
Anonymous Elissa said...

One of my favorite chateaux in all of France!

February 09, 2013  

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