Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Chateau de Vaux-Le-Vicomte

 Mooring on the Seine.

Due to a passenger pulling out of the Chateau excursion, I was able to go, instead of doing a walking tour. A beautiful morning spent there. 
Entrance to the Chateau

 All the window shutters are hand painted.
 The chandeliers and lamps are French Baccarat Glass, 
 Overlooking the beautiful baroque gardens, created by Andre' Le Note.
 The Man in the Iron Mask, Richard Chamberlain played the role in the movie.
 The main meal was regularly wild boar.
 The library's beautiful tapestry chairs.
Bedroom in waiting for King Louis in case he decided to visit.
The beds are extremely short in length due to the superstition that if you lie down fully, you would die as this is the death position. They slept sitting up, pillows behind them and this is why the headboard was invented.


 The rear view overlooking the garden.


 The tradition of giving lily of the valley flowers on May 1 is said to have begun in 1560, when knight Louis Girard presented King Charles IX with a bunch of lily-of-the-valley flowers as a token of luck and prosperity for the coming year.
It is said that he took a shine to the idea and began the custom of presenting lily-of-the-valley flowers to the ladies of his court each year on the same day.



9 comments:

  1. Wow! What good luck.

    The gardens are amazing. And it's interesting to hear about lily of the valley - I wonder if that's how it came to be the May birth-flower, or if it is just because it flowers at this time of year in the northern hemisphere.

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  2. What a fabulous day's outing. The castle would be perfect if there was room for quilting. Lol

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  3. Yesterday my Hello magazine arrived and there is an 8 page spread on this exact Chateau. I recognised it by the reference to the "Man in the Iron Mask", which is discussed in the article. Then, of course, had to check the photograph. How fantastic to actually be there. Did you see Countess Cristina De Vogue or any of her three sons?

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  4. I never knew that was why people slept sitting up. Most uncomfortable - as a child I did because of asthma.

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  5. I could use that library ladder - but the building and gardens are a bit opulent. The outbuildings and simple plantings there are lovely.

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  6. Thanks for the tour. You aren't the only one who enjoyed it ... great!

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  7. Loving your tour Jenni. And loving those little facts that you are giving us - who knew we should sleep sitting up. Lily of the valley is my birth flower.

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