Vaux-le-Vicomte, Life Downstairs

Life upstairs at Vaux-le-Vicomte was fancy and picture perfect, and it took hard work from the staff to make it appear effortless. Much of the behind the scenes work was done downstairs.

Do you remember the elaborately decorated dining room that I shared with you last week? The staff’s dining room looks like a prison cell in comparison.

Its not horrible, just sparse and not somewhere I’d want to spend a lot of time.

A dark corridor nearby leads to the château’s cellar. I imagine that during its heyday, this would have been packed with barrels of wine.

Next up is the kitchen. When I spotted the first shiny copper pan I got excited.

Once upon a time I may have been was totally shouted at for ignoring the posted signs and trying to sneak a photo of the copper pots on display at Monet’s home in Giverny.

Some may find this sort of thing hokey, but I always enjoy a staged room. It makes it easier for me to imagine what daily life might have looked like.

Oh look! More copper pots!

This copper fountain was a nice surprise as well. Filled with well water, it would have been one of the many sources of clean drinking water for the château.

One more Vaux-le-Vicomte post has been scheduled for tomorrow. We’ll be back upstairs, and will finish with one of my favourite features. Until then..

Bonne journée!


6 thoughts on “Vaux-le-Vicomte, Life Downstairs

  1. Okay, is it weird that I want all of those copper pots and pans for my kitchen?
    Or maybe just a few because I clearly don’t need them all.
    Also, imagine all the selfies we could take in that dungeon! Influencer aesthetic x1000

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    1. Now that you say that, I feel like I missed out on a solid selfie opportunity. Looks like I’ll have to return, with you in tow.


    1. I heard that you can now take photos of the pots at Giverny to your heart’s content. But I like my story more. 🤭 I can still hear the woman’s voice, “MADAME! NO PHOTOS!!” LOL

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