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February 5, 2015
Off the beaten path sites near Paris
June 18, 2014
Chateau de Maintenon : This beautiful castle can be visited on your way to Chartres.
The building would probably have remained anonymous had it not been for its famous owner, who was to leave her mark on the site forever – Madame de Maintenon, and with her, the Sun King himself, Louis XIV. The story of Madame de Maintenon is one of a governess who became Queen!
The château bears witness to the remarkable ascendancy of Françoise d’Aubigné. It underwent a series of major transformations to meet the needs of the Court and the King: the grand gallery between the château and the church was built to protect the Absolute Monarch from bad weather on his way to mass. It was also at this time that Le Nôtre redesigned the grounds, creating a magnificent landscape dominated by water – perhaps to make up in some way for the lack of water at Versailles…
An other location worth the visit that I just discovered even though I live 20 minutes axay from it is the Caillebotte property. Less known than Giverny or Auvers-sur-Oise, the city of Yerres hosted painter *Gustave Caillebotte* who created numerous masterpieces in this family property.
Some 40 amazing pieces produced here and which have been incorporated into prestigious collections such as the National Gallery in Washington, the Musée d’Orsay, the Art Museum de Milwaukee, and the Musée Marmottan Monet, have been assembled in this exceptional presentation. (on until July 20th)