January 1st, 2014: A quiet day spent inside the apartment. Jim has a sore throat and needed a day of rest; much like I needed one last week when I had indigestion problems. It was a good day for reading and catching up on bookkeeping. We'd shopped for supplies earlier in the week and had no real reason to go out into the overcast day. Unfortunately, we didn't have the Rose Parade to entertain us or the multitude of football games that are available in the USA on this first day of the new year.
We'd read in various Internet sites that it could take us from half an hour up to nearly three hours for the trip by train. Buying our tickets for the round trip from the machine was easy enough. Then we found the track and a train that ended at Melun. What we didn't think about was the fact that we were catching the "milk run" that stopped at every station. We had a nearly empty car that left Paris at ten o'clock; enjoyed the countryside as we slowly moved from station to station and in an hour we'd arrive at Melun. Walked outside and easily found the Taxi Que.
The sun was shining brightly as we left the taxi; we'd asked about the return trip and he'd given us a business card with a telephone number. He said that a staff member at the Chateau would make the call for us when we were ready to return.
We picked up audio headsets that described each of the rooms that we entered. There were multiple Christmas trees in each room. I know you'll enjoy the slideshow that features all of the different rooms and if you have access to Facebook, I've posted several videos of the decorations.
Forquet ended in prison, his estate and family ruined. The King hired Le Notre, Le Vau and Le Brun to create his own masterpiece at his hunting lodge in Versaille. Today that is the most visited place in France and at least five times larger than the Chateau that we visited today.
Vaux Le Vicomte is still privately owned, it changed hands three times over the years. The present owners are Patrice and Cristina De Vogue, the Comte and Comtesse De Vogue, descendants of Alfred Sommier who acquired the estate in 1875.
I used my cell phone and called the telephone number on the card from the taxi driver: 01.64.52.51.50....just in case you make this trip. He arrived in about fifteen minutes and after we were settled in the car he introduced himself. He was from Portugal and I asked if his name was Matias Enrico?
We checked the trains and found a DIRECT to Gare de Lyon. Could have taken a "milk run" about fifteen minutes earlier but by waiting until 3:45 pm train, we were back in Paris in half an hour! No stops! Back on the Metro...we did only three changes and went a bit out of our way but less of a hassle. Soon we were back in the sixth arrondissment and after a short stop at the post office we were home by 5:30 pm. A wonderful day full of beautiful experiences.
I hope you've time to enjoy the slideshow today: