Thursday, May 8, 2008

Chateau de Chantilly


My mom took this lovely photo of Chateau de Chantilly a few days ago. Isn't it beautiful? The Chateau rests on a spectacular 7800 hectare estate and is filled with spectacular art treasures. The gardens are amazing and even the stables are palatial!

I'm going to try and drop off my thesis to my readers this morning, so I'm pretty busy, but I'm also trying to create an itinerary of all the places I want to go this trip.

Places I have to go:

Arts and Culture:

The Cluny Museum--I didn't go here last time and I'm just dying to go--they are supposed to have one of the best collections of Medieval art in Europe.

The Louvre--I could never visit this place enough--so much to see!.

Chartres--I've wanted to go there since I was in highschool. I wrote a paper on the great cathedrals of the world as my project in Junior year. Just a short day trip from Paris!

Versailles--I didn't get a chance to visit Versailles before, and it's a must.

Shopping:
Laduree-The famous Parisian bakery. I simply must have one of their celebrated macaroons. Thank you for the suggestion, Nancy!

Hermes--Every time we went past the store last time, it was closed! And since I'm not Oprah, I didn't try to get them to open it for me. I probably don't dare go in with a credit card, but I think even browsing will be satisfying. So many beautiful things!

Longchamp--It's not Hermes, but I love the simple elegance of their handbags. I'm hoping to get one--it will all depend on how well I budget!

Only a few hours till I'm on my way! Yay!

3 comments:

K Spoering said...

Ah! At the Cluny, please say hello to the Unicorn tapestries for me! A good book to read as you travel would be Tracy Chevalier's The Lady and the Unicorn, if you've not yet read it!

wanderlustnpixiedust said...

Goodness! I forgot that you were leaving. How exciting. Margaret, you've no idea how much this ex-flight attendant can't wait to hear about your adventures and see all your pix. Have a safe and wonderful trip!

Winchi said...

Hi,

I'm in Paris (10-23 thru 26) I'd love to visit the Ch√Ęteau de Chantilly.
What's the best(easiest) way to get there?
BTW I don't speak any French. Will I have any problem traveling outside of Paris?

Thanks,

Winchi