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A long walk in the park of one of my favorite castles

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Hello dear Sparkfriends!

I hope you are all having a fantastic weekend! I have to say mine is wonderful!!! This morning, I went for a hike in the forest. It was good because it felt a bit less hot in the shade of the trees!

Afterwards, I went for a long walk around the park of Chantilly castle... At least two of my sparkfriends told me lately (hello 1BEACHWALKER and GIANTPANDA!!!) how they like castles... So I thought I should show you one of my favorite ones in my area! Because the weather was so gorgeous, I mostly saw the park, but did take lots of photos of the castle too... See...

Throughout the park, there were lots of sculptures, it was fun discovering them everywhere!

Even the flower pots had some sculptures on them!

Chantilly castle is made up of several buildings that were built between the 16th and the 19th century. This is one of the things I enjoyed the most: discovering all these buildings throughout the park. I cannot show them all, as there were so many, so I have kept the photos of the ones I liked the most!

The stables... (The building is huge and there is the Living Horse Museum in it... I visited it years ago and loved it!)

A house where they used to keep the plants for the park... Not too bad for a warehouse, hey?!

The orangery (it is being refurbished):

A lovely hamlet with 17th century houses and a watermill:

And this gorgeous manor which use I couldn't identify - but it was probably my favorite, especially with the horses outside!

But the park itself was absolutely amazing and well worth a long walk!

I loved the big carps in the water just outside the castle... Sometimes they jump and they are so noisy!

The water is everywhere in the park...

Apparently this cascade was the one element of the park André Le Nôtre, who created it in the 17th century, was the most proud of. For the time, it was quite incredible!

And then, of course, there were some pretty flowers (you know me, I cannot resist to show you a few!)...

Some wild ones...

And some not so wild ones that still looked pretty wild!

One thing that surprised me was how few people I saw! It wasn't difficult to avoid having a crowd of people on my pictures (which is sometimes nearly impossible in Versailles!). However, I found these two little girls quite cute:

Before I say goodbye... one last view at the castle!

Oh la la, I realize there are LOTS of pictures!!! Sorry!!! It was so difficult to choose from the 200 photos or so I took today! :( I hope you enjoyed it and felt a bit like you had been to Chantilly with me today. I think of all of you on my walks. You are my inspiration! Thank you. :)

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