A Midsummer’s Night Dream


Secret Garden #3


Would you like to join me for a picnic and a candlelit evening exploring the beautiful gardens of a French château? Today, I am taking you beyond Paris to the beautiful gardens of the Château de Vaux-Le-Vicomte. Vicomte is a baroque French Château located in Maincy, near Melun, 55km southeast of Paris.

I  first heard of the Château de Vaux-Le-Vicomte from my professor at La Sorbonne, who spoke passionately about a less known Château situated on the outskirts of Paris. He described how on summer evenings the château is lit up with 2000 candles. ‘C’est magnifique!’, he said. ‘Il faut aller!’. You must go, he insisted. I couldn’t wait to visit.

The road that leads to Vicomte is lined with tall oak trees and surrounded by spectacular French countryside. It resembles an impressionist painting. As it’s a road less travelled, it can be tricky to find directly en route from Paris. Somehow getting there seems to be all part of the adventure.

The magic and mystery starts at the gates. Vicomte’s exterior is exquisite, but until you enter the grounds you have no idea of the vast vistas and 500 hectares of breathtaking beauty that lie behind its mysterious façade. And no idea of the most magical evening that is about to unfold…









All practical info on Château Vaux-Le-Vicomte can be found here


  1. Ca donne envie de partir en vanccae (pauvre de moi !). Pour Vaux-le-Vicomte, c’est plutf4t original de faire une visite aux chandelles. Tu as pre9vu de faire un post dessus

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