Where to start about this small town about 30 minutes from Paris by train.
This is what Wikipedia has to say about this lovely medieval town. “Chantilly is a commune in the Oise department in the valley of the Nonette in the Hauts-de-France region of northern France. Surrounded by Chantilly Forest, the town of 11,000 inhabitants falls within the metropolitan area of Paris. It lies 38.4 km north-northeast of the centre of Paris.
Intimately tied to the House of Montmorency in the 15th to 17th centuries, the Château de Chantilly was home to the princes of Condé, cousins of the kings of France, from the 17th to the 19th centuries. It now houses the Musée Condé. Chantilly is also known for its horse racing track, the Chantilly Racecourse, where prestigious races are held for the prix du Jockey Club and the prix de Diane.
Chantilly and the surrounding communities are home to the largest racehorse-training community in France.
Chantilly is also home to the Living Museum of the Horse, with stables built by the Princes of Condé.” Unfortunately, I have no shots of the interior of this magnificent building.
“It is considered one of the more important tourist destinations in the Paris area. Chantilly gave its name to Chantilly cream and to Chantilly lace.“
The Wikipedia entry doesn’t do justice to the town. It is prescriptive not descriptive. Chantilly is charming, it didn’t feel touristy, which for us is always a bonus, and the buildings and surrounding areas are picturesque.
The gem of course is the Chateau itself and its interior.
The lack of crowds as encountered at other popular locations made shooting the interior of this historic Chateau relatively easy except for the light.
I find the ceiling in some of these old historic buildings utterly intriguing in their craftsmanship and I’m in awe of the workmanship and the decorative features.
Unfortunately, on the day of our visit the weather was far from ideal for photography with an overcast sky. We dined at the Chateau. The food was excellent and well priced given the location. The only problem we encountered was local transport from the GARE to the Chateau was non existent. This could change in warmer months. Overall a very worthwhile place to spend a few hours or a day out of Paris.
All shots were taken with Nikon Z7 and Zeiss Milvus 25/1.4.
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