And that's the task I had ahead of me when trying to find a day trip destination from Paris suitable for a multigenerational group of nine during our Christmas trip. I knew a break from the city during a week-long trip would be both pleasant and necessary. We all crave an escape from the crowds and the fast pace after a while. So I read up on a lot of the usual suspects. Versailles sounded way too big and unmanageable for our crew of nine to navigate in a few hours. Given the typical weather in December and January, Giverny and Normandy didn't sound like good options with young children either.
I somehow stumbled upon Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte's website. And I just had a hunch it was a good fit for us. It was probably my favorite day of the trip, as it was so peaceful and beautiful, and yet still decidedly French from beginning to end. We barely had to share the place with anyone else. The Christmas décor was unlike anything I'd seen before. Gorgeous, but not gaudy. The kids were pretty mesmerized by the whole experience, too.
|This scene was made entirely of chocolate. The smell was incredible!|
All in all, it was exactly what I had hoped it would be: serene, regal, and enjoyable for everyone from 5 months to 60+. Just like a classic bucket of Legos. Which just might be the strangest comparison I've ever made on this blog.
I'll be providing more information on a visit to the chateau at Ciao Bambino in the next few weeks, as the chateau re-opens for the season in March.
This post is a part of Friday Postcards at Walking on Travels.