"Vaux le Vicomte" Melun by Dabs
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Vaux le Vicomte was my favorite chateau on this trip, the history is just so delicious, the greedy Cardinal Marazin, his scheming flunky Colbert, the young impressionable King Louis XIV so consumed with jealousy that he had the wealthy Fouquet arrested at the chateau's housewarming party. Fouquet died in a French prison, the king enjoyed the beautiful chateau he built. The rural setting and meager crowds allow you to imagine just what it would have been like to own such a fabulous chateau and just how devilish all the King's men were to have wrested it from it's rightful owner. It's said that Vaux le Vicomte was the inspiration for Louis XIV to build Versailles.
Melun was a good base for exploration of the area southeast of Paris, from here it was 10 minutes to Vaux le Vicomte, 15 minutes to Blandy, 30 minutes to Fontainebleau and just a short way from there we also visited Moiret sur Loing. With an early start we were able to visit Vaux le Vicomte in the morning, have lunch in Melun, visit Fontainebleau in the afternoon and stop by Moiret sur Loing in the late afternoon. The next morning we drove to Blandy for a visit and then headed to Paris.
The 1st stop on your tour will likely be the carriage house which has a display of 18th and 19th century horse drawn... more travel advice
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